Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

National Park · Michigan, United States


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a United States National Lakeshore located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Leelanau and Benzie counties near Empire, Michigan. The park covers a 35-mile-long stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou islands. This Northern Michigan park was established primarily because of its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena.

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The stars along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan are quite a sight, and one of the best spots is within Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. There are many prime stargazing locations within the park, including along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Thoreson Farm, Platte River Point, the parking lot of Dune Climb, or any of the beaches along Lake Michigan. Or check out a Night Sky program – visit the park’s website for exact times and locations before you head out.
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The name of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore comes from the Anishinaabek story of Sleeping Bear. The area is rich in history stretching all the way back to 11,000 B.C. Today the park continues to work with Anishinaabek partners to expand storytelling about these landscapes and the people who lived there. Visitors can explore these stories and more through the park’s programs, scenic trails, and recreational opportunities.
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Many jewels of the National Park System are strung along the Great Lakes and Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan is one of them. Drawing its name from Native American legend, this lakeshore offers beaches, towering sand dunes, and more than 100 miles of hiking trails. Young and old will get a kick out of the challenge of the “Dune Climb” – reach the top of the dunes and enjoy the view of Glen Lake.
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