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Sleeping Bear Dunes - Michigan

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

The Legend of the Sleeping Bear Dunes that was passed down by the Anishinaabe people is that one of the dunes resembled a mother bear sleeping. Another story tells of a mother bear and her cubs that left the area to find food and swam across Lake Michigan 10 Miles from shore the cubs grew tired and drowned. The mother bear made it to shore and kept watch over where her cubs had died. The two islands are said to represent the two cubs and the dune the mother bear.

The Dune Trail is a 3.5 mile round trip walk on the dunes to Lake Michigan. It took us about 4 hours to complete the trail. The dunes are steep and the trail to Lake Michigan is strenuous. Make sure that you have plenty of water and sturdy shoes.

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