• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • 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 »

Plan Your Visit

Road Construction

Expect delays on M-22 at the Platte River Bridge, which is being replaced, starting on Monday, March 10 and continuing through September. Traffic will be limited to a single lane controlled by a traffic light. Work is not scheduled on the weekends, however, only a single lane of traffic will be available. Please plan accordingly and exercise safe driving practices appropriate for a construction zone.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to the project's completion. When finished, it will enhance the natural and recreational quality of the Platte River and establish an even deeper appreciation of this very special free-flowing river listed on the Nationwide Rivers Inventory.


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in Northwestern Lower Michigan along the shores of Lake Michigan. The visitor center is in Empire, MI about 25 miles from Traverse City. Most people visit the park via car, but you can fly to Traverse City and rent a car to drive to the park. Take a look at our directions page for driving or flying information to the Park.

 
Esch Road Beach and Bluffs

Beach at Esch Road

Kerry Kelly 2005

You will find a wide variety of activities for every age available to you at the Lakeshore. Climb the Dunes, swim at one of the many beaches, or take a hike through the Maple/Beech forest to some beautiful overlooks. Maybe you will want to spend some time in the museums or tour Port Oneida to learn about the rich history and culture of the area.

Whatever you plan to do while you are here, you will want to plan enough time and to bring appropriate clothing and equipment. Browse the things to do pages to get more details.

 
Platte River Campground with Camper

Platte River Campground

Kerry Kelly 2005

If you are planning to stay for a few days, you can look for accomodations or places to eat in the area by looking in the things to know before you come pages. If you are bringing a pet, you'll want to review the pets page. Download a park map or brochures to prepare for your visit.

Did You Know?

US Life-Saving Service

During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...