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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Otter Creek Loop

Honor, Benzie County

Hiking Trails | Snowshoeing Trails

Otter Creek empties into Lake Michigan just to the left of the parking lot. This shallow, warm stream is a favorite place for kids to play in the summer. This is the site of the historic ghost town of Aral. It was a vibrant logging village with sawmill and dock. You can still find remnants of some of the foundations and dock. There is an interpretive sign near the restroom.

The trailhead to Otter Lake Loop Trail is on the gravel road just east of the parking lot. You easily hike all the way around Otter Lake. There is also a bridge over Otter Creek near the trailhead.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Otter Creek Trail Map


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