The Lakeshore may quiet down in the winter, but for those who enjoy the great outdoors even in winter, the lakeshore is the place to get fresh air and activity.

The area transforms into a picturesque winter wonderland with trails for any activity level. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail allows for cross country skiing, ski-skating, fat tire biking, and snowshoeing. ViewThe Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in Winter page  to review the different skill levels for the sections of the trails between Empire and Glen Arbor.

The Rustic part of the trail in Port Oneida is not groomed but is great for snowshoeing as the snow tends to be heavier inland from the lake and protected from the winds. 
Make sure to check out all of the backcountry trails for hiking and snowshoeing. 

None of this would be possible without our trail crews. Friends Volunteers help with grooming trails year-round, clearing downed trees and debris. 
Additionally, our trail crew constantly checks and reports on all of the park’s trails for any dangers or changes in the conditions that would deem them unsafe. The Friends are vital partners to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Form

Stay alert to updated conditions and grooming for winter trail conditions for all activities by subscribing to the Winter Trails Report e-newsletter