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 Welcomes Deer Hunters
Contact: Steve Yancho, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides the following information to help deer hunters who will be visiting the National Lakeshore. Hunters are welcome and the National Park Service seeks the cooperation of all our visitors in protecting and sharing the resources of the park during the hunt.
According to Superintendent Dusty Shultz, all lands within the boundary of the National Lakeshore are administered under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which protects the natural resources in areas under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Non-conflicting Michigan hunting laws are also enforced as part of the CFR.
Following special State of Michigan regulations, all baiting and feeding of deer is prohibited in the National Lakeshore and throughout the Lower Peninsula due to the documentation of chronic wasting disease.
Superintendent Shultz reminds hunters that some National Park Service regulations are not found in the 2008 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Guide, but they will be enforced by park rangers. These regulations are:
The following National Lakeshore facilities are closed to hunting, including a 450 foot (137 meter) safety zone:
For further information about entrance fees or hunting in the National Lakeshore, contact park headquarters at 231-326-5134, the Leelanau District Ranger Station at 231-334-3756 or the Platte River Ranger Station at 231-325-5562.
Did You Know?
The sand and gravel bluffs on the Lake Michigan shore in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are 450 feet above the lake level providing outstanding views and sunsets. On a clear day, you can see South Manitou Island. More...