Congress authorized Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on October 21, 1970. The Lakeshore includes about 35 miles of the Lake Michigan coast, not far from Traverse City, Michigan. It also includes the North and South Manitou Islands.
Photo: Mike Habeck.
Aside from the spectacular dunes, beaches, and generally stunning setting, the Lakeshore is important habitat for Bald Eagles and serves as a nesting site for the endangered Piping Plover.