SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE – EMPIRE, MICHIGAN
Welcome to one of the most beautiful natural areas in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Come and enjoy 35 miles of Lake Michigan's coastline, explore North and South Manitou Islands, and of course climb the dunes! As you look around, you'll see that you've chosen to visit a very unique corner of the United States. The Dunes offer visitors sightseeing and recreational and educational opportunities in all seasons of the year. In spring, summer and fall, swim and picnic at sugar sand beaches; canoe, kayak or tube on crystal-clear streams. Wintertime provides a much different view; snowshoe, cross country or downhill ski, snowboard or venture into the wilderness. Your only company will be the Dunes' year-round residents - its natural wildlife.
Because of the travel distance (about 6 hours from Chicago), this trip is planned for three nights from Thursday, May 20 through Sunday, May 23.
Please note that the group campground sites are considered rustic and do no have shower facilities on-site. I will be bringing a portable shelter and battery operated shower pump. In addition, no pets are allowed at the group campsites. The average highs and lows for this area in late May are in the 60’s during the day, but can get into the 40’s at night. We have a discussion posted on the site about cold weather camping, I suggest you consider this before you RSVP. This reservation is for 20 people and is a pre-pay event using Amazon Payments.
Link to the National Park Services website for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:
D.H. Day Group Campground
W. Harwood Drive
Empire, MI 49630
(Google Map search to S Dune Hwy and W Harwood Drive, Empire, MI)
Note that the D.H. Day Group Campground is located at a different location from the D.H. Day Campground. It is just north of the Dune Climb on M-109 (S Dune Hwy) then turn west on W Harwood Drive.
The cost per person for this event will be $25. Your fee includes:
- Group site fees
- Dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- Firewood for the weekend
- Miscellaneous plates, plastic flatware, cups, cooking fuel, etc
This event is pre-pay for you to be able to RSVP YES. If your plans change and you need to cancel, you must request a refund NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 14 AT 7:00 PM to receive a full refund. If you cancel after this time or are a no-show, you will lose your entire payment.
Please note that the automatic Waitlist does not work for pre-pay events, so if the event is full please just RSVP “No” and put the date and time you left the RSVP in the "comments".
Everyone should bring their own food for all lunches and snacks. All breakfasts and dinners are included in your fee. Complete details on meals will be sent to the group prior to the event. If you have any meal suggestions, you can email them to me. Please feel free to bring any side dishes, condiments, etc you would like to eat with meals. Although it is not required, if you are planning to bring something to share with the group, you may indicate this in your RSVP to minimize duplication. Also indicate in your RSVP if you are a vegetarian or have any food allergies so I can plan accordingly. ALL beverages - alcohol and non-alcohol - is BYOB.
Michigan State Park Vehicle Permits and Carpooling:
An entrance pass is required per vehicle at $8 per day or $29 annual for non-residents. The pass can be obtained at the visitor’s center, scenic drive or dune climb.
Due the distance of this trip, I highly suggest carpooling. If you are willing to carpool, please use the "comment" field in the RSVP and indicate where you are leaving from and how many you can take along in your car.
- There are No Pets Allowed on this camping trip
- Sleeping Bear Dunes is a 6 hour drive from Chicago and further from the north and west suburbs
- This is an adult only event. Please no children/teens.
I will be emailing final details about the group site, directions, and breakfast/dinner menu options the Monday before the event. In the meantime, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
- Melissa :-)