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Dog Friendly Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Michigan
Dunes National Lakeshore is a United States National Lakeshore located along
the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Leelanau County
and Benzie County. The park covers a 35-mile (60-km) stretch of Lake
Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands.
This northern Michigan park was established primarily because of its
outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations,
and ancient glacial phenomena. The Lakeshore also contains many cultural
features including the 1871 South Manitou Island Lighthouse, three former
Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations and an extensive rural historic
farm district. In 2011, the park was named by ABC's Good Morning America as
the "Most Beautiful Place in America".
The park is named after a Chippewa legend of the sleeping bear. According to the
legend, an enormous forest fire on the western shore of Lake Michigan drove a
mother bear and her two cubs into the lake for shelter, determined to reach the
opposite shore. After many miles of swimming, the two cubs lagged behind. When
the mother bear reached the shore, she waited on the top of a high bluff. The
exhausted cubs drowned in the lake, but the mother bear stayed and waited in
hopes that her cubs would finally appear. Impressed by the mother bear's
determination and faith, the Great Spirit created two islands (North and South
Manitou Island) to commemorate the cubs, and the winds buried the sleeping bear
under the sands of the dunes where she waits to this day. The "bear" was a small
tree-covered knoll at the top edge of the bluff that, from the water, had the
appearance of a sleeping bear. Wind and erosion have caused the "bear" to be
greatly reduced in size over the years.
Pet Rules and Regulations at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore welcomes you and your pets to enjoy the
park together. Like most outdoor activities within a National Park area, there
are some rules and regulations that apply to having a pet with you. These have
been established for the safety and enjoyment of both visitors and pets alike.
Violation of these rules and regulations could result in receiving a federal
Violation Notice which includes a fine and a possible appearance in federal
Trained assistance dogs accompanying impaired persons are permitted throughout
the Lakeshore. Pets are generally permitted within the Lakeshore except in
certain limited areas designated as "no-pet" areas. These areas can be
identified by a "No Pets" sign and by referencing the map. A small percentage of
the park has been closed to pets for the protection of wildlife and to ensure
the enjoyment of all park visitors.
Leashed pets are allowed on these beaches
From Platte River Campground / Railroad Grade trail north to
From Esch Road north to the Lakeshore boundary (south of Empire).
From the Lakeshore boundary north of Empire to just south of the
North Bar Lake stream outlet.
From Maritime Museum east (but not on the Maritime Museum grounds)
to the Lakeshore boundary
From the Lakeshore boundary north of Glen Arbor around Pyramid
Point to CR 669.
From CR 651 north to the Lakeshore northern boundary.