• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Leaving the Sand Dunes

Cottonwood Trees

Cottonwood Trees at the edge of the dune area

Kerry Kelly 2006

You are about to leave the dunes and enter the neighboring beech-maple forest. The dunes cover just a small area because they depend on strong winds off Lake Michigan to exist. The active dune zone extends for only about a mile from the lake. Further inland, the wind loses its energy and can no longer build dunes.

 

Did You Know?

US Life-Saving Service

During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...