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.
North Manitou Island Hunting
Deer Hunting on North Manitou Island
Hunt Statistics from 1986 through 2011 (pdf file, 14 kb)
View a copy of the 2013 North Manitou Island Deer Hunt Application (pdf file, 149 kb).
Each hunter must send in an individual application. A NON-REFUNDABLE $25.00 APPLICATION FEE IS REQUIRED FOR EACH HUNT PERIOD BEFORE A PERMIT WILL BE PROCESSED. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. GROUPS MAY SEND ONE CHECK FOR ALL THE HUNT APPLICATIONS IN THEIR PARTY.
2013 Hunt Dates
October 1 through October 26, 2013
Use of Wheeled Buck Totes
Since dock facilities are very limited on North Manitou Island, access is heavily dependent on weather conditions. It is very important that all equipment be well packed and labeled with the owner's name and address and all firearms must be unloaded and cased. Neither the National Park Service nor the Department of Natural Resources guarantee that transportation to or from the island will coincide with the desired transport time. Weather may prevent the ferry from making a scheduled pick up, so hunters should be prepared to spend additional days on the island until the ferry can run.
National Park Service island facilities and operations will be shut down by Columbus Day or sooner, weather depending. Hunters need to be self-sufficient to survive for a period of time that may be longer than is originally planned.
Food and supplies are not available on the island.
Access by private boats is not recommended due to inadequate safe docking and lack of a protected harbor. Each year some hunters ignore this recommendation and end up being rescued because of damaged watercraft. We strongly recommend that you utilize the Manitou Island Ferry Service or have a friend drop you off. DO NOT BRING YOUR BOAT AND EXPECT A SAFE ANCHORAGE OR DOCK FACILITY!
If you have any other questions regarding the hunt, please call Park Headquarters at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
The Great Lakes were the highway of the past. It was the main way that cargo and passengers moved through this area until roads were established. A variety of boats used on the Great Lakes are on display at the Cannery in Glen Haven within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...