Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a total area of about 71,000 acres of land in Leelanau County and Benzie County, in Michigan. The national lakeshore is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Michigan's lower peninsula. Several routes can be used to access the national lakeshore including using the I-75 that goes across the state into the Upper Peninsula. You could also use US 131 through Grand Rapids or US 31 along Lake Michigan.
When you get to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you will get to experience several unique and interesting features including 35 miles of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline including rugged towering bluffs as high as 460 feet above Lake Michigan, birch-lined streams, massive sand dunes, clear lakes, white sand beaches, and beech-maple forests.
Besides these natural attractions, the park also has several amenities that allow visitors to experience diverse recreational activities including swimming, hiking, camping, boating, fishing, auto touring, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ranger-led walks, and campfire programs.
The amenities in the national lakeshore include a picnic area, campgrounds, boat ramp, restrooms, restaurant, boat rental, bathhouse, visitor center, museum, and a self-guided tour. Bringing your dog to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is permitted as long as you abide by the strict rules. Some of the rules that you have to follow with regard to your dog include the following.
First, you must maintain good pet etiquette including cleaning up after your pooch and disposing of your dog’s poop in the right manner. You must also be certain that your dog is respectful of the national lakeshore resources including wildlife and plants in the protected area.
Additionally, you must be aware of the areas of the park that you are allowed and not allowed to visit. Areas that you cannot visit with your dog include all group campsites, Maritime Museum grounds, North Bar Lake, Platte Point Beach, White Pine, and Valley View backcountry campsites. Areas that you and your pooch can visit include Glen Lake Picnic Area and several other large areas.