A Great Lakes cruise that showcases Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is available from the Sleeping Bear Dunes Boat Cruise company in Frankfort. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this park, it contains a large wilderness area along the northwestern shore of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The park itself is composed of some of the largest unspoiled sand dunes still in Michigan and is very scenic. The park is home to numbers of bear, eagles, deer and other native animals.

The cruise offered by Sleeping Bear Dunes Boat Cruise company begins in Frankfort, Michigan. Along the way, the ship passes by several lighthouses at Frankfort Harbor, Point Betsie and Empire. These small ports occupy one of the most charming and unspoiled shoreline areas that Northwestern Lower Michigan has to offer.

The ship that makes these Great Lakes cruises is called the “Miner’s Castle,” a name which appears to relate to a rock formation along another lakeshore area in Michigan’s upper peninsula. The Miner’s Castle is 68 feet long and will accommodate 149 people. This is a two deck ship. The lower deck is enclosed and the upper deck has open air seating. With this type of arrangement it may be wise to bring a wind breaker and perhaps an extra layer of clothing for underneath, depending on the weather and the time of year. The temperatures in this part of Michigan can range from 70 to the 90s during the summer and it can feel a little chillier near the lake.

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