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 Announces More Campsites Available for Reservation for 2010 Season at Platte River Campground
Contact: Paul Purifoy, 231-326-5134
Superintendent Dusty Shultz has announced that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will soon offer more campsite reservations at Platte River Campground through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS).
The very popular Platte River Campground typically fills up every night from late June to Labor Day. Until now, just over 25% of campsites have been reservable, and these filled up several months in advance. As a result, many campers seeking to make reservations were unable to do so. The National Park Service is increasing the reservable sites to about 66% in order to serve the growing number of campers who wish to plan their trips in advance. In addition, campsite reservations will be extended until October 1 of each year.
For those campers who wish to be more flexible in their arrival dates and length of stay, approximately 34% of campsites at Platte River will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each day, any reservable sites which are not taken will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservation fee. In addition, all campsites at D. H. Day Campground, near Glen Arbor, will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Through the NRRS, reservations for regular campsites (which accommodate up to six people) may be made by phone or internet up to six months in advance of the camping date desired. Regular campsites may be reserved from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through October 1. Group campsites (which accommodate up to 25 people) may be reserved up to one year in advance of the camping date desired. Group campsites may be reserved from the first weekend of May through October 1. Campers wishing to reserve a site may call 1-877-444-6777 or visit the website http://www.recreation.gov.
Did You Know?
The sand and gravel bluffs on the Lake Michigan shore in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are 450 feet above the lake level providing outstanding views and sunsets. On a clear day, you can see South Manitou Island. More...