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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI (Sep 17th - Sep 23rd 2017)

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located near Empire in Michigan's Lower Peninsula has been called the best nature escape in the midwest with 65 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan coastline. Sleeping Bear Dunes is as old as the continental ice sheets and as young as the 1970 Establishment Act that set aside the Lakeshore for preservation of the natural resources and for public use. The most prominent features, and those for which the park is named, are the perched dunes above Lake Michigan. These immense sand dunes are “perched” atop the already towering headlands that are glacial moraines. The dune overlooks at the Sleeping Bear, Empire and Pyramid Point bluffs are about 400 feet above Lake Michigan.

Our project will be in the newly designated Wilderness Area of North Manitou Island. Our week will begin with a Forest Service boat ride six miles to the remote North Manitou Island. We will then unload our gear and set up our basecamp for the week along the shores of Lake Michigan at a designated tent camping area. Our service project will be to help the park service to clear the many miles of overgrown trail in this newly designated Wilderness. We will be clearing down trees using hand saws and crosscut saws and clearing brush from the trails path. Much work needs to be done to get this newly designated area up to standards! This is the first attempt of a long range plan to clear the island's trails with traditional tools. Goal is to develop an annual trip in late may to clear 50+ trees from the island's 35 miles of trails. Come give something back by making sure this land stays accessible and protected in Wilderness Volunteers first trip to this island!

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Join us on our first trip to this spectacular area!


Sep 17th - Sep 23rd 2017

Service Project

Trail maintenance

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Free Days

Explore the dunes, play in Lake Michigan, relax on the beach, go on a day hike around the island


designated campground with bathrooms

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Bending, lopping, sawing, cutting, hauling, long day hikes


Walter Mah
Bill Goolsby

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