Leelanau News and Events

Visitors To Sleeping Bear Dunes Surpass 1.7M Mark In 2020

By Emily Tyra | Jan. 6, 2021

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore already set a record for the highest number of annual visitors in the park’s history back in November, when it counted 1,697,940 year-to-date recreation visitors, surpassing its previous annual record set in 2016 (1,683,553 visitors).

Now, with the monthly visitor statistics for December just in (the Lakeshore saw 20,756 guests last month) the park’s grand total for visitors in 2020 is 1,718,696.

As park service staff shared in a Facebook post, “Despite challenging circumstances, we were able to kick off our 50th anniversary celebrations (to be continued!), present Distance Learning programs in schools across the state and the country, and provide a much-needed outdoor respite for visitors.

Now to see how many people will bask in Sleeping Bear's beauty in the year ahead: the new 2021 pass is now available online and at the Visitor Center in Empire; the Lakeshore is kicking off its 2021 season with the hashtags #SleepingBear50 and #51isthenew50

Photo via Sleeping Bear Dunes Ntional Lakeshore.


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