Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. More »
Some restrooms and trash cans not available until Memorial Day
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Other than those at the visitor center and campgrounds, restrooms and trash cans will not be available until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. This includes the Manitou Islands. More »
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 night sky is vital to many plants and animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore home and it holds a variety of meanings for many cultures. An unpolluted night sky is especially valuable to humans wishing to experience natural darkness, shooting stars, or the Milky Way.