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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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Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes – Making an Impact

The October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014 fiscal year was a good one! The Federal Government operates on this fiscal year and the Friends have changed our fiscal year to match the Park. That simplifies some of our reporting and bookkeeping. Each year, Park Management asks us to report on the projects, grants, and volunteer hours during the year, and this one is the best ever!

Trail Crew installs signs on SBHT

Trail Crew installs signs on SBHT

Our Adopt-A-Beach program reported 90 volunteers maintaining our Lake Michigan beaches and logging over 1,000 hours. We were fortunate this year in having only a couple of major trash wash-ups, and very few dead birds! The Adopt-A-Trail program reported 35 volunteers logging over 660 hours keeping our hiking trails clear and safe.  The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Ambassadors (84 volunteers) and Trail Crew (28 volunteers) logged almost 2,600 hours.

The Friends made cash grants to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore of $9,382 and contributed $205,314 in a long list of projects. The major projects included the SBHT trail spur to the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive parking lot and the Donor Recognition Plaza for the SBHT at the Dune Climb. Funds for these projects came from the private fundraising for the SBHT led by TART and the SBHT Campaign Cabinet.

Beach Access Stairs at Sunset Shores

Beach Access Stairs at Sunset Shores

We built another beach access stairs in Port Oneida, to allow safe access from road level down a steep bluff to the Lake Michigan Beach. Fifteen volunteers (many from Cherry Republic) logged over 250 hours building these steps under the direction of Chris Lefleur, Park Roads & Trails Crew. The first visitors to use the new steps was an extended family with a baby and some elderly aunts and uncles, who all very much appreciated the new stairs.

Several projects that support historic and cultural activities at the Park were transferred to Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear, another non-profit Park Partner focused on historic and cultural preservation within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We transferred these projects to minimize duplication of effort and it allows the Friends to focus on recreational projects like trails, natural resource protection, and educational projects.

Click here for a complete listing of our projects and the funding for 2013-2014.
Click here for a summary of the value of grants and in-kind donations for 2013-2014.


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Membership Meeting – September 7

Sleepy Bear Twilight Ride – August 10, 2014

Beach Access Stairs at Sunset Shores 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

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