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.
Welcome to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! It is a privilege and honor for us to serve as the management team for this beautiful National Park site.
Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of the most scenic and publicly accessible portions of the Lake Michigan shoreline. We believe deeply in the National Park Service mission of preserving our nation's natural and cultural treasures for future generations. Some of the most prominent features of this Lakeshore includes forests, beaches, lakes, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. These resources are of global importance due to their relatively unimpacted state, the variety of features, their proximity to each other, and their protected status.
We invite you to enjoy the natural resources in all their splendor, while contemplating the wealth of cultural history that took place here too.
Feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or concerns. Come to the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire or stop in at any of the ranger stations or campgrounds.
Did You Know?
Where can you go to climb sand dunes over 200 feet high? The Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also gives you a great view of Glen Lake. The hike to Lake Michigan is over 1.5 miles through the dunes from here. Take some water and wear good shoes! More...