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Old August 6th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Obviously online is where you got your misinformation that sleeping bear is closed to off road vehicles because, they in reality,actually have booth sat up where you can rent and or pay to ride in dune buggies.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Obviously online is where you got your misinformation that sleeping bear is closed to off road vehicles because, they in reality,actually have booth sat up where you can rent and or pay to ride in dune buggies.
But can you bring your own?
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Old August 6th, 2012, 08:22 AM   #3
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But can you bring your own?
I was going to this weekend, do they have dedicated parking for tow vehicles and trailers?
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Old August 6th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #4
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Old August 6th, 2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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He provided me with a link to an article that mentioned Sleeping Bear Dunes and dune buggies, but when I clicked on any of the links in the article about renting one they all went to Silver Lake. He claims hes been able to rent them for over 40 years at Sleeping Bear. I claim he's full of it.

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Off-roading

One of the most popular activities to do on the Michigan sand dunes is off-roading on the large mounds of sand. People can bring their own All Terrain Vehicles, Jeeps or dune buggies. In addition, rental locations are at both sand dunes to rent these vehicles on-site. Another benefit to off-roading the dunes is the view --- both Sleeping Bear and Silver Lake dunes have beautiful views of local lakes.
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When I was at sleeping bear dunes as a kid, all I remember seeing is a bunch of people trying like hell to climb up to the top for the "spectacular view", I don't remember seeing a single off road vehicle anywhere. Just a bunch of old farts pooping out half way up a steep mound of sand, and having to empty my shoes of 3 pounds of sand for days.
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When I was at sleeping bear dunes as a kid, all I remember seeing is a bunch of people trying like hell to climb up to the top for the "spectacular view", I don't remember seeing a single off road vehicle anywhere. Just a bunch of old farts pooping out half way up a steep mound of sand, and having to empty my shoes of 3 pounds of sand for days.
I've been up there three years in a row now and haven't seen a dune buggy going up the hill yet, let alone a place to rent one.
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The Sleeping Bear Dunes is a National Park. No offroading @ anytime. You can only ride bicycles on the roads and about 4 miles of paved bike trail. Anywhere else is foot traffic only.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #9
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When I was a kid you could take tours on roads around and through parts of the dunes in modified IH Travelalls. No real sand climbing.
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you used to be able to drive the dunes of sleeping bear, I remember as a child going there with my dad with our sand rail which he has done before. When we got arrived, he found out no more cars on the dunes! I dad was highly pissed that nobody sent him the memo. We then headed to silver lake where my dad proceeded to scare the shit out of me as he took his frustrations out behind the wheel!
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nm I found a picture of the dune buggy that runs Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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Old August 6th, 2012, 12:58 PM   #12
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I don't remember in my lifetime there being dune rides at Sleeping Bear.

We just did the dune rides at Saugatuck this year on vacation. From the sounds of it, when the old man dies the lease is up and they can no longer do the rides.

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Old August 6th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #13
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I don't remember in my lifetime there being dune rides at Sleeping Bear.We just did the dune rides at Saugatuck this year on vacation. From the sounds of it, when the old man dies the lease is up and they can no longer do the rides.

http://www.saugatuckduneride.com/
Well, since you are older than me, we got this covered.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 01:39 PM   #14
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http://www.nps.gov/slbe/faqs.htm

Sounds like the guy is off base. From the National Park Service;

Can I rent a Dune Buggy and ride the dunes?

No, the best way to see the dunes in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is on foot. If you want a dune buggy ride, you'll have to drive south of Ludington to the SilverLake State Park.

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Old August 6th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #15
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My first dune ride was at Sleeping Bear dunes in an International schooner. It was probably the early 1960s.
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Huh, it looks like I was six when it ended. That makes it so that WhiteRhino was 6 when it started.

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Anyone who visited Leelanau County during the summer months from 1938-78 likely took a ride in a Dunesmobile, a motorized excursion into what is now know as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offered by Louis Warnes and his family.

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By 1978 the rides were shut down as the National Park Service (NPS) banned driving on the dunes for ecological reasons.
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It was before 78 when I was there last, I would have been 10, and would have remembered driving on the dunes. We just climbed a big dumb hill, then cried about sore legs and sandy toes for days. They may have been running dunes mobiles, but those vehicles look like they were made for running the flat sand on the lake side of the hill. I dunno, the ducks at the Wisconsin dells were way cooler of a trip.
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My first dune ride was at Sleeping Bear dunes in an International schooner. It was probably the early 1960s.
Holy shit, my grandparents were still in high school. You're fucking old.
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Holy shit, my grandparents were still in high school. You're fucking old.
My parents were done with high school by the early '60's. You're fucking young.
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