About Philip A. Hart Visitor Center for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in the northwestern corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula, along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The park is home to towering sand dunes, lush forests, and crystal-clear lakes. Visitors can explore miles of trails, climb the dunes, or relax on the beach. The Lakeshore also offers amazing views of the lake, islands, and surrounding countryside. There are plenty of activities to enjoy, such as kayaking, fishing, camping, and swimming. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or an extended vacation, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the perfect place to escape and experience the beauty of nature.
The national park encompasses a 35-mile stretch of Lake Michigan’s northeastern shoreline and North and South Manitou Islands. View the Map
The Philip A. Hart Visitor Center located in Empire, Michigan is the headquarters for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Here is a list of locations where you can purchase a park pass.
Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, Empire, MI – Year-round
Platte River Campground Office – March to November
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Entrance Station – Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
Dune Climb Entrance Station – Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
D. H. Day Campground Office – May to October
Leland Boat Dock – May to September
If you are interested in taking guide tours within the park, there are a number of ranger led or park approved vendors that provide tours within the park. Learn more