• 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 »

Covered Bridge

The covered bridge was one of the picturesque details that Pierce Stocking included in the Scenic Drive. Covered bridges, usually associated with New England and Pennsylvania, were developed to protect wooden bridges from rain and snow, which can cause rotting of the timbers. It was cheaper to repair the roof than to build a new bridge.

The sides of the original bridge were largely consumed by porcupines, which seem to relish man-made structures more than the native wood of the forest. The present bridge has a higher roof to provide a 13 foot, 6 inch vehicle clearance. This pull-off is intended to let you linger a moment to view the bridge or photograph it.

 
Covered Bridge on Pierce Stocking Drive
Covered Bridge on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Kerry Kelly 2006
 

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...