Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has announced that they have completed a variety of projects needed to prepare the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for visitors to safely enjoy.
The Scenic Drive will only be available on Saturdays and Sundays for the next several weeks as one big project is still being worked on during the week – replacement of the entrance station that sits at the base of the Scenic Drive.
The drive will be open for the first time this season on Saturday, July 11. Park Rangers will be at the drive entrance from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each weekend to answer visitor questions.
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.
Among the projects that were completed in June, following the return to work of field employees, were a new roof on the covered bridge, rehabilitation of the restrooms at Picnic Mountain, refurbishing railings at the overlook platforms, site preparation for the entrance station construction, and the clearing of many, many downed trees. The Lakeshore plans to open the drive seven days a week when the entrance station construction is completed sometime in August.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on the Lakeshore website (https://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm) and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.