• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.

    The well at the Weather Station Campground is down for repair. Water is not available at the campground at this time.

  • Changes in compendium

    The Superintendent's Compendium for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was updated on August 19, 2014. Changes were related to designated wilderness, mushroom collecting, and the use of unmanned aircraft. More »


Volunteer Patch

Please consider volunteering your time and talent at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You will enjoy putting your skills to work in this beautiful setting, and you will meet many other fine people who have similar interests.

Contact our volunteer coordinator, Matt Mohrman at 231-326-4729. He will match your interests, skills, and time availability with the wide variety of volunteer projects available.

We are grateful for the generosity and dedication of so many volunteers who contribute their time and skills to making Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the beautiful, educational destination that it is today. In 2011, 1,300 volunteers and groups donated almost 35,000 hours to park operations and programs. That work is valued at over $750,000 and is the equivalent of more than 16 full-time employees.

We also have an Artist-in-Residence Program. Check it out!


The following list provides a few examples of volunteer activities at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and demonstrates the breadth of volunteer opportunities that our Volunteers In Park (VIP) are involved in:

  • Port Oneida Fair
  • Tours and visitor services at the visitor centers and museums
  • Campground Hosts at DH Day and Platte River campgrounds
  • Major clean-up efforts to collect trash
  • Elimination of exotic weeds
  • Planting native plants
  • Monitoring endangered species (e.g. Piping Plover)
  • All park trails were adopted by VIPs who maintained the trails
  • Building and maintaining databases and this web site
  • Maintaining architectural drawings and library materials
  • Over 10,000 photographic slides were digitized
  • Manual labor to stabilize and rehabilitate historic structures and landscapes.

As our world becomes busier and more populated, we are grateful to people who are willing to share their time and talents in work that helps ensure that these public areas entrusted to our care and held in public trust are available for all to experience and enjoy.

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...