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.
Glen Arbor and Empire Area Lakes
Tucker Lake is a very small lake very close to Glen Arbor. Look for the boat ramp sign near the corner of County Road 675 and Westman Road. About a third of the lake is weed-choked, but there area several fishing spots in the open areas. It is surrounded by swamp and woods. Perhaps because it feels so isolated, it's a fun place to fish. The ramp is pretty good for such a small lake, but mosquitoes can be nasty. No motorized boats are allowed.
Kerry Kelly 2005
Terry Phipps 2005
Taylor Lake is a small nature lake about a mile south of Empire on M-22. It is surrounded by marsh and woods and separated from the road by about half a mile. There are no paths or trails to it, though you can walk there using a compass and a map. It takes some effort because, although part of the way is fairly open field, the remainder is through tangled woods. When you get there you will find that the lake is pretty, but nearly inaccessible due to the soft shoreline.
The content of this page is based on an article by Jane Greiner published in the Glen Arbor Sun on June 29, 2006.
Did You Know?
There are 21 inland lakes within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore one of these small lakes for a close-up view of some of the birds, mammals, and wildflowers protected there. By the way, the fishing is usually great! More...