Sleeping Bear Dunes closes campgrounds, restrooms due to coronavirus

From staff reports

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 23, 2020, the Platte River Campground, White Pine Campground and National Lakeshore restrooms are closed until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, all park trails and beaches will remain open to provide healthy options for the public.

The Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire remains closed until further notice.

The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the Park’s number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The Park will notify the public when full operations resume.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on Please check for specific details about park operations.