Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Enormous sand dunes rise up to 450 feet above Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is one of the Great Lakes' most iconic stretches of shoreline, and the contrast of the brilliant blue water with the bright white sand and green forest makes for a postcard-worthy scene. Sandy beaches and refreshing waves welcome swimmers and sunbathers; at the end of the day, the sunset turns the lake to breathtaking shades of pink and orange. Between visits to the beach, you can explore the park's hiking trails, paddle a river, or discover the fascinating maritime history of the region. The dunes are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so the time is always right for an adventure.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore covers 111 square miles of beaches, forests, and hills. Explore the landscape on the park's 100-mile trail network, which is open to hikers, bikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers. Try surfing, swimming, and paddling on Lake Michigan, or head to one of the nearby inland lakes and rivers for calmer water. Sleeping Bear Dunes is spectacular in the fall when the changing leaves create a wonderland of color; in the winter, sparkling white snow adds a fairytale feeling to the quiet forests and beaches.

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How To Get To Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sits in the northwestern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. From the southern part of the state, take Highway 131, Highway 127 or I-75 north. When you hit MI-115 or MI-72, head east. When you reach MI-22, drive north until you reach the park entrance.


9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630

Fee: Entry Fee (per vehicle) $25.0

Fee: Entry Fee (per motorcycle) $20.0

Fee: Entry Fee (per person) $15.0

Entry fee per person on foot or on bicycle.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has something for every type of vacationer — get active on the hiking trails or surf the Lake Michigan waves on a kayak or a paddleboard. Whether you love history, fishing, or scenic drives, you'll find plenty to fill your days. Between activities, relax in one of the beautiful forested campsites; when you bring an RV, you can enjoy the wild and wonderful landscape no matter the season.