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.
40 Millionth Visitor Welcomed
On Tuesday, July 9, the National Park Service (NPS) welcomed the 40 millionth visitor to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). Superintendent Dusty Shultz, Deputy Superintendent Tom Ulrich, and interpretive park rangers greeted Mary and Jerry Keller of Cincinnati, Ohio, with enthusiasm and gifts, at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. An announcement was made and the rest of the visitors applauded.
It was the Kellers’ first visit to the National Lakeshore. They were traveling with a larger, extended family group. Jerry and Mary told park staff, "We loved the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and especially the Lake Michigan Overlook!" The Kellers were presented with a certificate honoring them as the 40 millionth visitors (they walked through the door at the same time), complimentary entry, a "Passport to the National Parks" souvenir book, and a DVD of the sights and sounds of the National Lakeshore.
The National Lakeshore was created in 1970, but the NPS did not begin gathering statistics on visitor use until April 1976. This information is recorded from road, visitor center, and campground counters on the mainland as well as North and South Manitou Islands. For detailed statistics on all national park sites, the interested public is encouraged to go to https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/.
Did You Know?
The Port Oneida Rural Historical District is a 3000 acre farming area preserved as it was in the early 1900's. This area was farmed for over 100 years and is now part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore More...