Northern Michigan Events: In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that the entrance fee to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be waived on Monday, January 21.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, along with 397 other units of the national park system, will waive entrance fees during the upcoming holiday as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage everyone to visit and experience the many wonders of their national parks across America.  The other fee-free days this year include: April 22-26 (National Park Week), August 25 (National Park Service Birthday), September 28 (National Public Lands Day), and November 9-11 (Veterans Day Weekend).

Winter is a great time to explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Visit the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily) to learn about all the park has to offer this time of year.  Bring your tube or saucer and enjoy the designated sledding hill at the Dune Climb, or cross-country ski/snowshoe one of the many trails in the park.  Also, don’t forget to join in on a Park Ranger-led snowshoe hike every Saturday.  They are limited to 30 participants, so reservations are encouraged.  Hikes begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center.  Please call 231-326-515, extension 328, for details and to make reservations.

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