Campfires--we love them: sitting around a crackling 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.
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 to help protect our forests.
APPROVED FIREWOOD VENDORS
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
Happy Wood & Starter
Honor Family Market
Honor Trading Post
R & R Contracting
What can you do to help protect the forest of Sleeping Bear Dunes?
If you would like to become an approved firewood vendor for Sleeping Bear Dunes, request to have a firewood vendor application emailed to you.
Last updated: May 11, 2021