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SBHT Ski Conditions

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is groomed for cross country skiing from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb. Ski conditions are posted on our web site.

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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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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  The first section of trail between Glen Arbor and the Dune Climb is 4.25 miles long and is groomed for cross-country skiing in winter.  When fully completed, the 27-mile trail will run from the southern edge of Leelanau County to Good Harbor Bay at County Route 651. 

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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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SBHT Winter Open House

About 100 people skied or snowshoed to the DH Day Log Cabin

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes hosted an Open House on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Saturday, February 15, 2014. The snacks (cookies and coffee from Cherry Republic, Hot Chocolate from the Grocer’s Daughter, and Hershey’s Kisses from Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes) were at the DH Day Log Cabin, which is right next to the trail in the DH Day Campground.

The Friends groom the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail for cross-country skiing several times each week during the winter. We put down two sets of classic tracks on the outside of the trail and corduroy for skate skiing and snowshoeing in the middle of the trail. We had the grooming equipment out at the Log Cabin too so visitors could see what we use to groom the trail and meet some of the volunteers that take care of your trail.


2013 – A Very Productive Year

SBHT Ski Conditions

New Trail Needs Your Input

Experience 231 Smart Phone App

Bay to Bay Trail Planning

Sleepy Bear Twilight Ride – August 11

Volunteers Clear Thorsen Farm Field

New Mower for South Manitou Island

Environmental Assessment of Kettles Trail

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