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.
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 enjoy the warm water of a small inland lake and walk a few steps across the pristine sand dunes to Lake Michigan and experience the refreshing cool waves of the big lake at North Bar Lake in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...