No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.
The well at the Weather Station Campground is down for repair. Water is not available at the campground at this time.
Changes in compendium
The Superintendent's Compendium for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was updated on August 19, 2014. Changes were related to designated wilderness, mushroom collecting, and the use of unmanned aircraft. More »
Night Sky Programs
“Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a perfect place to observe the heavens and contemplate the universe." --Bob Moler, Grand Traverse Astronomical Society
Weekly Evening Program
Saturdays through August 23
Monthly Star Party Events
With the onset of darkness, the night sky becomes visible along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The night sky opens up an experience that goes beyond day-time activities. This summer the Lakeshore is offering a series of monthly astronomy programs beginning in May and lasting through October; join Park Rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for these monthly guided explorations of the night sky.
Events vary each month, and will include stargazing, eclipses, meteor showers, sun-viewing, and storytelling.
May 9 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Platte River Point
June 7 (4:00-6:00 p.m.), Dune Climb parking lot
June 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Dune Climb parking lot
July 26 (4:00-6:00 p.m.), Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Stop #3
July 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Stop #3
August 9 (4:00-6:00 p.m.), Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida
August 9 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida
September 13 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Dune Climb parking lot
October 8 (5:00-8:00 a.m.), Platte River Point
October 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m.), Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Stop #3
October 23 (5:15-6:45 p.m.), Platte River Point
What to Bring
Did You Know?
You can enjoy the warm water of a small inland lake and walk a few steps across the pristine sand dunes to Lake Michigan and experience the refreshing cool waves of the big lake at North Bar Lake in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...