The Dunes offer visitors sightseeing and recreational and educational opportunities in all seasons of the year.
In spring, summer and fall, swim and picnic at sugar sand beaches; canoe, kayak or tube on crystal-clear streams; or, simply let the day slip away with a late summer sunset. Wintertime provides a much different view. Snowshoe, cross country or downhill ski, snowboard or venture into the wilderness. Your only company will be the Dunes' year-round residents - its natural wildlife.
Our staff at the Lakeshore is proud to preserve and protect this natural environment for you and your family, just as we have for over 40 years. In fact, the Dunes have a very long history of recreation, agriculture and maritime activity, a great deal of which can still be seen through preserved and restored buildings and landmarks.
Shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, the diverse terrain and ecology of the dune environment is alive with opportunity for observing and learning about our natural world and what we can do to protect it. While you are here, I encourage you to contact National Park Service uniformed employees, or one of the many volunteers that work in the park, if you have questions or need assistance.
Enjoy your stay in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. I hope you have a safe and memorable visit.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore