North Bar Lake

    Beach Features: Swimming, Parking

    North Bar Lake is one of the most popular beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes. North Bar Lake has shallow, clear water and a sandy bottom which makes for a warmer swim than in Lake Michigan. Walk across the low dunes to the cooler waters of Lake Michigan. The beaches of pure sand and small outlet to Lake Michigan is ideal for the kids to play.

    Take a hike over the dune that separates North Bar Lake from Lake Michigan. Once at the Lake Michigan beach you can walk along the shore north to the bluffs below the Pierce Stocking Drive Lake Michigan Overlook Platform. 

    You can get to North Bar Lake by taking LaCore Street north out of Empire to Voice road and then Bar Lake road. There is a large parking lot with restrooms which can be used for changing. If you forgot to buy your Lakeshore Pass, you can use the Self-Service Envelope system available on site.


    Map Legend

    • Trail Head
    • Historical Site
    • Beach
    • Natural Feature
    • Campground
    • Park
    • Cultural Interest
    • Scenic View
    • Educational Interest
    • Visitor Center
    • Emergency Care
    • Water Access
    • Fishing
    • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
    • Trail Friendly Business



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