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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Offers North Manitou Island Deer Hunt
Contact: Steve Yancho, 231-326-5134
Permits are now available for the North Manitou Island special deer hunt within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The season begins with the bow hunt occurring from October 1 thru October 31. The firearm hunt will then occur from Saturday, November 1 through Sunday, November 9 in accordance with Michigan Department of Natural Resources regulations. There is no bag limit for the North Manitou Island hunt and the deer taken on this hunt do not count against the hunter’s mainland bag limit. Applications are now being accepted for:
If you think you would enjoy a late fall, wilderness hunting trip where you truly can “get away from it all,” the North Manitou Island deer hunt might be just the experience you are looking for. With the recent changes in the hunting regulations, the firearms hunt now falls after the last Friday of October. This year’s calendar puts the hunt a little later in the season. The regulation changes also allow for the hunters to track and take more than one animal.
Information about the hunts, ferry service, and island camping, as well as the permit application form, is available from the North Manitou Island web page on the park’s web site. Click here to view the NMI page. Applications are also available by calling Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...