A place in which to play, dream, refresh, create

Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history. Read More

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Basic Information

Sleeping Bear Dunes has a lot to offer, whatever your interests. Explore this page to start planning your visit to the Lakeshore.

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Learn more about campground reservations at the Lakeshore.

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Fees & Passes

Fee and pass information.

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Current Conditions

Up to date current conditions and alerts in the Lakeshore.

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51 is the New 50!

We are still celebrating! Join us as we honor the past, celebrate today, and plan for the future.

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Top Ten Tips for Visiting Sleeping Bear

Coming to the Lakeshore? Use these top ten tips to plan like a park ranger.

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Visit the Lakeshore by car, plane or bus.

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Hike 100 miles of designated trails in the Lakeshore.

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Places To Go

Find out about the different major areas of the Lakeshore and what you can do there.

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Visit the Manitou Islands

Learn how to visit the Manitou Islands.

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Education: A Classroom in the Dunes

Find information and resources to help you plan your field trip and more as you use Sleeping Bear Dunes as your classroom.

Last updated: August 18, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


(231) 326-4700

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