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Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Huron-Manistee National Forest, MI (Sep 30th - Oct 6th 2018)

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The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is the only designated wilderness on Michigan's lower peninsula and encompasses 3,450 acres of National Forest. The dunes were formed 3,500 to 4,000 years ago as winds swept exposed sand from the rising and falling Lake Michigan into a series of dunes that stand up to 140 feet high. It is part of the Ludington Dune Ecosystem which has the largest area of fresh water interdunal ponds in the world. These ponds, small water holes and marshes, decorate the area and along with the dune grass provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species. The area is interspersed with woody vegetation such as juniper, jack pine and hemlock. The wild sand beach along the lake varies from narrow to wide and is home to the Federally Endangered Piping Plover, a shore bird that nests on the ground in small cobbles.

Our service project with the Huron-Manistee National Forest is to help remove invasive knapweed, campsite restoration and trail maintenance on some of the approximately 14-miles of trail within the wilderness. We will set up camp at the Lake Michigan Recreation Area that borders the Wilderness Area directly to the north. On our free day we can hike and explore the dunes, search out wildlife or have a relaxing day on the beach.

This project is rated as a active project.

Check out more photos from previous Nordhouse Dunes trips in our gallery.


Sep 30th - Oct 6th 2018

Service Project

Invasive removal, campsite restoration, and trail maintenance.

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Free Days

Hike and explore the dunes, search out wildlife or have a relaxing day on the beach.


Tent and car camping in a designated campground.

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, lifting, digging, pulling, cutting.


Linda Ziesmer
Jerry Lehman

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