Operating Hours & Seasons

 

Seasonal Facilities and Services Status First Day Last Day
 Philip A. Hart Visitor Center Open, 9 am - 4 pm daily Year Round Year Round   
 Glen Haven and Maritime Museums Open, 11 am - 5 pm daily Memorial Day* end of Sept.*
 Glen Haven General Store Open, noon - 5 pm Monday, Thursday, Saturday Memorial Day* end of Sept.*
 Dune Center Open, 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday Memorial Day* end of Sept.*
 Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to Vehicle Traffic  Open See Above Mid-Nov*
 Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to Foot Traffic Closed Mid-Nov* Mid-April*
 Dune Climb Open Year Round Year Round
 South Manitou Island Lighthouse and Visitor Center Closed Memorial Day*   Labor Day*  
 Trails and Trailheads Open Year Round Year Round
*Openings and closings are dependent on staffing, weather, and volunteer availability.




 
 Campground Facilities Status First Day Last Day
 Platte River Campground Office Open  May 1 Nov. 7
 Platte River Campground Sites 101-145, first come, first served Open Oct. 16 April 30
 Platte River Campground Sites 101- 453, reservations required Open  May 1 Oct. 15
 Platte River Campground Group Sites Open May 1 Oct. 15
 White Pine Backcountry Camp - first come, first served Open Year Round Year Round   
 D.H. Day Campground Office Open May 1 Oct. 16
 D.H. Day Campground - spring, first come, first served Open April 27 May 1
 D.H. Day Campground - summer, reservations required Open May 1 Oct. 15
 D.H. Day Campground - fall, first come, first served Open Oct.16 Nov. 28
 D.H. Day Group Sites - summer, reservations required Open May 1 Oct. 15
 D.H. Day Group sites - first come, first served Open Oct. 16 April 30
 North and South Manitou Island Sites, first come, first served Open Memorial Day* Labor Day*

 












 
*Openings and closings are dependent on staffing, weather, and volunteer availability.

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Closures & Seasonal Exceptions

 

Special Programs: A free film, Water, Sand, and Sky explores the stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and captivating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This 71,199-acre national park hugs the northeast shore of Lake Michigan, where miles of sand beach, towering bluffs, lush forests, and clear inland lakes, make up the natural world and provide the setting for a rich human history. Sleeping Bear Dunes is part of the world’s largest freshwater dune ecosystem. The immense sand dunes are the products of vast glaciers that covered the landscape thousands of years ago. Today, the land is cared for by the National Park Service, making it possible for us all to enjoy adventures in this breathtaking, ever-changing environment. Water, Sand, and Sky makes Sleeping Bear Dunes more accessible than ever before with 4K cinematography, 5.1 surround sound, and rarely seen archival imagery. The film brings the sights, sounds, and stories of the park to vivid life, transporting viewers back in time and inspiring a deep appreciation for this extraordinary corner of the earth. Open captions and audio descriptions are available.

Exhibits: Museum exhibits explore the geologic, natural history, and human stories of the park. A large relief map provides general park information.

Facilities: Eastern National Bookstore/sales area. Public restrooms, water fountain, assistive listening devices at the information desk.


 
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    Dune Climb Hours: Open all year, 24 hours a day.

    Location: From Empire, take M-22 north for 2 miles to M-109. then left on M-109 for 4 miles.
    Facilities: Great family fun location to climb the dunes. Public restrooms, water fountain, and vending machine snacks and drinks are available seasonally. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail begins at the north end of the parking lot.

    Dune Center Bookstore
    Hours: Currently closed.
    July 1 to Labor Day, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Open Daily.
    Phone: 231-334-2010
    Location: At the base of the Dune Climb off of M-109.
    Available Facilities: Accessible Eastern National sales area featuring T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, postcards, books, videos, etc. Vending and restrooms located adjacent to building. Contact an Eastern National sales employee.


     
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      Scenic Drive Hours: sunrise to sunset
      Location: From Empire, take M-22 north for 2 miles to M-109, then left on M-109 for 2 miles.
      Facilities: 12 numbered interpretive stops along the 7.4 mile scenic loop road. Spectacular overlooks of Lake Michigan, Glen Lake, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Public restrooms are available at the entrance parking area, Picnic Mountain, Lake Michigan Overlook, and North Bar Overlook. Picnic areas are available at Picnic Mountain and North Bar Overlook.

       
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        General Store Hours: Currently closed.
        Phone: 231-334-3710
        Location: Historic village of Glen Haven, M-209 between the Dune Climb and Glen Arbor.
        Exhibits: Operated by Eastern National, this historic general store appears as it did in the 1920's and offers typical general store merchandise and items related to the history of the Glen Haven area including; kitchenware, foods, toys, maritime items and books. The D. H. Day exhibit in the general store describes the life and business venrures of this northern Michigan pioneer.
        Available Facilities: Public Restrooms are available next to the store. A wireless FM assistive listening device is available. Inquire at the store counter.

         
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          Boat Museum Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
          ocation: At the end of M-209 in the historic village of Glen Haven.
          Exhibits: A collection of historic Great Lakes vessels, including boats, motors, and equipment.

           
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            Blacksmith Shop Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
            Location: In the historic village of Glen Haven off M-109.
            Activities: Fully restored 1920's Blacksmith Shop provides blacksmith demonstrations for all ages. Come and see how bars of iron are heated and transformed into useful items.
            Facilities: Public restrooms are available next to the Glen Haven General Store.

             
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              Maritime Museum Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
              Location: At the end of Sleeping Bear Point, off of M-109/M-209 about 1/4 mile from Glen Haven.
              Exhibits: Exhibits highlight the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Great Lakes shipping history. A room on the second floor is outfitted as a steamer wheelhouse with a panorama of the Manitou Passage shipping channel, and another room shows the surfmen's quarters.
              Available Facilities: A sand-accessible wheelchair is available to access the beach by contacting the staff at the boathouse. Accessible public restrooms are also available.

               
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                Boathouse Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
                Location: At the end of Sleeping Bear Point, off of M-109/M-209 about 1/4 mile from Glen Haven.

                 
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                  Last updated: September 12, 2022

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