Updated May 21, 2020 – all Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will reopen trails, trailheads, picnic areas, parking areas, and boat launches as well as the Dune Climb starting Friday, May 22nd. The visitor center, 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.
As of March 16, the Park’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center has been closed to the public.
Follow these links below to download Sleeping Bear Dunes mobile app for both Apple and Android.
The Park has also created a new mini-Visitors Guide with additional information you may need while visiting the park during this time. 
 
Our participation in National Lakeshore events will be determined by the guidance of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore management.

Beginning Friday, May 22, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will reopen access to: 

  • 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:

  • the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire;
  • all campgrounds and camping;
  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive;
  • all museums and indoor exhibits; and
  • full service restrooms.

 Visit The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Website for Updates.

This year, the Park has put together a one-page Visitors Guide for 2020.
Download a printable PDF of the Visitors Guide before you go to the park and use it as a reference to plan a safe visit. 

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