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(Press Release provided by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore)     

EMPIRE: Join in the adventures at summer programs at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. These Sleeping Bear Dunes ranger programs are free with a park pass and open to all visitors.

This summer includes some exciting new programs, including coffee (or other morning beverage) and conversations with a ranger, social media-oriented “Post It” programs and Instameets, and ranger-guided twilight treks. Ranger-guided programs are offered daily.


Popular programs from last summer, such as ranger-led kayak/canoe tours and group bicycling on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, have returned this year. Visitors are required to bring their own canoe/kayak/bicycle or rent one from a local outfitter. In addition to daytime bike rides, evening rides will also be offered this year, with stops to enjoy some stargazing. Reservations are required for bike and canoe/kayak trips. Call 231-326-4700 ext. 5005 to make a reservation for a float trip or bike ride. Numbers are limited.

As in prior years, there will be a series of evening campground programs, kids’ pop-can fishing, “Heroes of the Storm,” which is the popular reenactment of a shipwreck rescue of the U.S. Life-Saving Service (USLSS), and weekly firings of the USLSS Lyle Gun.

All ranger programs are free with a park pass. For a listing of programs, check the park’s event calendar.

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