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 Announces New Campground Reservation Contract
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Superintendent Dusty Shultz has announced that effective February 7, 2007, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will offer camping reservations through a new system, the National Recreation Reservation Service, operated by ReserveAmerica.
The National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) was created with the goal of simplifying trip planning for the general public by consolidating all federal recreation information and reservations under one provider. Through the NRRS, reservations may be made via phone or internet up to six months in advance of the camping date desired. This is an improvement over the current system.
For the Lakeshore’s 2007 summer season, reservations will open on January 5, 2007 for arrival dates on or before June 4, 2007. Campers wishing to reserve a site for these dates should continue to use the current phone number (1-800-365-CAMP, park code SLE) or website (http://reservations.nps.gov).
From January 24th through February 6th, there will be no reservations accepted as the system transition takes place. On February 7, 2007, reservations will open for arrival dates up to six months in advance, including the period from June 5th to August 6th. After February 7th, campers wishing to reserve a site should call 1-877-444-6777 or visit http://www.recreation.gov.
To obtain more information or provide comments, please visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/slbe or write the Superintendent at 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630.
Did You Know?
During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...