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.
Platte Plains Area Lakes
Terry Phipps 2005
Joy A. Blair 2006
Deer Lake is a small lake connected to Bass Lake by a shallow channel. You used to be able to paddle to Deer Lake from Bass Lake, but beaver have built a lodge between the two lakes and you now have to portage around it. The beaver activity seems to have raised the water level of Deer Lake as well, killing many of the shoreline trees. Deer Lake is a nature lake with a wild feeling to it. You can sometimes see otter playing in the lake or around the edges.
It is possible to hike in to Deer Lake by taking a two-track from Trails End shortly before you get to Bass Lake. You will see the result of extensive beaver activity as you get close to the lake.
The content of this page is based on an article by Jane Greiner published in the Glen Arbor Sun on June 29, 2006.
Did You Know?
The Piping Plover is an endangered species that makes its home on the wide open beaches of Lakes Michigan and Superior. Several nesting pairs have made the shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore their home. Their nesting areas have been marked so they will not be disturbed.