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.
Rangers Look for Signs of Spring!
Contact: Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, 231-326-5134, ext. 328
The popular “Saturdays at the Lakeshore” continue in March with National Park Rangers leading guided hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This month’s hikes will focus on the change in seasons as the natural world breaks out of winter’s grip. Hikers will seek out the first signs of spring, observe what happened under the snow, search for shipwrecks cast up by winter storms, and witness history’s impact on our forest communities.
All hikes begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Empire. After a brief introduction, the group will travel a short distance by car to a specific location. Hikers will be out about an hour and a half and the activity will be concluded by 3:00 p.m. Some hikes may be moderately strenuous, but are suitable for folks of all ages. Parents are encouraged to bring their children along.
The hikes are free and reservations are not required; participants need only purchase a park 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, ext. 328.
Did You Know?
The lighthouse on South Manitou Island (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) was commissioned in 1872 and served Lake Michigan Shipping for over 100 years. You can take a tour of the lighthouse and climb its 117 step circular stairway to a great view of the Manitou Passage. More...