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.
Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Contact: Paul Purifoy, 231-326-5134
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that the entrance fee to the park will be waived on Monday, January 21.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, along with 398 units of the national park system, will waive entrance fees during the upcoming holiday as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage everyone to visit and experience the many wonders of their national parks across America. The other fee free days this year include: April 22 - 26 (National Park Week), August 25 (National Park Service Birthday), September 28 (National Public Lands Day), and November 9 - 11 (Veterans Day Weekend).
Winter is a great time to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Visit the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily) to learn about all the park has to offer in winter. Bring your tube or saucer and enjoy the designated sliding hill at the Dune Climb, or cross-country ski/snowshoe one of the many trails in the park. Also, don't forget to join us for a Park Ranger-led Snowshoe Hike every Saturday. Hikes begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Reservations are required.Park Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are limited to 30 participants. Please call 231 326-515 ext. 328 for details and to make reservations.
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...