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.
Educational Fee Waiver
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is an outstanding natural classroom that provides educational opportunities to many schools and institutions each year. In keeping with this commitment of encouraging educational use of the park, entrance fees are waived for educational groups that fall within the criteria listed below.
Criteria for Academic Fee Waivers:
National or international applicants must prove they are a school or bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation:
2) Educational Purpose of the Visit:
Applicants must provide a written statement (documentation) verifying that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered.
3) Relevance of Park Resources or Facilities:
Relevance to park resources must be described. Applicants must provide a written statement identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of the visit, and how they are relevant to that purpose.
How to Apply:
Mail or fax your documentation to the following address prior to the visit. Be sure to include the planned date of your visit, contact information, and return fax number:
Once the park receives and approves a request for an Academic Fee Waiver, a completed waiver form listing the name of the school and date of the visit will be faxed back to the school.
Please display your Academic Fee Waiver on the dashboard of EACH vehicle while you are in the park.
If you have questions, please call the Fee Manager at 231-326-4730.
Did You Know?
Each year Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Park Partners sponsor the Port Oneida Fair the first weekend of August to celebrate the history and culture of rural America. Come and see what farm life was like around 1900 and learn about the arts and crafts of the time. More...