Preventative Search and Rescue – PSAR

Each year Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore conducts more than 60 search and rescue missions. Most of these occur at the Dune Climb and at the Lake Michigan Overlook stop on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. This project provides a trained volunteer to educate visitors about the safety issues they may face at these two popular spots in the park. Volunteers and Park staff will be available to give advice on appropriate planning, protective clothing, sunscreen, water/food, etc. to lower the number of visitor safety issues that require a Search and Rescue.

Volunteers and Park staff will be stationed at the Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Drive Lake Michigan Overlook during peak use times. Click here to learn more about becoming a PSAR volunteer. Complete a Volunteer Registration to sign up as a PSAR volunteer.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had less than 50% of the normal number of search and rescues during the summer of 2017.

PSAR Volunteer talking to visitors walking from Dune Climb to Lake Michigan

Looking up at the Lake Michigan Overlook Deck from the beach

Visitor stands on the Sleeping Bear Bluff at the Lake Michigan Overlook

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