Veteran's Day Fee Free Day

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From Empire
Monday, November 11, 2019

Superintendent Scott Tucker is pleased to announce that Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be fee-free on Monday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. Come and enjoy your park during this special time of year and on this special fee-free day!

Many of the popular attractions at the National Lakeshore remain open during this time of year, including the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily), Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Dune Climb, and a hundred miles of hiking trails. The campgrounds at Platte River and D. H. Day also remain open for your camping enjoyment. Please note that the fee waiver does not apply to camping fees at the National Lakeshore. The Glen Haven blacksmith shop, general store, cannery boathouse museum, and Sleeping Bear Point maritime museum have closed for the season, but will re-open in the spring of 2020.

The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture began this annual fee waiver 13 years ago on Veterans Day. The fee waiver applies to entrance and/or standard amenity fees at public recreation lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service across the country.

Active duty members of the U.S. military and their dependents can also pick up a free Military Pass, which provides free entry to all 419 national parks for one year. Active duty members of the U.S. Release Date: October 31, 2019

For more information or questions, contact: 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

231-326-4700 phone


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.
military must show a current, valid military identification card (CAC card), and dependents of active
duty military must show a current, valid dependent identification card (DD Form 1173) to obtain their
pass. More information is available at

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