Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Nature & Wildlife in Sleeping Bear Dunes

Plants

The vegetation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is as varied as is the habitat and weather of the park. Plants growing in the sandy dunes and beaches have adaptations for surviving the extremes of hot, dry conditions, wind and blowing sand. Plants such as sea rocket have ...

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Animals

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is a wonderful assortment of habitat types scattered along the shores of Lake Michigan. Wildlife representative of Michigan in times past can be found during a drive, a hike, a camping trip, or a canoe trip around a small inland lake. Mammals such as ...

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Natural World

Congress recognized the importance of the natural features of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area of Michigan in establishing the National Lakeshore in 1970. "Be it enacted…That the Congress finds that certain outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena, exist along the mainland shore ...

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Geology

Rivers and Streams There are 2 small rivers and 2 creeks that flow within the Lakeshore.  The Platte and Crystal Rivers are favorite canoe, kayak, and inner tube rivers for families and groups.  Shalda and Otter Creeks are small streams that are favorites for fishing and viewing beaver, otter, and ...

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