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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Expansion

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) is a hard-surface multi-use trail that passes through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore from Empire through Glen Arbor to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

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Explore Shipwrecks

Walking the Lake Michigan Beach can become a history lesson. Shipwrecks appear and get buried by the dynamic nature of the Lake Michigan shoreline due to winds, waves, and currents. Learn more about the history of the area.

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Making the Park Accessible to More People

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a beautiful place, and one of our goals is to make it more accessible to people of all levels of ability.. Our efforts are focused on awareness, training, and projects to improve access to trails and beaches.

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is open from Empire (Voice Road) to Glen Arbor (Forest Haven Road). The trail is 10 miles long and the section from Empire to the Dune Climb provides some challenging hills, while the section from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor offers an easier ride.

The next section from Glen Arbor (Crystal River Input) to Port Oneida Road is open!

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Bay to Bay Trail Planning

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is studying the possibility of a new water trail and backpacking trail that would run the length of the National Lakeshore from Platte Bay to Good Harbor Bay. This proposed Bay to Bay Trail would offer backcountry camping for multi-day wilderness experiences.

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With over 100 miles of designated trails on the mainland, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers a wide variety of hiking experiences and activity levels. Our Trail Patrollers walk their favorite trail at least once a month picking up trash and removing obstacles like down branches from the trail. They report large problems to the Park Roads and Trails group. Pick your favorite trail and join us.

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2015 Accomplishments

Each year presents its own challenges, but the storm on August 2, 2015 threw an already busy year into turmoil. Thousands of trees were blown down in the Park and surrounding community, and the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail was especially hard hit. The outpouring of community support was amazing.

Even with the added work that the storm created, we had to redirect our priorities, but we made a significant positive impact on Park operations. The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes made direct grants to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore (the Lakeshore) of $11,682.50 and in-kind grants valued at $55,764.65 through a long list of projects this year. Unfortunately because of the storm, we were not able to make much progress on new trails (Kettles, Bay to Bay, and Echo Valley), but we expect some of these projects to resume in 2016.

CLICK HERE for a detailed description of our 2015 projects.

The Friends is an all-volunteer organization, and we work hard to keep our overhead low. Donations designated for a specific project goes 100% to the project. Overhead comes out of general donations. As you read about our work, I hope you will find a project or two that you will want to support – either with your time or your donations.


Ball Foundation Grant Supports Storm Recovery

Friends Social and Annual Meeting – Aug 30

Heritage and Rustic Trail Closures – Storm Damage – Updated 8/17/15

Yoga on the Beach

THANK YOU Consumers Energy Foundation

Spring Wildflowers in Bloom

Find Your Park

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Expansion

Shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage

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