• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Fees & Reservations

2014 Fee Free Days

  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 15-17 - President's Day Weekend
  • April 19-27 - National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day

More information is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.

Other fees such as reservation, camping, tour, concession, and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.



Entrance Fees

Park Entrance Pass - $10.00 per private vehicle
Valid for 7 days from date of issue.
For entry into all areas of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Annual Park Entrance Pass - $20.00
Valid for 12 months from month of issue.
For entry into all areas of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
When purchased at an Automated Pay Station, please exchange the receipt for the Annual Park Pass card at any staffed fee collection station.

NOTE - You can now purchase a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Annual Pass on-line via Pay.gov. Click on the following link to access the secure form: Buy Your Annual Pass On-Line Through Pay.gov The pass will be mailed to you. For questions, please call the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center at 231-326-4700, ext. 5010.

Per Person Fee - $5.00 per person
Valid for 7 days from date of issue.
For individuals 16 years of age or older who enter the park by foot, bicycle, motorcycle (per rider), or as part of an organized group (each member) not involved in a commercial tour.
For entry into all areas of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Download a copy of the 2014 Fee Schedule (pdf file, 30 kb)

Passes are good for entry into all areas of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Passes are non-transferable and generally non-refundable. Show the pass to rangers at entrance stations at the Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive or place your pass on your vehicle dashboard if you park within the Lakeshore. If you park outside the Lakeshore boundary (see park map) and enter the Lakeshore on foot or riding a bicycle, carry your pass with you.

PLEASE NOTE - FAILURE TO OBTAIN A PARK PASS MAY RESULT IN A FINE.



Where Can I Purchase a Pass?

You can purchase your park pass at any of the following fee collection locations:

  • Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, Empire, MI - Year-round
  • Platte River Picnic Area Fish Cleaning Station - March to November
  • Platte River Campground Office - March to November
  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Entrance Station - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Dune Climb Entrance Station - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • D. H. Day Campground Office - May to October
  • Leland Boat Dock - May to September
  • North Bar Lake Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Esch Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Peterson Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • 669 Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • 651 Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Maritime Museum Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day

Automated Pay Stations are available to purchase Lakeshore Passes after hours in the following places:

  • Platte River Point - Year-round


America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Starting January 1, 2007 the Golden Age, Golden Eagle, and Golden Access Passes were replaced with a new series of interagency passes called the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

All Golden Age and Golden Access Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Golden Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for the new plastic passes.

View a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new Interagency Pass Program (link to USGS webpage).

View a list of locations by state where you can obtain Interagency Passes (pdf file, 134 kb).

America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

Annual Pass - Cost $80
This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from month of purchase. The Annual Pass admits the pass holder(s) and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. The pass is non-transferable and does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires. The Annual Pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via the Internet.


America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Senior Pass - Cost $10

This is a lifetime pass for U.S.citizens and permanent residents age 62 and over. The pass provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. The Senior Pass provides a 50 % discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some areas where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 % price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires. You can get your Senior Pass at the park or through the mail for a $10 processing fee. Learn more about the Senior Pass.

America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Access Pass - Free
This is a lifetime pass for U.S.citizens and permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income, or Supplemental Security Income; or a document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. The Access Pass provides a 50 % discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some areas where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 % price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires. You may obtain an Access Pass at the park or through the mail for a $10 processing fee. Learn more about the Access Pass.

America the Beautiful
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Volunteer Pass - Free
Volunteers who acquire 500 service hours on a cumulative basis are eligible for this pass. It provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from month of award. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. Contact Matt Mohrman at 231-326-4729 to learn about volunteer opportunities in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.



Commercial Tour Vehicles

Sedan
1-6 Person Capacity
$25.00 + $5.00 Per Person (up to a maximum of $40.00)

Van
7-15 Person Capacity
$40.00

Mini Bus
16-25 Person Capacity
$40.00

Motorcoach
26+ Person Capacity
$100.00



School Groups

An Academic Fee Waiver is available for educational groups that apply prior to their visit to the park.

Did You Know?

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