Warm, sunny weather and a flurry of national attention lead to a record-setting June at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Nearly 260,000 people visited the park last month. That toppled a previous record of 199,000 visitors set in June 1999.
“It was 25 percent higher than even our previous record June, and about 50-some percent higher than our average,” says park Deputy Superintendent Tom Ulrich.
“We’ve had nice, hot beach weather and this is a beach park,” he says. “When we have good, hot weather, that’s when our numbers boom because this is a fantastic place to come and cool off, you know, 35 miles of mainland shoreline.
“And I was out at the beach yesterday. It was fantastic.”
If the beach weather stays, Ulrich says Sleeping Bear is on track for a record year of visits.
The park has been bolstered in the past year by accolades from Good Morning America, National Geographic Traveler and Blogger Dr. Beach.