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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI

National Park Service

Overview

Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450' above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park's rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.

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Recreational Activities:

  • AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING
  • BOATING
  • CAMPING
  • FISHING
  • HIKING
  • HUNTING
  • PADDLING
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • SWIMMING
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING

Address:

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
9922 Front Street
Empire,MI,49630
Email: slbe_interpretation@nps.gov

Directions:

By Car: From the south (Detroit or Chicago areas) - Take US-31, US-131, US-27 to M-115 & M-37, I-75 and M-72 North to Traverse City, then west on M-72 to the Village of Empire. You may also get to Empire from the south via US-31 to Ludington and then north to Manistee. You can follow either US-31 or M-22 from north of Manistee. If you follow M-22, stay on it through Frankfort and on to Empire. In Empire, turn right on M-72 and drive about 100 yards and you will see the Visitor Center on your left. If you follow US-31 north of Manistee, continue north on US-31 to Beulah. Proceed 3.3 miles and turn left on County Road 706. Follow CR 706 4.4 miles to M-22. Turn right on M-22 and drive north to Empire. From the north (Michigan's Upper Peninsula), take I-75 to Grayling and follow M-72 to Traverse City or take US-31 south to Traverse City, then go west on M-72 to the Village of Empire. By Plane: via Cherry Capital Airport (TVC)in Traverse City By Bus: via BATA bus from Traverse City to Empire.

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