Firewood in the Lakeshore

roasting marshmallows

Preparing the marshmallow.

Campfires--we love them: sitting around a crackline fire, roasting a marshmallow to perfection, dodging smoke in your eyes, watching mesmerized as the flames dance. The Lakeshore has a new firewood policy that will allow campers the warmth of their fires and help prevent and slow the spread of forest pests and diseases.

According to the firewood policy, campers may use only firewood acquired from vendors approved by the National Lakeshore and not bring firewood from home.

Bringing firewood into the park from anywhere else can rapidly spread destructive pests such as hemlock woolly adelgid, beech bark disease, Asian longhorn beetle, and oak wilt; as it did the emerald ash borer.

The following local firewood vendors, including the vendor selling firewood in the park's campgrounds, are selling firewood that has either been treated for pests and disease or is a type of tree that does not pose a risk. This firewood will be marked as approved.


Vending machines at Platte River Campground between loop 2 and 3 and at D. H. Day Campground near site 81

Anderson's IGA
6545 Western Ave. N. Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Deering's Market
51175 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630

Eagle Country Builders
11499 Fowler Rd. Honor, MI 49640I

Empire EZ Mart/ BP Gas Station
9968 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630

Honor Family Market
10625 Main St, Honor, MI 49640

Honor Trading Post
>8294 Deadstream Rd, Honor, MI 49640

Lake Ann Hardwood
17437 Almira Rd., Lake Ann, MI 49650

Merrill's Water-powered Sawmill
5975 Grace Rd., Benzonia, MI 49616

Northwoods Hardware
6053 S. Glen Lake Road (M-22), Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Phil Gunther
14629 Cinder Rd, Beulah, Mi 49617

Riverside Canoes
5042 N. Scenic Hwy, Honor, MI 49640

R&R Contracting
12777 Benzonia Trail, Empire, MI 19630

Tag Limit Outdoors Inc.
9899 Honor Hwy, Honor, MI 49640


What can you do to help protect the forest of Sleeping Bear Dunes?

  • Purchase firewood from approved vendors when burning firewood in the Lakeshore.
  • Don't move firewood. As tempting as it is to bring firewood with you it can be infested with an insect or disease that may not be visible to the naked eye.
  • Be aware of Federal, State and Local regulations such as quarantines.
  • Don't take firewood home with you. Burn it all or give it to other campers to burn on site.

If you would like to become an approved firewood vendor for Sleeping Bear Dunes, please fill out a firewood vendor application

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