Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is defined by the white, sandy bluffs that tower more than 450 feet above the aqua blue waters of Lake Michigan.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1970, to protect the dune formations and other natural features in this pristine environment.
While the park is now maintained and protected by the government, the National Park Service is dedicated to preserving and upholding the traditions of the past by hiring Anishinaabek peoples to work at the park and provide interpretive and educational exhibits that highlight their stories and connection to these beautiful lands.
The park is named after the Sleeping Bear legend — an oral tradition of the Ojibwe peoples who were part of the Anishinaabek Tribe.
The very name of Sleeping Bear Dunes suggests that the best thing to do at this National Park is to climb the dunes. While that’s one of the most popular activities for people of all ages to enjoy, there are many more things to do too.
The Dune Climb is a rite of passage for many Sleeping Bear Dunes visitors. Located about 5 miles outside of Empire on the west side of M-109, this is one of the most popular activities to attempt at the park.