No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.
The well at the Weather Station Campground is down for repair. Water is not available at the campground at this time.
Changes in compendium
The Superintendent's Compendium for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was updated on August 19, 2014. Changes were related to designated wilderness, mushroom collecting, and the use of unmanned aircraft. More »
Treat Yourself with a Saturday at the Lakeshore
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
The wildflowers are out, the birds are singing, and the weather is just right for exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. So put down the garden rake, get off the lawn mower and treat yourself to a hike with a National Park Service Ranger. “Saturdays at the Lakeshore” begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Empire on M-72 where you meet a Park Ranger for an introduction to that day’s topic. After the introduction, everyone drives a short distance to where the adventure begins. The program/hike lasts until approximately 3:00 p.m. Each week, a different topic and location in the National Lakeshore will be featured.
Park Rangers have planned activities that take advantage of the season. For example, June is the best time to see the rare Piping Plover, an endangered shorebird that nests on the beach, and it is the only time to experience the variety of wildflowers that grow on the sand dunes.
“Saturdays at the Lakeshore” are free and are suitable for all ages. No reservations are needed, and participants need only purchase the park entrance pass to join in the fun ($10/vehicle valid for seven days or $20/vehicle for an entire year). For more information about the schedule or other Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore activities, please call the Visitor Center at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
You can hunt for deer in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In fact there are special hunts on North Manitou Island to help manage the size of the deer herd on the island. More...