A U.S. national lakeshore located in Northern Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes encompasses miles of sand dunes and the North Manitou and South Manitou islands. Situated along the shores of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes provides a gorgeous and peaceful respite for nature lovers. Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions before your visit to this national lakeshore.
Cougars have been spotted in the area, though they are endangered. If you encounter a cougar during your visit, do NOT run. Instead, stand your ground and make yourself as large and intimidating as possible by extending your arms, making eye contact, and speaking loudly.
Be sure to check yourself often for deer ticks, both during and after your visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes, as they are common in the area and can cause dangerous diseases. Be sure to wear bug spray as an added precaution against deer ticks and other insects.
Sand dunes can be strenuous to climb up and can cause rocks and debris to fall down below you on your way down. Bring plenty of water and keep an eye out for anyone walking below you on the dunes to avoid harming them with your residual debris.
Cell phone coverage isn’t always reliable in this area, so make sure you have a physical map with you and familiarize yourself with your route before heading out. Follow the marked hiking trails when exploring in this area.
Bring a pair of sturdy hiking shoes with you for the forested trails in the area, and don’t forget a pair of flip flops or sandals to protect your feet on the hot sandy dunes and at the beach.