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sportroyalwulf posted 07-21-2003 11:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for sportroyalwulf   Send Email to sportroyalwulf  
Has anyone traveled out to South Manitou island of the sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore. Do they allow you to anchor off shore and hike etc. I went out there on a ferry some years ago and am thinking about taking the bw out on a day trip. Any info would be helpful


lhg posted 07-21-2003 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
South Manitou Island is one of the most beautiful places on the Great Lakes, with towering sand dunes on it's western shore. Sometimes they will let you tie up at the main dock, otherwise you can anchor near the dock where it's protected, and wade ashore. It's part of the Sleeping Bear National Seashore, and well run by the rangers.

The hike across the island, and up the back side of the dunes to the top, ends in an absolutely spectacular "moonscape" on the large plateau at the top of the dunes.
Don't even think about going down the steep face to the water. You won't be able to climb back up. The dunes are about 700ft high.

Andy Holmes posted 07-21-2003 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
I'm interested also. Haven't been over there, but I understand you can take the ferry over and camp, etc. When were you thinking about going over?
David T posted 07-22-2003 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for David T    
Last time I was there you could tie up to the ferry dock as long as you were off when the ferry came.

The harbor is pretty deep, but there are spots to anchor close to shore, there is also a shelf about 2/3 of the way from the lighthouse to gull point.

There is a grounded wreck of a freighter on the south end of the island - pretty cool.

Beaver Island farther north is also worth a visit - there are a few B&Bs if you don't want to rough it. Penty of places to explore by boat on some of the nearby islands - High and Garden in particular.

Leelanau posted 07-22-2003 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Leelanau  Send Email to Leelanau     
If you're headed my way drop me an e-mail, I do the Islands 3-4 times a month in the summer, they're well worth the trip.

South Manitou is 12 miles west of Leland, 30 minute docking to get a map and visitor pass (required), camping on South is limited to designated areas, North Isle is wide open.

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