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.
Glen Haven Historic District Design Work to Begin
Contact: Lee Jameson, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshorehas contracted with the Architectural/Engineering Firm JJR from Ann Arbor, Michigan to develop contract documents for the next phase of the Glen Haven Historic District Development Concept Plan. The design will focus on visitor use facilities including, sidewalks, boardwalks, viewing platforms, parking, and drinking water/foot wash stations. Lakeshore staff is working with the Leelanau County Road Commission on the plans for parking and vehicular access. The improvements are scheduled to begin in the late summer or fall of 2008. Other work planned for the Glen Haven Historic District will include repairs to the Cannery Boat Museum, stabilization or rehabilitation of historic structures and cultural landscape features, and the installation of interpretive exhibits. Public restroom facilities and the restoration of the Blacksmith Shop and D.H. Day Store have already been completed serving as popular visitor attractions staffed by Lakeshore volunteers and Eastern National bookstore staff.
Glen Haven Village on Sleeping Bear Bay is perhaps the best preserved example of a frontier wooding station and steamboat stop on all of the Great Lakes. David Henry Day is credited with having done more than anyone else to “settle” this part of Northern Michigan. His achievements included lumbering, shipping, forestry, growing and canning cherries, conservation, road building, and tourism.
For more information on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please call the park headquarters at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a popular field trip destination for school groups. Students can learn about geologic formation of the sand dunes, the fauna and flora that make this area home, and the logging and farming history as the area developed. More...