• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Gift of the Lakeshore

Annual Park Pass to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore makes a great holiday gift.

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News Release Date: December 3, 2008
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134

If you are looking for a long lasting, fun-filled holiday gift for someone who loves to go to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, why not wrap up an annual park pass for them? For just $20, a pass covers the entrance fee for one year from date of purchase and is good for everyone in one vehicle. Whether it’s the National Lakeshore beaches from Platte Point to Good Harbor Bay, the Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, the historic village of Glen Haven, 100+ miles of trails on the mainland, or the Manitou Islands that are favorite places, an annual pass allows the owner to visit anytime and throughout all the seasons.

Passes are available over the phone with a credit card or by stopping in the Philip Hart Visitor Center in Empire, open daily from 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please note that the Visitor Center will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days and the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, which closes mid-November, will reopen in April. In the meantime, the Scenic Drive is used for skiing, walking and snowshoeing.

“We are so lucky to have this national park site in Northwest Lower Michigan,” said Dusty Shultz, Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. “Recreational opportunities, incredible vistas, forests and farmlands, history and nature abound throughout these 71,000+ protected acres.” Visitors may be rewarded with a new perspective on the landscape if they come in the winter. Beaches, with strange ice formations, are shaped before your eyes by storms that have been known to uncover long buried treasures. The dunes are easier to hike in the winter and sometimes, there is even enough snow to sled down the Dune Climb! Fresh snows are also great for discovering animal tracks while you are out exploring. 

For more information on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please call park headquarters at 231-326-5134.

Did You Know?

The Dune Climb

Where can you go to climb sand dunes over 200 feet high? The Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also gives you a great view of Glen Lake. The hike to Lake Michigan is over 1.5 miles through the dunes from here. Take some water and wear good shoes! More...