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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Entrance Fee Waived for Veterans and Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day

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Date: October 10, 2008
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134

Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that all U.S. military veterans and current members of the U.S. armed forces and their families are invited to enjoy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore free-of-charge on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008.

The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture began this annual fee waiver two years ago on Veterans Day.  The fee waiver applies to entrance and/or standard amenity fees at public recreation lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service across the country.  The fee waiver does not apply to camping fees at the Lakeshore.

Many of the popular attractions at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore remain open during this time of year including the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire (open 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily); the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily through Tuesday, November 11); the Dune Climb; and a hundred miles of hiking trails.  The Glen Haven Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Cannery Boat Museum and the Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum are closed for the season and will re-open in May 2009.  Come and enjoy your park on Veterans Day or any day!  Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is open year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

For more information, please call the Lakeshore at 231-326-5134.

Did You Know?

Ferry to Islands

Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...