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.
Our Staff & Offices
Greetings! It is indeed an honor and privilege to serve as Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! I remain in awe of the natural beauty, magnificent vistas, and valuable resources of this very special place. I believe deeply in the National Park Service mission of preserving our nation's natural and cultural treasures for future generations. It is a joy for me to work with the employees and volunteers who manage the park and provide the link to our visitors through interpretation and education of the natural and cultural resources represented in the park.
Please feel free to contact any of us with your questions, comments, or concerns. We care about this park and we know you do too.
The mission of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is to preserve the outstanding natural features along 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, in order to perpetuate the natural setting for the benefit and enjoyment of the public, and to protect the natural and historic features from developments and inappropriate uses that would destroy their scenic, scientific, historic, and recreational value.
Did You Know?
The Piping Plover is an endangered species that makes its home on the wide open beaches of Lakes Michigan and Superior. Several nesting pairs have made the shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore their home. Their nesting areas have been marked so they will not be disturbed.