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.
Free Fall Fun - "Saturdays at the Lakeshore" in September
Contact: Jennifer Wurts, 231-326-5134
Are you ready to enjoy the crisp fall air? Then join a Park Ranger at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to explore the dunes, marvel at ghost forests, look for wildlife, and beautify the beaches!
Every Saturday after Labor Day, meet a Park Ranger at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire on M-72. The Park Ranger will introduce the week’s topic and then lead a car caravan a short distance to the starting point for the walk. Each week, a different topic and location in the park will be featured. All are welcome.
All Park Ranger-led programs are free. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Please note that on National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2009, the entrance fee is waived. Also, the program starts at noon instead of 1:00 p.m. Reservations are not required, but are suggested if you wish to bring a group. Please call 231-326-5134, extension 330, for details.
Did You Know?
There are over 100 miles of hiking trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Many of these trails can also be used for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. More...