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?
Float the river! There is more to do at Sleeping Bear Dunes than just climb sand dunes. A hot summer day is ideal for floating the Platte or Crystal River. More...