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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2022 STEM and Snowshoe Programs

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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Current Conditions

Up to date current conditions and alerts in the Lakeshore.

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Directions

Visit the Lakeshore by car, plane or bus.

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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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Places To Go

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

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Camping

Learn more about campground reservations at the Lakeshore.

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Fees & Passes

Fee and pass information.

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Hiking

Hike 100 miles of designated trails in the Lakeshore.

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Distance Learning Programs

Sign up for a Virtual Distance Learning Program.

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Visit the Manitou Islands

Learn how to visit the Manitou Islands.

Last updated: November 16, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

9922 Front Street
Empire , MI 49630

Phone:

231 326-4700

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