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.
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Opening Postponed
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that the popular Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive located just off M-109 in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will not be opening Saturday, April 14 as originally scheduled. The usual mid-April opening has been postponed one week, until April 21 due to current weather conditions.
Unfortunately, the Scenic Drive is covered with snow and ice. Prior to opening the road for vehicle use, maintenance crews must remove trees, limbs and sand from the roadway as well as replace the boardwalks at the Lake Michigan Overlooks. Visitor and traffic safety are extremely critical elements when deciding whether to open park facilities as scheduled.
The “Saturdays at the Lakeshore” hike for this weekend is still on schedule and snowshoes will even be available for your use! Long Lost Log Cabins of the Lakeshore program is free, suitable for all ages and will last about two hours. Meet at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. for an introduction and directions to the cabins. No reservations are needed; 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 this or other ranger-led programs and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore activities, please call the Visitor Center at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
You will find a wide variety of camping and backpacking options at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - from electrical hook-ups and modern bathrooms to wilderness backpacking. More...