• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.

    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 »

Powerless Flight

Launching and landing of powerless sailplanes, balloons, hang gliders, paragliders, radio controlled motor-less model aircraft, and other such powerless flight devices is permitted at the following areas:

  • Empire Bluff
  • Pyramid Point
  • Dune Climb (restricted to November 1 to March 31)
  • Lake Michigan Overlook on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

A free powerless flight permit must be obtained at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center Information Desk. The operator must be in possession of the powerless flight permit and a valid Lakeshore Pass when launching or landing on the Lakeshore lands. Powerless flight permits are valid for the calendar year.

Hang Gliding

Powerless flight

Terry Phipps 2005

Hang Gliding/Paragliding
Pilots must have a current U.S. Hang Gliding Association proficiency rating of H-2 to P-2 or greater. Some designated launch sites require higher ratings than others. Identification is required to obtain a permit. Each permitee must sign an affidavit acknowledging that such flights may present a serious hazard to his/her personal safety, that his/her equipment is in safe operating condition and that he/she is in good physical condition.

Transporting equipment to launch sites will be done by hand carry on established trails.

Standards established by the U.S. Hang Gliding Association apply, as well as all applicable laws and regulations imposed by Federal and other governmental agencies. These include:

  1. Wear a safety helmet.
  2. Have launch assistance.
  3. Consider the Safety of everyone in the area.
  4. Do not fly if five gliders are already in the air.
  5. Report all accidents resulting in injury and/or damage to property to the National Park Service.
  6. Land only in designated landing zones.

Did You Know?

Pitcher's Thistle

The Pitcher's thistle is an endangered plant species that is native to the dunes around the Great Lakes. You will find many of them as you hike through the dunes or along the Lake Michigan shores at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...