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Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that Veterans Day Weekend, November 11 through 13, 2011, will be celebrated as a fee-free weekend for all park visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Many of the popular attractions at the National Lakeshore remain open during this time of year, including the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire (open 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily); the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily through Sunday, November 13); the Dune Climb; and a hundred miles of hiking trails. The Glen Haven Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Cannery Boat Museum and the Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum are closed for the season and will re-open in May 2012. Come and enjoy your park during the Veterans Day Weekend or any day! Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is open year-round. The Philip A. Hart Visitor Center is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.
The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture began this annual fee waiver five years ago on Veterans Day. The fee waiver applies to entrance and/or standard amenity fees at public recreation lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service across the country. The fee waiver does not apply to camping fees at the National Lakeshore.
For more information, please call the National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134 or visit their website at www.nps.gov/slbe. Also, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sbdnl.