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You’re visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for the  rst time. We’re glad you’re here, and so are you.
But your stay is limited. Where to start and what to do?
Here are the LVGs suggestions for getting to know the Lakeshore:
• Get a pass. You’ll save yourself a lot of problems. Rangers are generally happy folk, but it is there job to make sure you’re paying your way. It shouldn’t be a federal case if you don’t — well, actually, it could be.
A “park entrance pass” cost $20 and is good for everyone in
your vehicle for one week. An annual entrance pass cost $40.
• Attend an interpretative program. There are blacksmiths at Glen Haven and even an old-fashioned lifesaving skit at the park’s museum. Just take
a left at Glen Haven. And D.H. Day also hosts programs.
Actually, you should stop at the Visitors Center in Empire to plan your day.
• You don’t own the Lakeshore. You own one share of stock. And summer is like
a two-month stockholder’s convention, so expect to  nd some lines and to park in the back row at the Dune Climb
on weekends.
• The latest big thing at
the Lakeshore is the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a mostly paved, semi-off road path that now extends from Empire to County Road 669. People love it. Popular stops include the Dune Climb, D.H. Day Campground and, of course, Glen Arbor for shopping. The Trail is maintained by Friends of Sleeping Bear through about 40 trail ambassadores. If you see one, offer up a “thanks for helping out” salute.
• Dogs have to be on leashes, and they aren’t allowed at all in some areas.
You’ll  nd signs and these nice folks called the “Bark Patrol” who, along with their dogs, will show you the way.
• Don’t like crowds? Visit the Manitous, where the number of visitors is limited to one ferry a day. They’re a delight. And the ferry ride over from Leland aboard the Mishe-Mokwa or Manitou Isle gives you a clear perspective of the grandness of the Lakeshore.
• You’ll be a hero to the locals and rangers if you spend some time picking up stuff other people left on the beach.
Thanks for visiting!
Welcome to the
Some 19 of Gail Herendeen’s closest young friends — all from Indiana — visited her home on big Glen Lake last summer. They were enticed by neighbor Warren Boos to don Michigan t-shirts and “have fun” — which they did at a lookout off Pierce Stocking Drive, with Herendeen snapping the shot.
Here are some thoughts to get you started.
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