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.
The National Park Service Seeks Proposals for the Historic Sleeping Bear Inn
A Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) is currently being issued by the National Park Service (NPS) for the Sleeping Bear Inn in Glen Haven. The RFEI allows interested parties to submit their concept(s) for potential adaptive use of the Inn and its garage. The Inn was built in approximately 1865 and was used as a lodging and dining facility until 1972; the garage was built in 1928. The facilities are part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and are located in the historic village of Glen Haven along State Highway M-209, west of Glen Arbor. Additional information on the facilities, park, and process are available in the RFEI.
Copies of the RFEI are available for downloading at http://concessions.nps.gov/news.htm or you may contact Chief Ranger Phil Akers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9222 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 49630, 231-326-5135, ext. 400, email@example.com.
Site visits of the facilities are scheduled for October 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. and November 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. All parties wanting to attend one of the scheduled site visits must make a reservation via email message to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 10, 2013.
Did You Know?
The Pitcher's thistle is an endangered plant species that is native to the dunes around the Great Lakes. You will find many of them as you hike through the dunes or along the Lake Michigan shores at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...