Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


The shoreline at Sleeping Bear is typified by its massive dune deposits and by steep bluffs that rise as high as 500 feet above the lake. For paddlers, the most popular area is the short Platte River, near the southern end, a slow-moving, meandering flow that is full of canoeists and inner tubes during the summer.

Crystal River, farther north, is another popular canoeing destination. Excursions along the coast are possible, although campsites are limited. Ten to 12 miles offshore lie the more primitive Manitou Islands (north and south), which are accessible by passenger ferry. There, wilderness camping is available, and paddling water is appropriate for sea kayaking. Contact the park for information on paddling the more primitive areas.


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