Updated July 25, 2020 – all Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has reopened The visitor center and has resumed Fee Operation.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) resumed the collection of entrance fees Saturday, July 25, 2020. The $25.00 park entrance pass allows everyone in a private vehicle to recreate in the National Lakeshore for seven days. Passes may be obtained at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, MI, daily from 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m., and at the Platte River and D. H. Day Campground offices, daily from 9:00 a.m. to
9:00 p.m. Park passes are also available at self-pay stations located at many of the beach road-ends as well as local area businesses will also resume selling National Lakeshore, including Manitou Island Transit (at their Fishtown gift shop), Crystal River
Outfitters, Honor Trading Post, and Riverside Canoe Trips. The Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive entrance stations remain under construction and will not be able to sell passes until later in August.
You can visit select Museum sites at Glen Haven and Port Oneida with proper social distancing protocols.
The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will be CLOSED while the entry station continues to be worked on.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is open and maintaining operations based on information from the CDC, state governments, and local health authorities. Check out the National Park Service website for the most up-to-date information on your national parks.
The Park has also created a new mini-Visitors Guide with additional information you may need while visiting the park during this time.
The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will be open on weekends, starting July 11th but will be closed to all traffic on weekdays when the construction at the drive entrance will make it unsafe to enter. Visitors should also be aware that in order to provide for social distancing the narrow boardwalk to the Lake Michigan Overlook platform has not yet been installed. Visitors with limited mobility are encouraged to enjoy the spectacular views (and shorter paths) at the Dune and North Bar Lake Overlooks for now.
Park Rangers will be at the drive entrance from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each weekend to answer visitor questions.
The visitor center will be open daily from 9am-4pm with CDC guidelines in place including social distancing (at least 6 feet) and face coverings. The number of visitors allowed in the building will be limited. Services will be limited to visitor information, restroom use, and purchasing sales items through America’s National Parks, our cooperating association. We are requesting payment via credit or debit card.
Campground offices will be open daily from 9am-9pm with the same safety practices as the visitor center. Camping reservations for Platte River and D.H. Day Campgrounds will reopen via www.recreation.gov on June 23rd. The first loop (sites 1-31) and site 85 at D.H. Day Campground are currently closed through July 21st due to flooding. Extensions to these closures are possible as staff continues to monitor the water level. Park rangers will be available at the Dune Climb under the green tent to provide information daily from 9am-4pm as well.
Follow these links below to download Sleeping Bear Dunes mobile app for both Apple and Android.
Our participation in National Lakeshore events will be determined by the guidance of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore management.
If you see any safety concerns that may require immediate attention, please fill out the safety report on our website.
Friends of Sleeping Bear Executive Committee