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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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Adopt-A-Trail

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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Adopt-A-River

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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Adopt-A-Beach

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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Membership Meeting – September 7

Please join us at the DH Day Log Cabin on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in DH Day Campground for our Annual Members Meeting. The meeting will be held Sunday, September 7 from 2 – 4 PM and there will be dessert snacks and juice for social time after the meeting. You can either drive into the campground and park by the cabin or park at Glen Haven and walk or ride your bike to the cabin on the Heritage Trail. Parking is a bit limited at the cabin.

We will briefly update you on the status of our major projects and plans for the coming year. This is a great opportunity to get more details about your favorite project. You’ll have a chance to find out about upcoming projects that haven’t been publicized yet too.

We will have a Park Update from Merrith Baughman, Chief of Interpretation at Sleeping Bear Dunes also, so if you have any questions about activities in the Park, you can ask them then.

This is the time of year when we elect new board members as well. If you have contributed financially to the Friends in the past year, you can vote for board members. If you want, to vote, but didn’t contribute yet this year – don’t worry! Just bring your wallet along and make a donation and vote!

These meetings are always fun and give you a chance to meet other volunteers and board members in person, so come on out and join us on Sunday afternoon.

Click here to see an agenda for the meeting.

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Sleepy Bear Twilight Ride – August 10, 2014

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness Dedication

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

2014 Annual Newsletter Available Now

SBHT Winter Open House

2013 – A Very Productive Year

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