Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:  The government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, October 1, has closed down most of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The shutdown takes effect as the fall color season begins and on the opening day of Michigan's bow hunting season.

While county road accesses will soon remain open, all entries owned by the United States government will be closed or blocked. Those closures include Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, the Dune Climb, the Visitors Center, the campgrounds and all restrooms. Only four employees will remain on duty out of the staff of 60.

And the latest posting on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's Facebook page:

"Because of the federal government shutdown this National Park Service Facebook page is inactive. We'll start the conversation again when we get back."

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