National Public Lands Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore focused on cleaning our Lake Michigan beaches. The day started out with rain but cleared up nicely as we got to the beach. Twenty one people walked over 10 miles of beach from Platte River Point to Empire Bluffs. We picked up over 100 pounds of trash including a tire that had washed up about 2 miles north of the Esch Road Beach. One thing we’ve learned after several years experience in the Adopt-A-Beach program is that large, heavy items always was ashore at the furthest point from a beach access. This tire was quite a project to carry, roll, and sled the 2 miles back to Esch Road.

Sledding the Tire down the beach

We carried, rolled, and sledded the tire for 2 miles.

We all enjoyed a nice day at the beach with friends helping keep our beaches clean. Click here to learn more about our Adopt-A-Beach program where you can help us keep our beaches clean. We provide you with training and the tools you’ll need if you can walk your beach once a month on your own schedule.