Firewood in the Lakeshore

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Roasting the perfect marshmallow.

Campfires--we love them: sitting around a crackline fire, roasting a marshmallow to perfection, dodging smoke in your eyes, watching mesmerized as the flames dance. Unfortunately, bringing firewood into the park – and all the insects and diseases that may be hiding on it – puts our forests at risk. Bringing firewood into the park from anywhere else can rapidly spread destructive pests and diseases, as it did the emerald ash borer..

The Lakeshore has a firewood policy that will allows campers the warmth of their fires and helps prevent and slow the spread of forest pests and diseases, such as hemlock woolly adelgid, beech bark disease, Asian longhorn beetle, and oak wilt.

The firewood policy states that campers may only use firewood acquired from vendors approved by the Lakeshore (see below) and may not bring firewood from home or anywhere else. The Lakeshore requests everyone’s help in protecting our forests.

Emerald Ash Borer Tunnels
Tunnels created by the emerald ash borer.

If you brought firewood into the Lakeshore

If you brought firewood into the park, let a park ranger know. The ranger will tell you about voluntary actions you can take during our transition period to help protect our forests.

  • Do NOT unload firewood.
  • DO place firewood directly from your vehicle into a fire (this prevents the spread of insects along the ground).
  • DO burn all of your wood completely.
  • DO ask a park ranger about providing special bags to contain your wood for your return home.


The following local firewood vendors, including the one in the park's campgrounds, are selling firewood that has either been treated for pests and disease or is a type of tree that does not pose a risk. This firewood will be marked as approved.

Vending machines at Platte River Campground between loop 2 and 3 and at D. H. Day Campground near site 81

Anderson's IGA Market
6545 Western Ave. N. Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Deering's Market
10233 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630

Eagle Country Builders
11499 Fowler Rd. Honor, MI 49640I

Empire EZ Mart/ BP Gas Station
9968 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630

Honor Family Market
10625 Main St, Honor, MI 49640

Honor Trading Post
8294 Deadstream Rd, Honor, MI 49640

Lake Ann Hardwood
17437 Almira Rd., Lake Ann, MI 49650

Merrill's Water-powered Sawmill
5975 Grace Rd., Benzonia, MI 49616

Northwoods Hardware
6053 S. Glen Lake Road (M-22), Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Phil Gunther
14629 Cinder Rd, Beulah, Mi 49617

R & R Contracting
12777 Benzonia Trail, Empire, MI 19630

Riverside Canoes
5042 N. Scenic Hwy, Honor, MI 49640

Tag Limit Outdoors Inc.
9899 Honor Hwy (M-31), Honor, MI 49640


What can you do to help protect the forest of Sleeping Bear Dunes?

  • Purchase firewood from approved vendors when burning firewood in the Lakeshore.
  • Don't move firewood. As tempting as it is to bring firewood with you, it can be infested with an insect or disease that may not be visible to the naked eye. More information is available at
  • Be aware of Federal, State and Local regulations such as quarantines.
  • Don't take firewood home with you. Burn it all or give it to other campers to burn on site.

If you would like to become an approved firewood vendor for Sleeping Bear Dunes, please fill out a firewood vendor application

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


(231) 326-4700

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