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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

As of June 6, 2014, segment two (5.5 miles) from the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb to Empire is open! This section of the trail offers some challenging hills. The section from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor offers an easier ride.

Join us for the Sleepy Bear Twilight Ride Sunday, August 10 at the Dune Climb!

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Bay to Bay Trail Planning

We are studying the possibility of a new water trail and backpacking trail that would run the length of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore from Platte Bay to Good Harbor Bay. This proposed Bay to Bay Trail would offer backcountry camping for multi-day wilderness experiences. If you are a kayaker or backpacker, we would like your input.

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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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The Platte and Crystal Rivers flow through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Thousands of people enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and tubing down these rivers during the summer months. Our River Rangers float the rivers on a regular basis to pick up trash and report safety issues. If you enjoy the river, why not help out?


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Beach Clean-upHelp us keep our Lake Michigan beaches beautiful and safe. Adopt your favorite beach and walk your beach at least once a month picking up trash and reporting on beach conditions. It’s a great way to enjoy the beach – with a purpose.

More information: Adopt-A-Beach program

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Port Oneida Fair

The Port Oneida Fair features 6 historical sites in the Rural Historic District of Sleeping Bear Dunes each August. Over 100 demonstrators practice their crafts while children try their hand at a wide variety of hands-on activities. Music and square dancing add to the atmosphere.

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Beach Access Stairs at Sunset Shores in Port Oneida

Park management requested the Friends to work with the NPS Roads and Trails crew to build another Beach Access Stairs at the road end of Sunset Shores (just off of Thoreson Rd.). Funding for this project was provided by an anonymous donor who wanted to protect the Lake Michigan bluffs from erosion. Fifteen volunteers worked on the project – including several from Cherry Republic. Over 250 hours of volunteer time + staff from NPS Roads & Trails accomplished the project in less than 2 weeks.

Jim and Andrew building platforms

Jim and Andrew building platforms

The project was completed the afternoon of July 3 – just in time for the 4th of July weekend, and the first people to use the new stairs was a family with a very young baby and another family member with a bad leg. They were thankful to have a safe way to get to the beach! Click here to see more pictures of the project.

Over the past several years, we have teamed up with Cherry Republic and NPS to build stairs at Lane Road and another one at the little gravel road about a mile further north on Port Oneida Rd.

These steep bluffs along Lake Michigan get eroded from all of the foot traffic sliding down the bluff from the road end to the dunes below. In addition, the soil around the roots of the trees is compacted which is hard on the trees. Looking at the area at Sunset Shores, you can see green vegetation in the forest understory – except in the area that people have walked from their cars to the bluff. Having the stairs will reduce human impact on these areas, while making it easier and safer for people to get from their cars to these secluded beaches.

Click below for maps to the three Beach Access Stairs in Port Oneida:


Friends March in Glen Arbor July 4 Parade

Celebrate the New Segment of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness Dedication

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

2014 Annual Newsletter Available Now

SBHT Winter Open House

2013 – A Very Productive Year

New Trail Needs Your Input

Experience 231 Smart Phone App

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