• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Rivers and Streams

Otter Creek Spit at Esch Road
There are 2 small rivers and 2 creeks that flow within the Lakeshore. The Platte and Crystal Rivers are favorite canoe, kayak, and inner tube rivers for families and groups. Shalda and Otter Creeks are small streams that are favorites for fishing and viewing beaver, otter, and muskrats. The waterways come from inland lakes and empty into Lake Michigan. They sport annual runs of salmon and other species such as smelt that migrate in from Lake Michigan. There are a number of wetlands associated with each, and several forest and wetland habitat types can be seen whether hiking or floating along their courses.

Did You Know?

North Bar Lake

You can enjoy the warm water of a small inland lake and walk a few steps across the pristine sand dunes to Lake Michigan and experience the refreshing cool waves of the big lake at North Bar Lake in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...