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.
Plan Your Visit
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.
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.
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?
The Port Oneida Rural Historical District is a 3000 acre farming area preserved as it was in the early 1900's. This area was farmed for over 100 years and is now part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore More...