Empire Dune Bluffs to Glen Haven

Empire, Michigan

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The protected park lands of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore include two large islands and approximately 30 miles of mainland lakeshore. Lovely sand beaches and huge coastal sand dunes make this a great area for sea kayakers. Some of the dune bluffs are well over 400 feet high and plunge down to the lake at alarmingly steep angles. Many of the older dunes just inland from the coast have been covered with trees, producing high, rolling hills carpeted with a lush maple/beech forest. Wilderness camping is not allowed along the mainland coast, but excellent day trips are available to kayakers. To the north the Manitou Islands offer exceptional paddling, as well with a rich history, coastal dunes, shipwrecks, and beautiful forests. Several campsites are located on the water, and wilderness camping is allowed on North Manitou, making the Manitou Islands an ideal place for multiday trips. The 7–8-mile crossing to the islands is not to be taken lightly, so we strongly recommend that people take the ferry from Leland, which services both North and South Manitou Islands.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond (The Globe Pequot Press)

The protected park lands of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore include two large islands and approximately 30 miles of mainland lakeshore. Lovely sand beaches and huge coastal sand dunes make this a great area for sea kayakers. Some of the dune bluffs are well over 400 feet high and plunge down to the lake at alarmingly steep angles. Many of the older dunes just inland from the coast have been covered with trees, producing high, rolling hills carpeted with a lush maple/beech forest.

Wilderness camping is not allowed along the mainland coast, but excellent day trips are available to kayakers. To the north the Manitou Islands offer exceptional paddling, as well with a rich history, coastal dunes, shipwrecks, and beautiful forests. Several campsites are located on the water, and wilderness camping is allowed on North Manitou, making the Manitou Islands an ideal place for multiday trips. The 7–8-mile crossing to the islands is not to be taken lightly, so we strongly recommend that people take the ferry from Leland, which services both North and South Manitou Islands.

©  Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Empire
Distance: 7
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Day trip or partial day trip
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: NOAA 14912, USGS: Crystal Lake at 1:100,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Empire Dune Bluffs to Glen Haven

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