Attendance down at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Attendance down at Sleeping Bear Dunes

There are 31 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jan 28, 2009, titled Attendance down at Sleeping Bear Dunes. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

The federal parkland headquartered at Empire in the northwestern Lower Peninsula contains some of Lake Michigan's most striking coastline.

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Bunny from the UP

Pullman, MI

#1 Jan 28, 2009
Sounds to me they are whining about it. People can't afford the price of gas let alone the prices in Traverse City they are unreal Is this a plot to get people to spend more money they don't have?
Jerry

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Jan 28, 2009
I wonder how much the state paid the person to figure that reasoning out? Last summer I can hardly remember even seeing a motorhome traveling down the highway.
Agreed

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Jan 28, 2009
The key word being greed. I agree with Bunny it is crazy going to Traverse in the summer.Why is it they have to soak the people?
ABC

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jan 28, 2009
First of all, this is a NATIONAL park. The state didn't pay anyone anything. Second, if you read the article in the Traverse City paper, the quotes from the park official all say this isn't that far from normal, and they really aren't worried about it. The media is just trying to make it sound like a story.
NekosBot19j

United States

#5 Jan 28, 2009
Pay money...to climb a sand dune?

Why?

I might pay if I could drive on them!

Seems to me they have closed off to much of our nations parks and forests to please hikers and birdwatchers who rarely use them!
Bunny from the UP

Pullman, MI

#6 Jan 28, 2009
Tc is down in sales the Record Eagle does this stuff to get people to come up and spend money.
I would much rather walk the beaches along Grand Haven then Empire. The beach is much cleaner at GH then Empire any how and alot more places t park. Then one beach at Empire is so packed with cars and its bad to see all the worse people hang out there as well. Good Luck Record Eagle to it was worth a shot I think people will save thier money and stay home. And your right I live in TC the cherry fest. is a big joke !
Festus

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Jan 28, 2009
I think Sleeping Bare is a phase that you outgrow as you get older.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#8 Jan 28, 2009
I was all prepared to do a nice little trip to TC and Mackinaw this past summer but I waited until the hotel/motel rates went down due to the high gas prices. I waited and waiting and I never did end up going. They never dropped their prices. All it would have taken was 20 or 30 dollars off a room for the night to sway me but apparently the tourism pros didn't feel they needed to drop rates to attract people. No sympathy here.
duh

Middleville, MI

#9 Jan 28, 2009
Wake up idiots. Maybe attendance is down because you are charging $7 to drive through when Pierce intended access to this area to be free.
duh

Middleville, MI

#10 Jan 28, 2009
Bunny from the UP wrote:
Tc is down in sales the Record Eagle does this stuff to get people to come up and spend money.
I would much rather walk the beaches along Grand Haven then Empire. The beach is much cleaner at GH then Empire any how and alot more places t park. Then one beach at Empire is so packed with cars and its bad to see all the worse people hang out there as well. Good Luck Record Eagle to it was worth a shot I think people will save thier money and stay home. And your right I live in TC the cherry fest. is a big joke !
Cleaner? You mean once you dodge all off the terds laying on the GH beach from the Grand River?
Chad

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Jan 28, 2009
Maybe it has something to do with the Cougar Warning signs they've posted. A lot of city dwellers probably aren't too keen on going camping where you may have to fight off attacking cougars (according to the signs).
Get A Grip

Kalamazoo, MI

#12 Jan 28, 2009
FYI, Hot Blondes sleeping in my bed are down also.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#13 Jan 28, 2009
Chad wrote:
Maybe it has something to do with the Cougar Warning signs they've posted. A lot of city dwellers probably aren't too keen on going camping where you may have to fight off attacking cougars (according to the signs).
Where did you see these signs? According to the Michigan DNR there aren't any cougars in Michigan.
Bunnee

Lawton, MI

#14 Jan 28, 2009
Why is this news? What camping grounds, state parks or any public attractions didn't see a drop in attendance?

Since: Jan 09

Norton Shores

#15 Jan 28, 2009
That last cougar sighting was said to have a
mole on the left side of its face. What side of the face does Granholm have a mole on.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

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#16 Jan 28, 2009
My husband and I drove up there a couple of years ago. We were going to stop and climb the dunes, but it was 10.00 per person to climb. No thanks.
Ex-Michigander

Luzerne, PA

#17 Jan 28, 2009
I love t.c. and the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. The beaches are beautiful, yes there are grander beaches in the US & world but it is such a beautiful place in, what use to be, my own backyard (well, almost). I'll never grow out of Sleeping Bear Dunes, it is lovely and peaceful and there are not too many places like it in the world. Yes, T.C is more expensive in the peak travel times--July thru mid-Oct--but, you know, it is still far less than Chicago which makes it a nice alternative long weekend retreat. I am looking forward to my summer vacation back there!
Old Rocker

United States

#18 Jan 28, 2009
Hurley35 wrote:
I was all prepared to do a nice little trip to TC and Mackinaw this past summer but I waited until the hotel/motel rates went down due to the high gas prices. I waited and waiting and I never did end up going. They never dropped their prices. All it would have taken was 20 or 30 dollars off a room for the night to sway me but apparently the tourism pros didn't feel they needed to drop rates to attract people. No sympathy here.
Actually, it was reported on the channel 9/10 news last summer that the Traverse City Cherry festival attracted more people in 2008 than it has for the last several years, which I found surprising considering the price of gas last summer.

Traverse City is always busy in the summer. As long as the hotels are full or almost full, there is no incentive for them to drop rates.

You might consider finding a room in the surrounding area, Kalkaska is about a half hour away or maybe Elk Rapids.
bunnee

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Jan 28, 2009
Hurley35 wrote:
<quoted text>Where did you see these signs? According to the Michigan DNR there aren't any cougars in Michigan.
Any family dinners lately?!
Dwight

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Jan 28, 2009
NekosBot19j wrote:
Seems to me they have closed off to much of our nations parks and forests to please hikers and birdwatchers who rarely use them!
I think you're missing the point here. Our national parks are not solely intended for human use. Their access is sometimes limited becuase their ecosystems are in jeopardy, or we want to preserve that environment.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes is home to beautiful shoreline, pristine landscape a number of endangered species. I'd rather we kept it that way. And if that means I have to pay $7 to walk up the dune to Lake Michigan, I'll gladly do my part.

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