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.
Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Trailway Plan and Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
Contact: Patty O'Donnell or Michael Duwe, 231-326-5134
The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments announces the availability of the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Trailway Plan and Environmental Assessment beginning on October 1, 2008. This document describes and analyzes alternative locations for a non-motorized trailway along highways M-22 and M-109 in Leelanau County. The proposed trailway would begin at Manning Road on the Leelanau-Benzie County line and end at County Road 651 at the north end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The trailway would be entirely on public lands in the National Lakeshore or on county road or state highway rights-of-way.
The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments encourages you to comment on the Trailway Plan/EA until the comment period closes on October 31, 2008. The document may be reviewed on the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments website at www.nwm.org/lshr.asp and the National Lakeshore’s website: Click Here. Paper copies are available for review at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire; the offices of Empire, Glen Arbor, Cleveland, and Centerville Townships; the Village of Empire Office, the Glen Lake Community Library (Empire), the Leland Township Library, and the Leelanau County Planning and Community Development Department. Comments may be sent to the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments by email to Patty O’Donnell (at the email address identified on their website) or by mail (Patty O’Donnell, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, P.O. Box 506, Traverse City, MI 49685-0506). Comments may also be sent to the National Lakeshore (Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630), or sent electronically through a link on the National Lakeshore’s website. Additionally, comments may be provided at a public open house to be held on Thursday, October 16 at the Glen Arbor Township Hall in Glen Arbor, from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments at 231-929-5039 or the National Lakeshore headquarters at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
North Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is located in the pristine waters of Lake Michigan about 8 miles off the Northwest part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's 15,000 acres, managed as wilderness is Backpacking Heaven! More...