The National Park has specific rules about pets in the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  A Map is available showing which areas leashed pets are allowed.

Violation of these rules and regulations could result in receiving a federal Violation Notice (ticket) which includes a fine and a possible appearance in federal court.

Pets can be a hazard for the Lakeshore’s piping plovers. Only 70 breeding pairs of these endangered birds are left in the wild, and one third of them nest at the Lakeshore. Please keep your pets away from the birds and their nests. Dogs running near nesting sites, even if leashed, can frighten birds causing them to stop incubating eggs or abandon nests. Unleashed dogs may harm nests, eggs, or chicks.

Trained assistance dogs accompanying impaired persons are permitted throughout the Lakeshore. Pets are generally permitted within the Lakeshore except in certain limited areas designated as “no-pet” areas. These areas can be identified by a “No Pets” sign and by referencing the map. A small percentage of the park has been closed to pets for the protection of wildlife and to ensure the enjoyment of all park visitors.

Leashed pets ARE allowed on these beaches

From Platte River Campground / Railroad Grade trail north to Peterson Road.
From Esch Road north to the Lakeshore boundary (south of Empire).
From Peterson Road south to Old Railroad Grade Trail/Platte Campground Trail.
From the Lakeshore boundary north of Empire to just south of the North Bar Lake stream outlet.
From Maritime Museum east (but not on the Maritime Museum grounds) to the Lakeshore boundary (west of Glen Arbor).
From the Lakeshore boundary north of Glen Arbor around Pyramid Point to CR 669.
From CR 651 north to the Lakeshore northern boundary.
Glen Lake Picnic Area

No Pet Areas
The Dune Climb
Maritime Museum grounds
North Bar Lake
Platte Point Beach
White Pine and Valley View backcountry campsites
All group campsites
North and South Manitou Island (all pets, including hunting dogs). Trained aid dogs accompanying the blind or hearing impaired are permitted.
Any other areas where “NO PETS” signs are posted

Pets are prohibited at the following designated cross-country ski trails during the periods of December 1 through March 31:
Old Indian
Platte Plains Trail System (including Bass Lake, Otter Creek, and Lasso Loop Trails)
Windy Moraine
Shauger Hill
Alligator Hill
Bay View
Good Harbor Bay
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Rule and Regulations
Pets must be controlled on a 6-foot leash at all times.
Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
Do not allow your pet to make unreasonable noise.
Clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.
Keep your pets from interacting with wildlife or disturbing visitors.