Some restrooms and trash cans not available until Memorial Day
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Other than those at the visitor center and campgrounds, restrooms and trash cans will not be available until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. This includes the Manitou Islands. More »
Maritime Museum closed
The Maritime Museum and Boathouse are closed until further notice.
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?
There are 21 inland lakes within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore one of these small lakes for a close-up view of some of the birds, mammals, and wildflowers protected there. By the way, the fishing is usually great! More...