Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in Sleeping Bear national Lakeshore.

If needed, read a definition of service animal. For information on animals that do not qualify as service animals, please see our information on pets in the park.

Anywhere that you wish to go in Sleeping Bear Dunes, your service animal may go, too. There are some unique aspects of visiting our wilderness areas to keep in mind, however.

Potable water is available at the Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center, Platte River Campground and D.H. Day Campground, and the Aloha deck. While there are innumerable natural water sources (ponds, creeks, rivers, etc) throughout the park, be aware that water-born diseases like giardia could be present.

Park trails are generally surfaced with compacted gravel or a mix of native soils and rocks - more detailed descriptions can be found on our mobility and physical accessibility page.

Every rest area and visitor center throughout the park has trash cans for disposing of animal waste; however, there are no plastic bags provided, so please remember to bring your own.

Service animals must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length at all times.

Last updated: February 25, 2021

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