Fees & Passes

Entrance Fees

Park Entrance Pass - $25.00

Per private vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase)

Park Entrance Pass - Motorcycle - $20.00

Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase)

Per Person Entrance Pass - $15.00

Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.


Entrance Passes

Annual Park Entrance Pass - $45.00
Valid for 12 months from month of issue.
When purchased at an Automated Pay Station, please exchange the receipt for the Annual Park Pass card at any staffed fee collection station.

  • You can now purchase a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Annual Pass on-line via Pay.gov. Click on the following link to access the secure form: Buy Your Annual Pass On-Line Through Pay.gov The pass will be mailed to you. For questions, please call the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center at 231-326-4700, ext. 5010.

Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Annual Pass. Have a 4th-grader in the family? Check out this pass.

Passes are good for entry into all areas of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Passes are non-transferable and generally non-refundable. Show the pass to rangers at entrance stations at the Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive or place your pass on your vehicle dashboard if you park within the Lakeshore. If you park outside the Lakeshore boundary (see park map) and enter the Lakeshore on foot or riding a bicycle, carry your pass with you.

School Groups
An Academic Fee Waiver is available for educational groups that apply prior to their visit to the park.



Interagency Passes

America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass
The $80 Interagency Annual Pass provides entrance or access to the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private non-commercial vehicle at most federal recreation sites across the country. The pass is valid for one year through the MONTH of purchase. The pass is not valid for Expanded Amenity fees such as camping or parking at Mt Rushmore. You may purchase your pass at one of Sleeping Bear Dune's staffed fee collection stations.

Interagency Senior Pass
The $80 Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass and $20 Interagency Senior Annual Pass are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 or older. Passes are available only in person at entrances or visitor centers. Learn more about the Senior Pass.

Interagency Access Pass
Free lifetime pass available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have been determined to be blind or permanently disabled. Pass is available only in-person at entrances or visitor centers. Learn more about the Access Pass.

The above passes replace the Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access Passports as well as the National Parks Pass. These passes will remain valid until they expire or are lost or stolen.

Military Annual Pass
A free annual pass for active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). Pass must be issued in person. Learn more about the Military Pass.

Commercial Visitors

Commercial bus tours are subject to a separate fee schedule based upon the seating capacity of the bus.

1-6 Person Capacity
$25.00 + $10.00 Per Person 16 years or older (up to a maximum of $40.00)

7-15 Person Capacity

Mini Bus
16-25 Person Capacity

26+ Person Capacity

Last updated: January 18, 2022

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9922 Front Street
Empire , MI 49630


231 326-4700

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