Cannery Boathouse Museum

Glen Haven Beach

A wide enough strip of a beach with very calm waters. Not crowded and provides an idyllic day by the lake.

Dune Climb

The Dune Climb

This was often talked about in reviews and travel sites. The climb proved to be more challenging than I expected. The top provides access to hiking paths that makeup the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The terrain is for the most part sandy hills and sparse trees. The Steep Bluff is a few miles to the east and not visible. Nevertheless the area provides great views of Glen Lake

Pierce Stocking Scenic Dr, Empire, MI 49630, USA

The Steep Bluff

Taken from the lookout point along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The Manitou islands and Glen Lake are visible from a distance. It is possible to head down and reach the lakeshore but it’s a steep climb and takes more than an hour to get back to the top! This access point provides a great view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes


Dinner at Apache Trout Grill

Dinner by the bay. Fantastic menu and great for afternoon drinks prior to a meal. This restaurant is a walk-in so coming in early is highly recommended

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

This was a short trail, possibly 5 miles when one walks on the outermost roads circling the lake. The path we took was mostly paved about 3miles nearer the shoreline. Our walk was interrupted every now and then by bikers, runners and skateboarders. The walk is without trees on the path, ideal for early mornings or late afternoon strolls. Nevertheless, the area had a small patch of beach, a children’s playground and a cafe where you can see some coys swim. There is also a facility to rent paddle boats and an event center.

Overall a good place to spend a lazy Sunday