• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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    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 »

For Kids


Climbing the dunes

Terry Phipps 2005

Let’s climb the Dunes! Race you to the top! How fast can you run down? Do you think I could roll all the way down? No doubt one of the biggest attractions for the young people is to head to the Dune Climb.

After you get sand in your hair and clothes, it’s time to head for the lake and let the cool clean water of Lake Michigan wash over you. Build sand castles on the beach or body surf on the Lake Michigan waves.


Kids help the ranger save the survivors of a shipwreck at the Maritime Museum

Kerry Kelly 2005

Ranger-led Programs
Heroes of the Storm is a re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue. This program is designed especially for children and requires some audience participation. This is held at the Maritime Museum. Once a week, we fire the Lyle Gun which was used as part of the rescue process for more than 75 years.

Each evening, there is a free Ranger Program at various places in the park. These are fun for young and old alike. Check the Schedule of Events to learn about the different topics and when and where they will be presented.

Did You Know?

Ferry to Islands

Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...