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.
Veterans Day is Fee-Free at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that Veterans Day, November 11, 2010, will again be celebrated as a fee-free day for all park visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture began this annual fee waiver four 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 National 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 Sunday, November 14); 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 2011. Come and enjoy your park on Veterans Day or any day! Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is open year-round. The Philip A. Hart Visitor Center is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.
For more information, please call the National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a popular field trip destination for school groups. Students can learn about geologic formation of the sand dunes, the fauna and flora that make this area home, and the logging and farming history as the area developed. More...