Current Conditions


Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Opening 2023

The spring opening of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to vehicle traffic is weather dependent. The drive typically opens in May but many variables could delay the date, such as repairs from winter storm damage or a late-season snowfall.

Those planning a visit to the Lakeshore in April or May:
We suggest pre-planning alternate activities as it is likely the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not yet be open. The opening of the drive will be announced on social media pages and the website.

Please note that the drive remains open in the winter and spring to foot and ski travel and can be accessed via the Shauger Hill Trailhead.


What's open?

  • Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, daily 9 am-4 pm
  • All pit toilets
  • All trails
  • Dune Climb
  • Entrances

What's closed?

  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to vehicle traffic - Nov. 1 - mid. May
  • South Manitou Island Visitor Center and Lighthouse Tours
  • Glen Haven Cannery, Blacksmith Shop, General Store
  • Maritime Museum Keeper's Quarters and Boathouse
  • Dune Center


  • Boating, fishing, & hunting - follow Michigan State Regulations
  • For National Park Service specific regulations, please visit the Superintendent's Compendium

Please recreate responsibly so you can protect yourself, us, and our resources.

Current Covid-19 Guidelines

As of January 1, 2023, the counties that include Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are low for community level spread. In areas CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

How can I learn about the Lakeshore?

  • Attend a ranger program. Check out the calendar of events.
  • For National Lakeshore information, find Sleeping Bear Dunes in the free NPS app: search "National Park Service" at Apple iTunes and Google Play.
  • E-mail us and park rangers will answer any questions about the National Lakeshore.
  • Call 231-326-4700 ext. 5010 to get your questions answered.

How can I stay connected to the Lakeshore?

Stay up to date by visiting our Social Media webpages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


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9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


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