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Travel to Glen Arbor: COVID-19 Info

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Content on this page updated on Oct. 22nd

Every person has the responsibility to protect themselves and others by adhering to orders and recommendations. As you plan to travel again, we hope the following information will help as you plan to visit Glen Arbor and travel the surrounding area of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County, MI.

Code of Travel/Relocation

Whether you’re recreating out of doors or visiting a local business, please use local social distancing recommendations and other precautions such as gloves, sanitizing/hand washing or wearing a mask to keep others safe.

Michigan’s Governor signed a new executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases. READ THE EXECUTIVE ORDER requiring mask wearing in public, with a few exceptions.

Masks, bandanas or gators may be available for purchase at the following locations: CoastalNorthwoods HardwareGlen Arbor ArtisansCottage Book Shop

Businesses Open: Retail businesses, restaurants and offices have been permitted to reopen. However, with effects of this year, plus the busier travel season coming to a close, please contact individual restaurants and retailers to see who’s open and what their current hours and offerings are.

STATE OF MICHIGAN: For more Coronavirus info for the State of Michigan, click here.

“Shop small, eat local and recreate responsibly.”

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Glen Arbor businesses are working hard and going above and beyond to stay open, while taking extra precautions to serve customers.

Browse our local businesses by category, find places to stay and other service providers in our BUSINESS DIRECTORY.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Heritage Trail maps by dune climb

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Lakeshore) has increased recreational access to park facilities. Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the Lakeshore is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.


the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, lobby and restrooms open 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily;
all campgrounds and camping, offices open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily;
park trails and trailheads
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
beaches, lakes, rivers
picnic areas
parking areas
boat launches
Dune Climb
vault toilets
full-service restrooms

Limited Openings:

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Glen Haven museums
Maritime Museum boathouse


Maritime Museum keeper’s quarters
South Manitou Island museums &

Recreate Responsibly

Please recreate responsibly so you can protect yourself, us, and our resources.

“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount,” said superintendent Scott Tucker. “Our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure we comply with current public health guidance. It is very important for everyone to follow CDC guidance for physical distancing and face coverings in order to continue the progress that has been made so we can keep these facilities open.”

This marks the 50th year of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

The Leelanau Conservancy

All of the Leelanau Conservancy natural areas remain open to the public.

“Engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.” Be aware and hike at your own risk.

Before hitting the trails: If you ride, please be cautious. Help us keep the trails open by following these simple but crucial rules:

-Maintain proper social distancing at parking areas and on the trails

-If the parking lot appears busy, please try again later or another day

-Ride with extra care and safety

-Don’t linger in parking areas or at trailheads

Please note: no restroom facilities are available at this time.

Check out the mountain bike trail and hiking trails at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve.

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