Trail Regulations and Safety Information
Please stay on designated trails. This will help prevent erosion and damage to vegetation. Off-trail hikers can quickly produce paths that take years to revegetate. Avoid disturbing plants and animals: threatened and endangered species occurr in the park.
Regulations for Mainland Trails
- A Park Pass is required for all trail use within the national lakeshore.
- Vehicles, including bicycles, are permitted only on roads.
- Snowmobiling is prohibited except on rights-of-way along state and county roads.
- Collecting plants and other natural, historical, and archeological items is not permitted. Exception: Certain edible fruits and mushrooms may be collected in limited quantities for personal use.
- Pets on trails must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Pets are prohibited on ski trails December 1 - March 31 and at the Dune Climb throughout the year. Click for more details on Pet Rules.
- Glass is banned on all park beaches.
- Fires are permitted only in campground and picnic area fireplaces and fire rings and on areas of bare beach sand between the water and the first dune.
Trail Safety Information
- Choose a trail appropriate to your ability.
- Travel with a companion and notify someone of your route and expected return time.
- Deer rifle season is November 15-30. Other hunting seasons occur throughout the year. Bright-colored clothing is recommended during these times.
- Stay off steep bluffs to avoid falls and dislodging rocks that can injure people below.
- Snow avalanche or sand slide danger is present year-round on steep dunes and bluffs.
- Be careful of your footing. Trails include uneven ground, exposed roots, etc. Wear sturdy hiking shoes.
- Carry drinking water.
- Stay on marked trails.
- Poison ivy is common. Learn to recognize it. Remember: Leaflets three, let it be.
- Be prepared for mosquitoes.
- Skiers: be aware of changing snow conditions. Alternate freeze/thaw can turn gentle slopes into icy, advanced hills.
- Darkness comes early in winter. Allow plenty of time to return to your vehicle before dark.
- Dress for the weather. In winter carry extra clothing and emergency supplies.
In case of emergency, seek help at the nearest ranger station, campground office, visitor center, or call 911.