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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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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Pets in the park

Find out where in the Lakeshore pets are welcome.

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Things to know

Be sure to check out any park alerts or facility updates before your trip.

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Lake Michigan Overlook

Are you looking for this iconic overlook?

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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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Check out the interactive park map and find trail maps.

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

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Volunteer with us!

Want to volunteer? There is something for everyone!

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#MyParkStory at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Uncover those whose lives are part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes story.

Last updated: July 11, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


231 326-4700

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