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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.

9922 Front Street Empire, MI 49630

Events in the area

Title Date Location
Frankfort Art Fair August 19, 2022 Market Square Park
Frankfort Collector Car Show August 20, 2022 Mineral Springs Park
Benzie Fishing Frenzie August 26, 2022 Mineral Springs Park
Frankfort Beer Week October 03, 2022 Main Street
Frankfort Fall Festival October 08, 2022 Frankfort
Frankfort Film Festival October 20, 2022 Garden Theater
Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair November 26, 2022 Frankfort-Elberta HS
Frankfort Community Tree Lighting December 03, 2022 Rotary Park

To Be Announced Events in the area

Title Date Location
Frankfort Elberta Restaurant Week Early Jun Frankfort
Wine & Food Festival Mid Jun Leland Harbor
Frankfort Craft Fair Mid Jun Downtown Frankfort
Frankfort Carnival Late Jun Open Space Park
July 4th Celebration Early Jul Main Street
Art in the Park Early Jul Frankfort
Frankfort Fireworks Early Jul Main Street
Artist Market 2022 Early Jul Old Art Building
Glen Lake Art Fair Mid Jul Township Hall & Grounds

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