Come Climb the Dunes


Everybody wants to climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes, so come to the Dune Climb located north of Empire on M-109. You will find pure, wind-blown sand to climb, then run or roll down the dunes to the picnic area for a break and some refreshments and then head up the dune again.

climbing the dunes

Climbing the dunes is great exercise and there is a beautiful view of Glen Lake from the top. With the parking lot and picnic area at the base of the dune, you can stop climbing when you get tired and let gravity bring you back down.

3639425530_a15d42d2d1This is a great playground for kids of all ages. The memories created here draw us to bring our children and grandchildren here to share the fun and create their own memories.

The Dune Climb is open 24 hours per day. Please call Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (231) 326-5134 for more information.

Let The Summer Begin


Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Under Evaluation

Pierce stocking scenic driveEvery year at the Lake Michigan Overlook #9 on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, visitors are lured off the boardwalk. Despite posted warnings, people descend the 450 foot high rock and sand bluff.
the sight of others doing so may give the impression that this is a safe activity. It is not safe. rangers routinely respond to visitors who have become injured, dangerously exhausted, overheated, or who have become separated and lost as they seek alternate routes back to the top. Please do not climb at this location. the Dune climb is recommended as a safer location for climbing.
When we climb the steep bluffs, we destroy the fragile vegetation holding the dunes together. these unnatural human paths funnel the wind and focus erosion on specific places instead of across the entire dunes. Within a few generations, this erosion threatens to destroy the colors of the dunes we love to experience.
The Park has recently prepared a plan that looks at different ways of addressing the safety and resource issues at this site. the plan was available for public review, a public open house will be held June 17th at 5:00pm please call for more information 231-326-5134