Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
Non-native Forest Pests
Non-native insects and diseases are having a significant impact on the forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Insects such as emerald ash borer, Asian long horned beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, sirex wood wasp and gypsy moth can cause mass devastation. Diseases such as sudden oak death, oak wilt, beech bark disease, thousand cankers and many others can hide amongst healthy trees or go undetected when the death of a tree is mistakenly believed to be natural. Some of these insects and diseases are already within Lakeshore boundaries while others are knocking on our door.
Did You Know?
If you are an artist, you can apply to the Artist-In-Residence program and stay in the Lakeshore to enjoy some solitude and focused time. Check it out. More...