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.
Other Farms and Cabins
As you explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you will find many farmsteads of historical and cultural significance. Take a look at the Map of Cultural Resources in the Park. Port Oneida is the largest area devoted to historical farms, but there are other interesting farms and cabins as well. This section will give you background on some of them, which you can integrate into your imagination as you think about what it would have been like to live and farm here.
Most visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes drive right past these buildings without giving them a thought, but now that you know about them, you may be more inclined to take a moment to stop and explore the farmsteads and think about the people who built the buildings and lived here. Feel free to get out of your car at any of the stops described here and walk around the farm or cabin and imagine what it would have been like to live here in 1900 when the site was in operation. Most of the buildings are near state or county roads, so very little hiking will be required to get to most of the farms and cabins. The exception is the Treat Farm, which requires a ½ mile hike to the farm, but it is definitely worth the effort!
There are two clusters of farms and cabins described here. One cluster is in the northern region of the Lakeshore and the other is in the southern region. See the Map of Cultural Resources.
Did You Know?
The D. H. Day General Store in Glen Haven has been restored and is open to the public. Come and see some of the products that were sold in the early 1900's. While you are there, you can browse the bookstore. More...