Updated June 23, 2020 – all Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has reopen The visitor center, and limited sites at campgrounds. Museums, as well as the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will be opened as soon as public health guidance allows.
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.
Starting June 23rd, 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.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has reopen access to: 

  • The Visitor Center in Empire, MI
  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail;
  • all park hiking trails and trailheads;
  • picnic areas;
  • parking areas;
  • boat launches;
  • Dune Climb; and
  • vault toilets.

Facilities that have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, including:

  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive;
  • all museums and indoor exhibits; and
  • full service restrooms.

 Visit The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Website for Updates.

The Park has also created a new mini-Visitors Guide with additional information you may need while visiting the park during this time. 
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the park is announcing additional modifications to operations in response to guidance from the CDC, United States Public Health Service, and the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department. For further information about park closures, visit: https://www.nps.gov/slbe/learn/news/sleeping-bear-dunes-national-lakeshore-is-modifying-operations-to-implement-latest-health-guidance.htm
If you see any safety concerns that may require immediate attention, please fill out the safety report on our website. 
And please, e-mail any questions to info@friendsofsleepingbear.org
Stay healthy, 
Friends of Sleeping Bear Executive Committee