As of May 21, 2020, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore announced the re-opening of trailheads,, Dune Climb, beach parking, and some restroom facilities. The visitors center, Pierce Sticking Scenic Drive and campgrounds will remain closed until further notice.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has begun to increase access to park facilities.
Please be aware when hiking the Park trails in the spring some may still have downed trees or other obstacles. If you see a safety concern, please report it using our safety report.
Our first season has come to an end and was a great success with over 70 visitors able to use the track chair.
Updated May 21, 2020 – all Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will reopen trails, trailheads, picnic areas, parking areas,… Read More »June Newsletter Summer Volunteer Training Tracking Shipwrecks Kettles in Spring Trails Reopen Life of the Sleeping Bear in the News Administrative Positions Open
3 days ago
#fridayfieldnotes Have you ever hiked the Otter Creek Loop?
The Otter Creek loop is part of the Platte Plains Trail. It meanders through mixed forest along Otter Creek and Otter Lake. In spring, many species of wildflower are in bloom and migrating warblers can be seen or heard in the trees.
For trail maps and a list of park trails, visit the hiking trails page on our website.
If you are planning a visit, be sure to take measures to deter ticks and always do a thorough tick check when finished with your hike. [image: a dirt trail runs through the center of the photo with maple trees on the left of the trail and rows of pine trees on the right.] #Repost @sleepingbearnps ...
5 days ago
An update to our Track Chair Program for this season.
Due to continued concern with Covid-19, we have suspended the Track Chair Program for this 2020 Season for the safety of all involved.
We want to thank everyone that has supported this program and hope to have it up and running in 2021.
Stay tuned to the latest park updates on our website or by clicking on the news section. ...
Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.
6 days ago
This weekend we were excited to resume some volunteer activity in the park like trail maintenance and Adopt-A-programs where volunteers can practice proper social distancing.
Like every spring, we call for new volunteers!
If you would like to volunteer you can review all jobs and apply on our website: friendsofsleepingbear.org/volunteer-job-descriptions/
If you have volunteered with us in the past, each program leader will reach out to small groups of volunteers as needed. ...
7 days ago
”Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” - President Harry S. Truman
This #memorialday we remember all who have given their lives in service of our county and fellow countryman.
Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station which was constructed in 1901 moved to its current location just north of where it was built because the dune’s natural movement was beginning to encroach on it.
The Maritime Museum and other historic buildings in the park remain closed until further notice but trailhead parking has now been opened, including access to the coastline of Sleeping Bear Point. ...
1 week ago
We received a wonderful note from a visitor who explored the Kettles Trail, one of the Park's rustic trails and the newest! This is a wonderful location ripe with spring flowers and is more secluded from the lakeshore.
Read the full comment and article about exploring the Kettles in the Spring on our site and learn how you can plan your visit now that the trails in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore are OPEN!