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A Winter Beach Walk at Good Harbor, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan

Posted by Jody on March 6, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer/Photographer is Beth Dole:

Sleeping Bear Dunes in Northern Michigan has wonderful beaches, and few ever get out to explore their winter beauty. This week Good Harbor beach made national news for a peculiar formation of ice balls on the beach (see last picture).  I couldn’t wait to get out there and check them out, but by the time the weekend rolled around the dynamic beach had of course changed. Now it was frozen sand and ice, with frozen ice balls. The beach was icy enough one could ice skate on it, the rocks were frozen solid with great ice formations to explore.

Winter Wonderland at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter Wonderland at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

My advice to all is to visit the beach all year round, winter can be delightful on the beach.

Winter in Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Beacr Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Beacr Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Beacr Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Beacr Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Beacr Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Beacr Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes (Photo by Beth Dole)

Ice Balls (Photo by Leda Jo)

Ice Balls (Photo by Leda Jo)

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in Northwestern Lower Michigan along the shores of Lake Michigan. The Visitor Center is in Empire, MI about 25 miles from Traverse City. Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. Sleeping Bear Dunes is as old as continental ice sheets and as young as the 1970 Establishment Act that set aside the Lakeshore for preservation of the natural resources and for public use. The most prominent features, and those for which the park is named, are the perched dunes above Lake Michigan. These immense sand dunes are “perched” atop the already towering headlands that are glacial moraines. The dune overlooks at the Sleeping Bear, Empire and Pyramid Point bluffs are about 400 feet above Lake Michigan. With 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and streams, the park is wonderfully water oriented.

About the Author: Beth Dole is the mom of two teenagers, avid outdoors person, loves the beach, can be found hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, kayaking in the north country when not writing blogs about heart disease. 

A couple more helpful links:

The Official Website of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau

Traverse City.com

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Please stop by and visit Beth at her very informative and helpful blog: Rehabilitate Your Heart.

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Just a note: Beth, you are so right! Any time of year is the perfect season for a trip to the beach. Your photos are absolutely wonderful! Many, many thanks for sharing your beautiful, beachy part of the world with us! ~Jody

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30 Responses to “A Winter Beach Walk at Good Harbor, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan”

  1. Maryanne said

    I love the beach all year round too. Skipped this year for the first time because of the hurricane, it’s just too depressing. My husband and I even take long weekend trips to the beach in the winter. It’s so fun when it’s all quiet. It’s a whole new world.

  2. ehkstream said

    Sleeping Bear is a wonderful place in all seasons, it was my home turf for many years. These ice formations are familiar, the sand laden coatings and wind twirled icicles. Kayaking in Good Harbor was a favorite pastime, gliding over fields of glacial boulders looming eerily underneath, seeming to be within arms reach in the clear water yet a fathom or more below. Thanks for this excellent pictorial!

    • Jody said

      What a beautiful place to live! & Beth really did a bang up job! I just want to hop on a plane and head to Sleeping Bear Dunes right now!!
      ~ Please feel free to share your beachy experiences with us too! We’d love to see and experience as many beaches as possible!

      • ehkstream said

        Can do Jody, though my times there were before digital cameras and I have few pictures. I do have a couple of now humorous fotos when I had a friend and her !4 megapixel! Sony (the ones with the floppy discs) camera recorded my newly completed totem pole at Good Harbor beach. I’ll dig them up…

      • Jody said

        :-) If you cannot find them specifically… any beach will soothe our souls! ~Thank much

  3. Awesome photos!

  4. diggingher said

    What amazing pictures, I’ve never seen anything like it!

  5. kiwiskan said

    Amazing photos. You won’t find these on New Zealand beaches

  6. Wow very cool photos

  7. What extraordinary pics! Some of them look a bit sci-fi – not a place to park your beach chair, just in case…

  8. Sonia said

    This is so fascinating!

  9. lynnwyvill said

    Love these photos. I love the beach in winter, but it is so cold! Thanks for sharing. i

  10. tosid01 said

    WOW! AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! I must visit this place sometime! Amazing Pics! I am going to Press this, if I do it right! My absolute Favorite is the 4th to the last! I call it “Pebbles Frozen in time” LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  11. kara said

    it’s scaary :s
    great photos nonetheless!

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