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.
|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|
|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|