Entrance fee increase at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in new year

Starting on January 1, 2019, entrance fees at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will increase by $5. ( FILE photo)

BENZIE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- If you are planning on visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the upcoming new year, you may want to make sure you have enough money to buy a pass to get in!

In April, the National Park Services (NPS) announced that as part of the ongoing effort to address aging park infrastructure and improve visitor experiences, entrance fees at 117 NPS sites across the United State will be increasing by $5.

Starting January 1, the $5 increase will go into effect at the National Lakeshore.

Below are the current and new fees:

  • Park Entrance Pass- Per Private Vehicle - Current: $20/New: $25
  • Park Entrance Pass- Motorcycle - Current: $15/New: $20
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Annual Park Entrance Pass - Current: $40/New: $45
  • Per Person Entrance Pass - Current: $10/New: $15

Entrance and camping fees collected by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore have supported a wide range of projects that improve the park and visitor experiences, including:

  • Additional visitor programs throughout the year
  • Armoring the South Manitou Island shoreline to protect the Lighthouse Complex
  • Providing visitor facilities and services at Glen Haven Historic District
  • Renovating South Manitou Island Visitor Center and providing accessibility
  • Improving visitor information provided at beaches and trailheads
  • Evaluating forest pests and removing hazard trees
  • Maintenance and upkeep of Platte River and D. H. Day Campgrounds
  • Renovating the interpretive exhibit at the Dune Climb

Additional revenue from this fee increase will fund a wide variety of visitor projects, including:

  • Historic preservation work within the Port Oneida Rural Historic District
  • Improving trailheads and making them more accessible
  • Creating a mobile app specific to the National Lakeshore
  • Repairing the Empire Bluff Trail and its boardwalk
  • New wayside exhibits
  • Upgrading electrical service at Platte River Campground to accommodate electric vehicles

If you would like to see all the NPS sites that charge an entrance fee, check out the list on their website.

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