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Ski Conditions

We groom the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Glen Arbor to Empire when snow conditions allow. Ski conditions will be posted here whenever there is a change in conditions. This winter, we will also groom from Crystal View Trailhead past the Homestead to Port Oneida Road.

Ski conditions will be posted on our web site whenever conditions change.

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Snowshoe Hikes

We are inviting all 4th grade classes to come to Sleeping Bear Dunes for a winter snowshoe  experience. We will pay for bus transportation and a team of rangers will lead you on snowshoes through the wintery woods.

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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. The newest section Basch Road to Bohemian Road (CR-669) opened in October, 2016.

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Echo Valley Mt Bike Trail

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes has begun raising funds to support an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the impacts of an proposed Mountain Bike trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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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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A Busy Year – 2016 Accomplishments

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes spent over $66,000 in support of a wide variety of projects at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The largest projects in 2016 were maintenance of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, recovery from the windstorm in 2015, and the snowshoe program for 4th graders. Click here to see our annual newsletter that describes some of the projects and includes a list of projects we funded. For those of you who want more details about all of the projects we funded in 2016, click here.

What’s in the Plan for 2017?

We will definitely be busy in 2017 with our ongoing volunteer programs, but there will also be several big projects that we will need your help with. We will need volunteers AND donations to accomplish these big goals next year.

  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail – Annual Operations & Maintenance ($25,000)
  • Kettles Trail in the Bow Lakes Region of the Park – We will be building trail, observation deck, and parking lot in 2017 ($40,000)
  • Improvements to trails and Lake Michigan beach areas to make it easier for everyone to use. Projects are being identified and developed through an assessment by Park staff and nationally recognized experts. One beach that will definitely be addressed is Glen Haven. ($$ has not been determined yet)
  • New wayside interpretive panels for stops along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to replace the existing panels that were installed in the 1980’s. ($10,700)

Click here to make a donation for one of these projects or our General Fund.

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Snowshoe Hikes

4th Grade Snowshoe Program

New Video features Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Expansion

Yoga on the Beach

Many Ways to Support the SBHT

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail – Ready for Spring

School Snowshoe Hikes – Happening Now!

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