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LIST: Areas where pets are allowed in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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EMPIRE, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- You might be wanting to bring your furry friend with you on your next trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Like most activities within the National Lakeshore, there are some rules and regulations that apply to having a pet with you.

The National Lakeshore says violation of these rules could result in receiving a federal Violation Notice (ticket) which includes a fine and a possible appearance in federal court.

Leashed pets are allowed on these beaches:

  • From Platte River Campground / Railroad Grade trail north to Peterson Road.
  • From Esch Road north to the Lakeshore boundary (south of Empire).
  • From Peterson Road south to Old Railroad Grade Trail/Platte Campground Trail.
  • 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 (west of Glen Arbor).
  • From the Lakeshore boundary north of Glen Arbor around Pyramid Point to CR 669.
  • From CR 651 north to the Lakeshore northern boundary.
  • Glen Lake Picnic Area

These are the no pet areas in the National Lakeshore:

  • The Dune Climb
  • Maritime Museum grounds
  • North Bar Lake
  • Platte Point Beach
  • White Pine and Valley View backcountry campsites
  • All group campsites
  • North and South Manitou Island (all pets, including hunting dogs). Trained aid dogs accompanying the blind or hearing impaired are permitted.
  • Any other areas where "NO PETS" signs are posted after a determination by the Superintendent that a specific conflict exists requiring such a closure.

Pets are prohibited at the following designated cross-country ski trails during the periods of December 1 through March 31:

  • Old Indian
  • Platte Plains Trail System (including Bass Lake, Otter Creek, and Lasso Loop Trails)
  • Windy Moraine
  • Scenic Drive Ski Trail (seasonal trail system)
  • Shauger Hill
  • Alligator Hill
  • Bay View
  • Good Harbor Bay
  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Sleeping Bear Dunes has the following regulations for pets:

  • Pets must be controlled on a 6-foot leash at all times.
  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
  • Do not allow your pet to make unreasonable noise.
  • Clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.
  • Keep your pets from interacting with wildlife or disturbing visitors.

The National Lakeshore says pets can be a hazard for the Lakeshore's piping plovers. Only 70 breeding pairs of these endangered birds are left in the wild, and one third of them nest at the Lakeshore. The Lakeshore asks that you please keep your pets away from the birds and their nests. Dogs running near nesting sites, even if leashed, can frighten birds causing them to stop incubating eggs or abandon nests. Unleashed dogs may harm nests, eggs, or chicks.

For more information on pets in Sleeping Bear Dunes, CLICK HERE.




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