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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan welcomes you and your pets to enjoy the park together. Hugging the shore of Lake Michigan, the park offers miles of sand beach, lush forests, inland lakes, and towering bluffs offering incredible views.

A small percentage of the park is closed to pets, because this is a nesting area for piping plovers. Only 70 breeding pairs of these endangered birds are left in the wild, and one third of them nest at the Lakeshore. For their protection, signs clearly indicate areas where pets can and cannot go.

Take US-31, US-131, US-27 to M-115 & M-37, I-75 and M-72 North to Traverse City, then west on M-72 to the Village of Empire. You will see the Visitor Center as you enter Empire on your right.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Northwestern Lower Michigan along the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan, Empire, MI 49630

(231) 326-5134

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Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on certain beaches, but are not permitted on beaches where Piping Plovers are nesting, on South Manitou Island, North Manitou Island, or on the Dune Climb.

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