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There are many Lake Michigan beaches you can visit in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and Glen Haven Beach is one of them! 

 

Glen Haven Beach - Best Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore, in Michigan. Northern Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach path - Best Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Best Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Best Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Best Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Best Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. Michigan travel blog

 

Glen Haven Beach history information. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

There is easy access to the beach, and it’s at the end of a historic village in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

 

Parking

There is a parking lot directly next to the beach.

 

Glen Haven Beach parking lot. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach parking lot to beach path. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

If the parking lot is full, people park along the side of the road that leads to Sleeping Bear Point.

 

Glen Haven Beach street parking. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach street parking to beach. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach street parking to beach path. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

 

Cost to visit Glen Haven Beach

The beach (and the historic village) is officially a part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

Glen Haven Beach in Glen Haven Historic Village - National Park Service sign. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. Michigan travel blog

 

It’s listed near the beach that an “entrance permit is required.” There’s no one actively monitoring the Glen Haven Beach area but it’s still a good thing to have a Sleeping Bear Dunes park pass or another kind of national park pass when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

You can get a park pass at the Sleeping Bear Dunes visitor center (15 minute drive from the beach), or there are a number of self-pay stations throughout the park, including at the Maritime Museum that’s down the road from the beach.

In 2020, a one week pass is $25. See current fees here, where you can also buy your pass online.

 

 

Things to do near Glen Haven Beach

aka ideas for planning out a perfect day in Sleeping Bear Dunes that includes a Lake Michigan beach!

Note in summer 2020 the museums and buildings are closed due to health safety reasons. You can still walk around the grounds to look around, but you can’t go inside. Check the National Park Service website for current updates.

 

 

1. Cannery Boat Museum (Glen Haven canning company)

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven Canning Company cannery museum. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

This is a historic site. If you’ve been doing research on your Sleeping Bear Dunes visit, you may have seen it. This is located practically right at the beach and you can’t miss it.

 

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven Canning Company cannery museum. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven Canning Company cannery museum. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven Canning Company cannery museum. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven Canning Company cannery museum. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven Canning Company cannery museum. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven Canning Company cannery museum. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

It’s a landmark to know the location of the Glen Haven beach!

 

 

2. Glen Haven historic village

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven historic village. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

You can walk down a street in Glen Haven village that has historic buildings that have been preserved so you can learn about the history of what the area used to be. You’ll pass this as you’re driving to the beach so you can’t miss it.

 

Driving to Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven historic village. getting there. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach near Glen Haven historic village. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

The beach is basically at the end of the road of this street.

 

 

3. Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Glen Haven Beach to Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. bike, biking. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail extends for around 20 miles and there are many spots that you can pick it up, including near Glen Haven Beach.

A common activity is to ride a bike along the trail. So bring your bike along on your trip, and ride the trail from Glen Haven for a few miles! Then, you can head to the beach after your bike workout!

 

 

4. Maritime Museum (US Life Saving Service)

Glen Haven Beach to Maritime Museum, US life saving service station, US coast guard. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

The Maritime Museum is about a 2 minute drive from the beach. This is another historic site. This was run by what would have been considered the US Coast Guard of the time. There is beach access here as well.

 

Glen Haven Beach to Maritime Museum beach, US life saving service station, US coast guard. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach to Maritime Museum beach, US life saving service station, US coast guard. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

Depending on how many people are at Glen Haven Beach, you may try the beach at the museum too. This will likely be a quieter beach, especially if the museum is closed.

 

 

5. Sleeping Bear Point Trail

Glen Haven Beach to Sleeping Bear Point Trail hike, hiking trail. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

Make it a hike and beach day! Sleeping Bear Point is just past the Maritime Museum, so maybe it’s a 3-4 minute drive from Glen Haven Beach.

This trail will be a hike across sand dunes with grand views of Lake Michigan. If the full loop seems like a bit much for you, at least start on it so you can get those grand views. That will be the first part of the trail.

There is also beach access here, but you’ll be hiking to the beach, maybe 10-15 minutes across sand from the parking lot. There are no beach facilities here.

 

Glen Haven Beach to Sleeping Bear Point beach. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach to Sleeping Bear Point beach. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach to Sleeping Bear Point beach. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach to Sleeping Bear Point beach. Things to do in/near Glen Haven. Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan travel blog

 

So you can go for a hike, and then follow it up with beach time at either here or Glen Haven Beach! Perfect day!

 

 

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And now…

More PHOTOS of Glen Haven Beach!

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

Glen Haven Beach - Lake Michigan beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. Michigan travel blog

 

And that’s a bit about making a visit to Glen Haven Beach and the area!

 

See the list of more Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes!

See the best of Sleeping Bear Dunes.

 

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Plus, see the best of Michigan’s national lakeshores.

 

HAPPY VISIT TO GLEN HAVEN BEACH!

 

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