The gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline was voted the Most Beautiful Place in America on ABC's Good Morning America show. It is stunning with the clear waters of Lake Michigan, the inviting white, sandy beaches and the excitement of the dunes for climbing and exploration. The park includes 64 miles of beaches and is perfect for sunsets and awe-inspiring views.
Pets are allowed but they must be leashed and owners are advised to be respectful to the wildlife in the area. There are a number of no-pet locations in the National Park. Make sure you adhere to the rules as to where animals are and are not allowed. The beaches along the shoreline that allow dogs are listed:
- Platte River Campground / Railroad Grade trail north to Peterson Road
- Esch Road north to the Lakeshore boundary (south of Empire)
- Peterson Road south to Old Railroad Grade Trail/Platte Campground Trail
- Lakeshore boundary north of Empire to just south of the North Bar Lake stream outlet
- Maritime Museum east (but not on the Maritime Museum grounds) to the Lakeshore boundary (west of Glen Arbor)
- Lakeshore boundary north of Glen Arbor around Pyramid Point to CR 669
- CR 651 north to the Lakeshore northern boundary
- Glen Lake Picnic Area
The park rules for pets include the following:
Pets must be on a 6-foot leash at all times. Owners may not tie up or leave their pets unattended. Owners must clean up after their pets and prevent them from being a nuisance to others or barking excessively. Never allow your dog to disturb the wildlife who make their homes and nest along the shore. During hunting season, owners and their pets must wear orange.
This is a large park that includes two information stations, showers at the Platte River Campground and restrooms in designated areas. You will want to check the schedule of events for activities within the park.
Wag! does not allow or encourage Pet Care Providers to bring dogs to parks.