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.
May "Saturdays at the Lakeshore"
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Would you like to visit a beaver pond, smell spring wildflowers, search for morels, or identify migrating birds? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the place to do all that and more. Spring is an excellent time to hike and park rangers are looking forward to sharing some of their favorite places in the National Lakeshore with you during May “Saturdays at the Lakeshore.”
Every Saturday afternoon, a Park Ranger will meet you at the Visitor Center in Empire on M-72 at 1:00 p.m. and then drive a short distance to where the walk will begin. Every week, a different topic and location will be featured.
All hikes are free, suitable for all ages and end by 3:00 p.m. No reservations are needed; however anyone wishing to use assisted listening devices that are provided by the park are asked to arrive early to set up the equipment. All participants must display a park entrance pass on their vehicle dashboard when in the Lakeshore ($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?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...