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 Shalda Cabin
The Shalda cabin is located at the intersection on M-22 about 7.7 miles past the intersection with M-109 in Glen Arbor. Just before you get to CR-669, you will see Shalda cabin on your right standing alone in a field.
Kerry Kelly 2007
This cabin is believed to have been built in the mid-1850s by Bohemian immigrants who settled in the North Unity and Shalda Corners area. North Unity was located near where Shalda Creek empties into LakeMichigan a couple of miles west of the GoodHarbor dock (located at the end of County Road 651). Several families moved here from Chicago in 1855, and because there was no time for each family to stake their homestead claim before winter set in, they built a barracks 150 feet by 20 feet with rooms partitioned off for each family.
Kerry Kelly 2004
The village thrived during the next few years as more people arrived. It had a schoolhouse, sawmill, and store. In 1859, it was awarded a post office, and John Shalda built a gristmill on the Lake Michigan outlet of the creek that bears his name. In 1871 (the same year as the Chicago Fire) the village was destroyed by fire, so the villagers moved inland to Shalda Corners (M-22 & CR 669).
Kerry Kelly 2005
Did You Know?
There are over 100 miles of hiking trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Many of these trails can also be used for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. More...