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Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes is as old as continental ice sheets and as young as the 1970 Establishment Act that set aside the Lakeshore for preservation of the natural resources and for public use. The most prominent features, and those for which the park is named, are the perched dunes above Lake Michigan. These immense sand dunes are “perched” atop the already towering headlands that are glacial moraines. The dune overlooks at the Sleeping Bear, Empire and Pyramid Point bluffs are about 400 feet above Lake Michigan. With 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and streams, the park is wonderfully water oriented.

Although the Lakeshore is long and narrow, it still has the depth for excellent representations of several northern hardwood and conifer forest types, abandoned farm site meadows, wetlands, lakes, streams, and bogs and splendid examples of glacially caused landforms. Whether you are on the sandy bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, in a canoe on one of the many inland lakes, hiking the myriad of trails through the forest, or visiting the Manitou Islands in Lake Michigan you will have a wonderful opportunity for bird watching, wildlife viewing, and for just enjoying nature at its best.

With over public 100,000 votes, recently, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was named the "Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's Good Morning America. Millions watched as the winner was announced live on television in, "Most Beautiful Place in America Revealed!"  Although the communities in the area surrounding Sleeping Bear Dunes are small, they are rich with shops, galleries, music, food and wine. And, they are very much unlike what you will find at the malls or in the cities.

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Events in the area

Title Date Location
Frankfort Craft Fair June 18, 2022 Downtown Frankfort
Glen Lake Art Fair July 20, 2022 Township Hall & Grounds
Frankfort Fall Festival October 08, 2022 Frankfort

To Be Announced Events in the area

Title Date Location
Antique Vehicle & Muscle Car Show (2022 date pending) Mid Jun Mineral Springs Park
Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair - Event Cancelled Late Nov Frankfort-Elberta HS
Wine & Food Festival (2022 date pending) Mid Jun Leland Harbor
July 4th Celebration Early Jul Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce
Art in the Park (2022 date pending) Early Jul Frankfort
Artist Market 2021 (2022 date pending) Early Jul Old Art Building
Frankfort Art Fair Mid Aug Market Square Park
Frankfort Collector Car Show Late Aug Mineral Springs Park
Frankfort Film Festival Late Oct Garden Theater
Frankfort Community Tree Lighting Early Dec Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce

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