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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Current Conditions

What parts of the Lakeshore are open during the winter?

Saturday Snowshoe Hikes
Calendar of Events

Park rangers say “Bring on the snow!” so visitors can begin to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter!

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Work with us!

Find out about jobs at Sleeping Bear Dunes!

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Learn more about how to plan a ranger-led field trip, teacher-led field trips, distance learning programs, and 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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Hiking Trails

Hike 100 miles of designated trails in the Lakeshore.

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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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Snow Report

What are the cross-country ski conditions? Is there enough snow to sled on the dune climb?

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Fees & Passes

Fee and pass information.

Last updated: December 18, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


231 326-4700

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