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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.

    The well at the Weather Station Campground is down for repair. Water is not available at the campground at this time.

  • Changes in compendium

    The Superintendent's Compendium for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was updated on August 19, 2014. Changes were related to designated wilderness, mushroom collecting, and the use of unmanned aircraft. More »

Wetlands, Marshes and Swamps

In addition to the open water habitats of Lake Michigan and the inland lakes, there are a series of small wetlands, bogs, and marshes that provide important nesting areas for waterfowl, breeding areas for amphibians, and feeding areas for birds, reptiles, and a host of mammals. These wet areas also include rare plants in addition to a large number of sedges, rushes, aquatic grasses, cattails, and flowering plants that love to keep their roots wet throughout the year. Over 500 acres of wetland habitat have been identified, which is a significant amount considering the Lakeshore is known for its sand dunes and sandy, forested slopes. Thank the glaciers of bygone eras for gouging out the earth and leaving small depressions and lakes. Thousands of years of wind and active dunes have left a myriad of interdunal swales. Both of the processes have created a wonderful assortment of bogs and marshes for nature to use.

Did You Know?

North Manitou Island Beach

North Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is located in the pristine waters of Lake Michigan about 8 miles off the Northwest part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's 15,000 acres, managed as wilderness is Backpacking Heaven! More...