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.

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Be prepared. Plan like a Park Ranger. Do you know what you need to hike in the dunes? Are you aware of rip currents in Lake Michigan?

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Snowshoe Field-Trips 3rd-12th grades

Don snowshoes and explore the winter ecology and snow science of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore OR complete a design challenge.

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Pets in the park

Tips for a pet-friendly visit.

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Fees & Passes

Fee and pass information.

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Plan Your Camping Trip to the Park

Everything you need to know to plan your camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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Current Conditions

Please recreate responsibly so you can protect yourself, us, and our resources. 

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Check out the interactive park map and find trail maps.

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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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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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Find your way to the Lakeshore by car, plane, or bus.

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Hike 100 miles of designated trails in the Lakeshore.

Last updated: September 29, 2022

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9922 Front Street
Empire , MI 49630


231 326-4700

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