Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park climbEnjoy the Dunes Fee-Free on National Trails Day

Did you know there are several fee-free dates each year at over 100 National Parks? It just so happens this weekend is one of them. So there’s no better time to get out and explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

2010 Fee Free Days

  • April 17-25, 2010 (National Park Week)
  • June 5 & 6, 2010 (National Trails Day)
  • August 14 & 15, 2010
  • September 25, 2010 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010 (Veterans Day)

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tour, concession, and fees collected by thrid parties are not included unless stated otherwise.


My son’s class took a field trip last week to see a beaver lodge located inside the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, near Otter Creek. We first stopped at the visitor’s center to learn about the Park and explore the exhibits. If you haven’t been to the Sleeping Bear Dunes visitor’s center in Empire I’d highly recommend it, whether you’re a first time park visitor or a regular. They have wonderful books for sale about northern Michigan wildlife, wildflowers and even tips on hunting morels. And their exhibits include examples of the trees, flowers and animals that call Sleeping Bear home. Take the time to watch their movie presentation if you have a chance. It’s full of stunning photography of this beautiful landscape in every season.


I hope you’ll take advantage of a fee-free day this year and explore the beauty in our backyard.