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.
Lakeshore to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King Jr Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that the entrance fee to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be waived on Monday, January 20.
The National Lakeshore, along with 400 other 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: February 15-17 (Presidents’ Day weekend), April 19-20 (opening weekend of National Park Week), August 25 (National Park Service Birthday), September 27 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).
Winter is a great time to explore the 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 this time of year. Bring your tube or saucer and enjoy the designated sledding hill at the Dune Climb, or cross-country ski/snowshoe one of the many trails in the park. Also, don’t forget to join in on a park ranger-led snowshoe hike every Saturday. Hikes are limited to 30 participants, so plan to call early to make your reservation. Hikes begin at 1:00 p.m. at the visitor center. Please call 231-326-5135, extension 328, for details and to make reservations.
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...