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.
Things To Know Before You Come
Expect delays on M-22 at the Platte River Bridge, which is being replaced, starting on Monday, March 3 and continuing through September. Traffic will be limited to a single lane controlled by a traffic light. Work is not scheduled on the weekends, however, only a single lane of traffic will be available. Please plan accordingly and exercise safe driving practices appropriate for a construction zone.
We appreciate your patience and look forward to the project's completion. When finished, it will enhance the natural and recreational quality of the Platte River and establish an even deeper appreciation of this very special free-flowing river listed on the Nationwide Rivers Inventory.
Fee-Free Days and Weekends
America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better this year with fee-free days at more than 100 national parks, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends in 2014:
Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
We are glad you are coming to Sleeping Bear Dunes! Search this section of the web site to find information about local lodging and where to eat while in the area.
If you are bringing a pet, you will want to check our pets page so you and your pet can have an enjoyable trip. There are some areas that have restrictions and it is helpful to know about them before you come.
Many areas in the park provide accessibility for those with disabilities, so check it out here and incorporate these areas into your trip plan.
Did You Know?
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