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Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center

Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center

Hours of Operation

January 2 - Memorial Day: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Labor Day - November 14: Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

November 15 through December 31: CLOSED


Recreation Passport required for entry

The Gillette Visitor Center, located in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, is nestled among one of the nation's most impressive dune systems. Perched at the top of a large sand dune surrounded by a pristine wooded backdune, the center features exhibits to tell Michigan's unique sand dune story. Within easy access from the visitor center, the half-mile Lake Michigan Trail goes up and over the park's sheltered backdune forest and leads visitors out into a grassy foredune with a sweeping view of the beach and Lake Michigan.

Programs for families and classrooms

Field trips

Field trips available for classrooms ready to learn.

Programs for the public

Fun, educational programs held throughout the year.