Sleeping Bear Dunes delaying seasonal opening of several facilities

Posted at 4:28 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 16:43:43-04

EMPIRE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is delaying the seasonal opening of several park facilities to remain in guidance with CDC guidance regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

The facilities that will delay opening until July 1 include:

  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
  • D.H. Day Campground
  • D.H. Day Group Campground
  • Platte River Campground
  • White Pine Campground
  • South Manitou Island campgrounds and operations (including restrooms and lighthouse)
  • North Manitou Island camping and operations (including restrooms)
  • Glen Haven (Cannery Boat Museum, Blacksmith Shop, and D.H. Day Exhibit)
  • Sleeping Bear Point US Lifesaving Service Station

Other facilities, such as the visitor center, Dune Climb, restrooms, trails and picnic areas, will open sooner than July 1 if "if public health guidance allows," officials say.

"The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is our number one priority," Park officials said. "The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website."

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