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Nordhouse Dunes

W Forest Trail Rd, Manistee, Michigan 49660 USA

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Thu 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
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“formed 3,500 to 4,000 years”

The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is the only Federally designated wilderness in Michigan's lower peninsula and encompasses 3,450 acres of National Forest. Nordhouse Dunes is part of the Ludington Dune Ecosystem, which also includes Lake Michigan Recreation Area, and Ludington State Park. The dunes were formed 3,500 to 4,000 years ago and stand up to 140 feet high. Ludington Dune Ecosystem has the largest area of fresh water interdunal ponds in the world. The interdunal ponds, small water holes and marshes, decorate the area. Dune grass covers many of the dunes and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species. The Nordhouse Dunes are interspersed with woody vegetation such as juniper, jack pine and hemlock. Plant life is varied and includes the Federally Endangered Pitcher's Thistle. The sand beach along the lake varies from narrow to wide and is home to the Federally Endangered Piping Plover, a shore bird that nests on the ground in small cobbles. The wilderness area is popular for hiking, camping, hunting, nature study and wildlife viewing. There are approximately 10-miles of trail that can be accessed from 2 developed trailheads at the end of Nurnberg Road and Lake Michigan Recreation Area.

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Natalie Akers

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November 15, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is incredible! So private yet still a beach and very accessible. Park deep and hike or north and walk down

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Nordhouse Dunes

W Forest Trail Rd
Manistee, Michigan
49660 USA

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Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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