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- For information about camping on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, visit http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm
- From canoes to bikes, you'll have several choices of outfitters for renting equipment. Here are some to try: Crystal River Outfitters (http://www.crystalriveroutfitters.com/index.asp) or Hawkins Fly Fishing (http://www.hawkinsflyfishing.com/).
- Come prepared. Empire and Glen Arbor, the two villages in the area, are very small (a little over 300 residents each) so you may not be able to run out for a loaf of bread or other necessity 24/7.
Whether you and your family are die-hard naturalists or just enjoy a walk through a shady forest or skimming stones on the lake, any trip to the Grand Traverse area isn’t complete without a trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Offering(+) More
Whether you and your family are die-hard naturalists or just enjoy a walk through a shady forest or skimming stones on the lake, any trip to the Grand Traverse area isn’t complete without a trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Offering over 50,000 acres of hills, forests, lakes, rivers, white-sand beaches, and huge sand dunes and bluffs along the Lake Michigan shoreline, there’s something here for everyone.
The area tells the tale of northern Michigan’s geological history: Over many years ice, wind, and water have conspired to move sand, stone, and water in this dynamic area, creating ever-changing hills and valleys. The changes are often fast moving, too: Several sand slides over the past century have dramatically altered the landscape.
Go for a hiking or biking excursion or try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing during the winter months. Hunt for shells and smooth stones along the shore, watch for the area’s birds, mammals and other wildlife, or have a sunset picnic on the beach. You can also canoe, kayak, or tube one of the lakeshore’s waterways. There’s so much to do and the scenery is so beautiful that you may have a hard time heading back to civilization at the end of your vacation.(-) Close
The closest city, Traverse City, is 25 miles to the east
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