Laws & Policies
Firearms and other weapons
Legislation: As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to legally possess firearms in this park. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.
Park User Responsibility: It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearm laws before entering this park. Please refer to the Michigan State Police website for information on the firearms laws of the state: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654---,00.html
Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities: Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Refer to 18 U.S.C. § 930.
Designated First Amendment Area located at the Dune Climb and Glen Lake Picnic Area (pdf file, 524 kb)
Designated First Amendment Area located at Platte River Point (pdf file, 505 kb)
Information on pets in the Lakeshore including a downloadable pet area map.
Code of Federal Regulations - 36 CFR
Did You Know?
There are over 100 miles of hiking trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Many of these trails can also be used for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. More...