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Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Sleeping Bear Dunes Michigan

  • August 20, 2023
  • August 27, 2023
  • Platte River Campground SBD National Lakeshore

SK Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore    August 20 -August 27

Trip Sponsor Jim Heichelbech

This trip is closed however, if you would like to participate, please email the trip sponsor and we will put you on a wait list. 

Trip Level L2/L3 (See Below)

We will be camping at the Platte River Campground which is within the National Lakeshore and known to be one of the nicest National Park Campground in the country. 

Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a 35 mi. stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The 71,187 acre park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also contains many cultural features.

Planned trips include excursions into lake Michigan, Platte Lake, Platte river and Loon Lake. We’ll select from our “bag of trips” based on weather, as we all know “the Lake is the Boss”. For those wishing to search the area online, our probable put in locations will be the coastguard station in DH Day national Lakeshore, the Big Platte Lake DNR boat ramp, and the El Dorado boat Launch and the Platte river Beach Parking area.  For the adventurous and depending on weather, surfing could be an option. Topping things off, there are 100 miles of designated hiking trails, the paved 27 Mile Heritage Bike Trail, a ferry out to South Manitou Island and of course, the beautiful dunes and beaches.

Required Equipment:  PFD, Sea kayaks 14’ or greater with spray skirts, fore and aft bulkheads, full perimeter deck lines, pump/paddle float and safety equipment are required. 

Registration:   Register here and e-mail Jim Heichelbech with questions

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