Empire Dune Bluffs to Glen Haven

Empire, Michigan 49630

Empire Dune Bluffs to Glen Haven

Empire Dune Bluffs to Glen Haven Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Day trip or partial day trip
Spring to fall, weather permitting
NOAA 14912, USGS: Crystal Lake at 1:100,000
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Jul 2018