Visitors vote with feet, ignore dunes' closed sign

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CLEVELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. The sign says closed, but many visitors are voting with their feet to keep northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore open despite the federal government shutdown.

A sign hanging on an outhouse at the Pyramid Point trail Sunday said "this facility is closed." An Associated Press reporter says many people were hiking on the trail anyway.

Pyramid Point overlooks Lake Michigan in Leelanau County's Cleveland Township, about 25 miles northeast of Traverse City in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

The park's website says Sleeping Bear Dunes isn't one of the 12 national parks that have temporarily reopened despite the federal budget crisis.

A call to the park's phone number Sunday evening played a recording saying the park was closed and messages were not being checked.

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