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Family Reunions2020-03-31T17:26:06+00:00

Family Reunions

Sleeping Bear Resort is a popular Northern Michigan Family Reunion destination for groups of up to 50 people. What sets us apart from other destinations is our amenities. A beautiful private beach along with kayaks, canoes, fishing boats and a large water trampoline are all available for our guests at no extra charge. We also provide firewood at no charge to our guests. All houses and cabins are air conditioned as of 2019/2020. 

We’ve listed our 2020 availability below and try to keep this up to date at all times. For Family Reunions that would like to rent more than one unit, it’s best to call Doreen at 810-434-6087. For individual unit rentals we have online booking or you can call our main number 231-642-7000.

Accommodation Types

The 6 Bedroom Bear’s Den 

6 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom remodeled farm home accommodating up to 12 people

6 Cabins with Lake Views

Comfortably accommodates a family of 5 or 3 adults

The 5 Bedroom Lodge

5 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom custom log home accommodating up to 10 people


Basketball Hoop  

Water Bouncer 

Firewood Wagon

Private Beach

The Main Viewing Platform

12′ Kayaks

Lower Viewing Platform



Our Dock and Fishing Boats

Courtyard Swing

Water Bouncer


2020 Family Reunion Dates Available

May 1st thru June 13th – Lots of availability for short stay Family Reunions, weekend stays and weekly stays. Rates during this time period are about 1/3 less than during peak summer months.

June 14 thru June 20 – Cabins 2, 3 and 6 are available for these six nights. Each cabin can accommodate up to a family of 5.

June 20th thru June 27th – Cabins 2, 3 and 6 are available. All three cabins have one bedroom and can accommodate families sizes up to 5.

June 27th thru July 4th – Cabins 3 & 6 are available and can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people (including children)

July 11th thru July 18th – The entire resort is available and can accommodate families of up to 50 people

July 25th thru August 1st – The entire resort is available and can accommodate families of up to 50 people

August 8 thru August 15 – Cabin 5 has 2 bedrooms and can accommodate a family of 5.

August 19th thru August 28th – Lots of shorter stay options available for families of all sizes

August 28th thru September 1st – The Lodge, Bear’s Den and 5 Cabins are available for Families up to about 40 people

September 1st thru October 15th – Lots of availability for shorter stays, weekend stays and weekly stays.

2021 Summer Family Reunion Dates Available


Entire Resort Dates Available – June 12th thru June 19th & Anytime in August

June 19th thru June 26th – The Lodge and all six Cabins accommodate up to 40 people

July 3rd thru July 10th – Cabins 2, 3 & 6 accommodate up to 15 people

July 17th thru July 24th – The Bear’s Den, Cabins 2 & 3 can accommodate up to 22 people

July 24th thru July 31st – Cabins 4 & 6 can accommodate 2 families with up 10 people

July 31st thru August 7th – Cabins 2 & 3 are available

August 14th thru August 21st – The entire resort is available

August 21st thru August 28th – The entire resort is available


Sleeping Bear Resort Property Configuration

Sleeping Bear Resort Family Reunion & Group Planning Guide

Step by Step Process

Step One: Determine the total amount of family/group members (within 10%) including children;

Step Two: Call Doreen at 810-434-6087 for available dates;

Step Three: Fill out our Family Reunion Planning Worksheet;

Step Four: Determine whether available dates and resort configuration will work for your family/group;

Step Five: Call Doreen at 810-434-6087 to make reservation – We will hold reservations for 1 to 7 days depending on how far in advance your event is scheduled;

Step Six: Make your deposit equal to the first night’s rent plus tax;

Step Seven: Complete and send us the Cabin Assignment Worksheet;

Step Eight: Sleeping Bear Resort will email a Reservation Agreement to the appropriate person(s) for each of the units reserved.


Option 1: One family/group member pays everything;

Option 2: Individual family/group members make their own payments;

Option 3: Family/Group members sharing the cost of Lodge or Bear’s Den can make partial payments via our Payment Link (must have reservation #).

Availability Search Tips

Here’s some tips and info to help search for availability:

  1. We open our online availability calendar thru the end of summer next year;
  2. For reservations 2 summers in advance please call Doreen at 810-434-6087;
  3. When searching for summer availability – Use Saturdays as Arrival Days and the following Saturday as the Departure Day.
  4. Do not change the “Bedrooms” and “Guests” fields.
  5. If you receive a message that says we have no inventory – We are booked for that week. Search another week or call to be put on a waiting list.
  6. Groups of over 40 should seriously consider renting the entire resort.
  7. Groups of less than 40 should consider renting either The Lodge or Bear’s Den along with as many cabins as needed.
  8. Large Family Reunion and Group Reservations should be made at least one year in advance to get prime summer dates.
  9. Many large family reunions and groups make their reservations 2 years out.
  10. Please call Doreen at 810-434-6087 for availability and more information.

If searching for summer availability – Use Saturdays for Arrival Date and the following Saturday for Departure Date