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.
The Eckhert Farm is located at the corner of Kelderhouse Road and Basch Road.
Henry and Catherine Eckhert immigrated from Bohemia to the U.S. between 1850 and 1855, arriving in Michigan in 1857. In 1862, the Eckherts purchased and settled on their farm in Port Oneida. Their original log cabin is now owned by the A.I.R. Foundation and has been moved from its original location near the farm. Mr. Eckhert was listed as a farmer as early as 1860 on the manuscript schedules for the federal population census. Henry's brother, George was married to Catherine's sister Mary, and they farmed on Baker Road just northwest of this farm. There are no buildings remaining at George's farm. Catherine served Port Oneida and the surrounding area as a midwife.
Their farm has been described as an "excellent example of an historical farm" and was the site of many dances enjoyed by community residents. The Baurs bought the farm around 1940 - 1950.
Kerry Kelly 2005
According to Elsa Eckhert Barriner, her father, Henry Eckhert Jr., grew corn, potatoes, and a variety of grains. The family also raised cows, pigs, chickens, and ducks.
Did You Know?
There are 21 inland lakes within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore one of these small lakes for a close-up view of some of the birds, mammals, and wildflowers protected there. By the way, the fishing is usually great! More...