Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located along the shores of Lake Michigan in northern Michigan’s Benzie and Leelanau counties, is just a short drive from Crystal Mountain. This 70,000-acre national park includes 35 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and the North and South Manitou Islands. Crystal Mountain offers numerous outdoor adventure programs that enable you and your family to experience the splendor of Sleeping Bear.
At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you will discover sand dunes that tower 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Hills and forests blanketed in trillium flowers and birch, pine, beech and maple trees. Petite lakes and meandering rivers. Castaway islands. And sunsets—unforgettable, awe-inspiring sunsets!
Every year thousands of visitors experience northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. From the popular Dune Climb to secluded beaches, you are sure to have a memorable time at this year-round national park. Make Crystal Mountain your base camp for a day trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Sleeping Bear Dunes Tours & Explorations
Platte River Canoe or Kayak Trip with Honor Trading Post
This family friendly, two-hour float down the beautiful Platte River ends on the sugary sand beaches of Lake Michigan. Learn more about kayaking and canoeing the Platte River.
Day & Time: Trips offered daily on the hour, just 20 minutes from Crystal Mountain.
Rate: $38 per canoe, $28 per single kayak and $48 per double kayak. Transportation not included.
Reservations required. Call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888.968.7686 ext. 7500.
Crystal Mountain to Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center in Empire
If you are planning to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore without our guides, please feel free to use the Google Map below to navigate from Crystal Mountain to the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, Michigan - approximately a 30 minute drive. The southern half of the park, known as the Platte River District, is a shorter distance. Also, the Sleeping Bear Dunes website provides a Plan Your Visit section, which includes a Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Map and other helpful resources.
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