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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was authorized by congress on October 21, 1970. It encompasses a 35 mile stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern shoreline and North and South Manitou Islands. The Park was established to preserve the "outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena...for the benefit, inspiration, education, recreation, and enjoyment of the public." The Lakeshore also contains many cultural features including an 1871 lighthouse, three former U.S. Life-Saving Service or Coast Guard Stations and an extensive rural historic farm district - Port Oneida.
Natural and Cultural Resources
Area - 71,199 acres
Buildings - 370
Did You Know?
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...