SK Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
August 21 -August 28
Trip Sponsor Jim Heichelbech
Trip Level L2/L3 (See Below)
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST. Jim Heichelbech
We will be camping at the Platte River Campground which is within the National Lakeshore. The campground appears spacious with an abundance of trees. Electric and non-electric sites are available and can best be explored/reserved on the Recreation.gov website. As always in Michigan, campsites will be competitive and only available for reservations 6 mos in advance, (for this trip, February 21st).
Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a 35 mi. stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The 71,187 acre park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also contains many cultural features.
Planned trips include excursions into lake Michigan, Platte Lake, Platte river and Loon Lake. We’ll select from our “bag of trips” based on weather, as we all know “the Lake is the Boss”. For those wishing to search the area online, our probable put in locations will be the coastguard station in DH Day national Lakeshore, the Big Platte Lake DNR boat ramp, and the El Dorado boat Launch and the Platte river Beach Parking area. For the adventurous and depending on weather, surfing could be an option. Topping things off, there are 100 miles of designated hiking trails, the paved 27 Mile Heritage Bike Trail, a ferry out to South Manitou Island and of course, the beautiful dunes and beaches.
Required Equipment: PFD, Sea kayaks 14’ or greater with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, pump/paddle float and safety equipment are required.
Registration: Register here and e-mail Jim Heichelbech with questions email@example.com