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.
Weather Station Campground
The Weather Station campground overlooks Lake Michigan on the island's south side about a mile beyond the lighthouse. The campsites are located within a forested area and are fairly well secluded from each other. This location affords inspiring views of the Manitou Passage and Sleeping Bear Dunes on the mainland. The lighthouse, Lake Florence, the Morazan and Giant Cedars are all within easy walking distance. Follow the signs to take a pleasant walk along a woodland path, past the lighthouse to this campsite or follow Burdick Road, turning left at Ohio Road for a less scenic, but easier walk.
There are 20 Individual Sites (maximum of 4 people or 2 tents per site) and 3 Group Sites (maximum of 20 people or 10 tents per site). There are several fire rings in the campground that can be shared by campers. Drinking water is available at the campground.
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Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...