Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. More »
Some restrooms and trash cans not available until Memorial Day
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Other than those at the visitor center and campgrounds, restrooms and trash cans will not be available until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. This includes the Manitou Islands. More »
Springs and Seeps
The springs and seeps of the Lakeshore are scattered and yet important to the habitats where they are found. A number of springs provide important habitat for the extremely rare Michigan monkey-flower, a small plant that likes to keep its feet wet. They also provide supplemental water to the creeks and inland lakes and provide little micro-climate areas for native plants and watering holes for animals. There are even springs on the two islands which are used for water and which have an assortment of sedges, rushes, and forbs associated with them. Occasionally, a tree will tap its roots into one of the springs and will then grow into a massive representative of its species. These areas are also important frog and salamander breeding habitat because they flow year-round, do not have any predator fish, and are surrounded by limbs, brush and trees for hiding cover.
Did You Know?
Float the river! There is more to do at Sleeping Bear Dunes than just climb sand dunes. A hot summer day is ideal for floating the Platte or Crystal River. More...