7 Best Places to Camp While Visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes

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"Camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes is the perfect way to stay near the national lakeshore. You’ll have access to epic views from atop the 450-foot dunes, and the surrounding area is full of history and excitement. There are many outdoor activities you can partake in during your visit."

What Is Sleeping Bear Dunes?

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes. The dunes stretch for miles on bluffs that rise 450 feet above the lake. The area also comprises forests, inland waterways, flora, and wildlife

How Long Does It Take to Climb Up Sleeping Bear Dunes?

It depends on your skill level, but it can take 20 minutes to an hour to climb one of the massive dunes. There are smaller dunes that take a shorter time to climb. While getting to the top provides incredible views, don’t fret if it’s too challenging. Doing a small climb and sinking your feet in the sand can be satisfying.

Are There Bears in Sleeping Bear Dunes?

Yes, black bears live in the area. Although they keep to themselves, you may be lucky enough to get a glimpse. Remember to put your food away when camping, as they enjoy searching for snacks.

North Manitou Island

The small Village Campground on North Manitou Island is primitive, with eight sites, two fire rings, and an outhouse. Only two tents and four people can camp on a site. You can also camp in the wilderness area, but you can’t start open fires. You must obtain a backcountry permit to hike and camp on the island.

Indigo Bluffs RV Park & Resort

Indigo Bluffs RV Park and Resort have lots for any RV type and particular paved sites for Class A motorhomes and 5th wheels longer than 30 feet. Campsites are full hookups with some pull-thru sites. The RV Park has a heated pool, WiFi, a bathhouse, laundry facilities, a dump station, and trailer and boat storage.

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