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It was the Boertmans’ first visit to the National Lakeshore. Meghan and her husband Spencer were traveling with their two children, Jacoby and Levi. She told park staff, "At first I thought this was how you greeted everybody, but then I realized it was a much bigger deal." The Boertmans were presented with a plush black bear, an annual park pass, “Beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes" and “Legend of the Sleeping Bear” souvenir books, and a DVD of the official slide show, “Dreams of the Sleeping Bear,” shown regularly at the visitor center. Deputy Superintendent Ulrich said, “The National Lakeshore is proud to recognize Mrs. Boertman as our 50 millionth visitor on the cusp of our 50th anniversary year in 2020. Those numbers are testament to the continuing importance of the National Lakeshore as a wonderful place to visit; not only as a regional destination, but nationally as well.”
National Lakeshore visitation statistics are recorded from road, visitor center, and campground counters on the mainland as well as North and South Manitou Islands. For detailed visitation statistics on all national park sites, the interested public is encouraged to go to https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/.
Last updated: August 20, 2019