Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

 

 

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There are many beaches you can visit in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the beach along Good Harbor Bay is one of the many Lake Michigan beaches you can spend your time at!

 

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

 

 

 

 

Good Harbor Bay is a bay of Lake Michigan.

 

 

Cost to visit Good Harbor Bay Beach

The beach is officially a part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

It’s listed at the beach that this is a National Park Service “fee area” and that a pass is “required.”

There’s no one actively monitoring the beaches of the Good Harbor Bay area (as in, no park rangers are posted for entry) 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 (it’s a 30 minute drive from Good Harbor Bay), or you can make your payment at the self-pay stations that are located throughout the park. There is one of these pay stations at Good Harbor Bay.

 

Good Harbor Bay beach cost of sleeping bear dunes beaches. michigan travel blog

 

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

 

 

Things to do near Good Harbor Bay

aka ideas for planning out a perfect day in Sleeping Bear Dunes that includes a Lake Michigan beach!
  • Pyramid Point
  • Port Oneida rural historic district
  • Bay View farm trail
  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
  • DH Day campground

 

1. Pyramid Point Trail

Things to do near Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor bay to pyramid point. michigan travel blog

 

Pyramid Point will offer you stunning views of Lake Michigan from above.

If you want to make it a “hike + beach” kind of day when you’re in the northern area of Sleeping Bear Dunes, you can make it a hike to Pyramid Point, and then drive around 15 minutes to Good Harbor Bay!

 

 

2. Port Oneida rural historic district

Things to do near Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor bay to port oneida rural historic district. michigan travel blog

 

If you’re coming up from the south through Sleeping Bear Dunes, you’ll naturally start driving through Port Oneida rural historic district on M-22.

 

 

3. Bay View farm trail

Things to do near Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor bay to bay view farm trail. michigan travel blog

 

If you want to make it a hike + beach kind of day, and you want to include history to go along with it, then you can hike the Bay View farm trail that will take you past an old farm. 

 

 

4. Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Things to do near Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor bay to port oneida rural historic district. michigan travel blog

 

You can also make it a “bike + beach” hike of day! Before you head off for the beach, stop for a bike ride along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail!

Also along the way on M-22, you’ll find the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail that’s best known as a biking trail, and you can use it as a walking trail too. Bring your bike, and you can stop at one of the Port Oneida parking areas and start riding along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

This trail actually starts further south in Sleeping Bear Dunes, so you can pick any number of spots to ride the trail.

 

 

5. DH Day campground

The Sleeping Bear Dunes campground that’s the closest to Good Harbor Bay is DH Day campground. This is a campground for tent camping and RV camping that is located about a 20 minute drive from Good Harbor Bay. For another Lake Michigan beach, there’s a beach trail directly from the campground.

 

Things to do near Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor bay to dh day campground. michigan travel blog

Things to do near Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor bay to dh day campground. michigan travel blog

 

 

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And now…

More PHOTOS of Good Harbor Bay beach!

There are 2 roads that lead to Good Harbor Bay:

  • County Road 669 (South Bohemian Road, western side of the bay)
  • County Road 651 (Good Harbor Trail, eastern side of the bay)

These roads are a turn off of one of the main roads (M-22) that goes through Sleeping Bear Dunes.

S Bohemian Road (County Road 669 beach) was closed for construction when I went in summer 2020, so pictures below are of the County Road 651 beach.

Once you make the final turn onto the county road that leads to Good Harbor Bay, you’ll drive the road to the very end where you’ll find the parking lot!

 

County Road to Good Harbor Bay beach. M-22. northern michigan travel blog

County Road to Good Harbor Bay beach. M-22. northern michigan travel blog

County Road to Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor trail. northern michigan travel blog

County Road to Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor trail. northern michigan travel blog

County Road to Good Harbor Bay beach. good harbor trail. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach parking lot. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach trail from parking lot. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach parking lot. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

 

In the parking lot area, there was a fountain for drinking water and foot rinsing station (with water that may or may not work for both), along with some picnic tables and “wildlife-proof” trash cans.

 

Good Harbor Bay beach drinking water. michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach outdoor shower foot rinsing station. michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach picnic tables. michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach wildlife proof trash cans. michigan travel blog

 

And then you’ll take the short trail to the Good Harbor Bay beach!

 

Good Harbor Bay beach trail to lake michigan beach. michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach trail to lake michigan beach. michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road 651 beach. northern michigan travel blog

 

 

 

And…

Be safe when swimming at a Lake Michigan beach!

Lake Michigan swimming beach in sleeping bear dunes. Good Harbor Bay beach. northern michigan travel blog

 

In some ways, the Great Lakes can act like an ocean. Rip currents are a thing in the Great Lakes, including in Lake Michigan. Know before you go, just in case!

 

Lake Michigan swimming beach in sleeping bear dunes. Good Harbor Bay beach. northern michigan travel blog

 

 

And that’s a bit about making a visit to Good Harbor Bay Beach and the area!

 

More Lake Michigan beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes:

 

Also see some of the great hikes in Sleeping Bear Dunes, including hikes to a Lake Michigan beach!

 

More Lake Michigan beaches in Michigan:

 

Also see Lake Superior beaches in Michigan’s other national lakeshore!

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

 

HAPPY VISIT TO GOOD HARBOR BAY BEACH!

 

Good Harbor Bay beach, Lake Michigan in sleeping bear dunes. county road beach. things to do near glen arbor beaches. northern michigan travel blog

 

 

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