Resort Amenities

Resort Amenities are what sets Sleeping Bear Resort apart from other Family Reunion and vacation destinations. After a fun day on the beach and in the lake, cozy up to your own private firepit and watch the sun set over Herendeene Lake. 

  • Sandy Beach
  • Lower Viewing Platform
  • Water Trampoline
  • Jackson Kayaks

“The resort is beautiful. The beach is a lot of steps down, but is really kept up well. the lake is clear and swimming was really nice. The swim area is shallow enough for kids but drops quickly around the trampoline so diving is not a problem.”

Brian from Elk River, Minnesota – August 2021

Kayaking in Two Lakes

Guests have access to 8 – 12 foot Jackson kayaks and kayak paddles at no charge. These sit on top kayaks are very stable and are fun for both beginners and experts.

Herendeene Lake is a 37 acre no-wake lake that is mostly undeveloped with only two homes plus the resort that are viewable from the lake. Boats with motors are allowed but no wake is allowed. The lake is 36 feet at its deepest point. At the far end of Herendeene Lake is a narrow waterway that leads into Fuller Lake. Take one of our kayaks, canoes or fishing boats into Fuller Lake for some real privacy. Fuller Lake is 12 acres in size and is a great place to really get away from everything. It’s a common occurrence to see loons and eagles while kayaking at Sleeping Bear Resort.

Click Here if you’re interested in a kayak trip down the nearby Platte River.


Water Bouncer for all Ages

The 20 foot water bouncer is one of our most popular summertime resort amenities and is fun for both young and old kids. It can be used as a bouncer or just a great place to lounge in the sun during a hot summer day. The water bouncer gets put in the lake in mid-June in time for peak season. It stays in the lake until Labor Day. The water temperature is usually warm enough for the kids (or brave adults) to swim by Memorial Day. It only takes a couple weeks of warm weather after Memorial Day and Herendeene Lake will warm to 75 degrees or higher. The lake temp usually stays steady at about 75 to 80 degrees all summer long. 

Relaxing Viewing Platforms

There’s lots of places to sit, relax and unwind at the resort. The main staircase going down to the beach has 3 separate viewing platforms with breathtaking views of the lake. There’s a cozy swinging porch type swing overlooking the lake and each cabin has 2 Adirondack chairs. The Lodge has a fantastic covered porch overlooking Herendeene Lake which you have to see to believe. The Bear’s Den sits on the south side of the property and has it’s own private adirondack chairs, double porch swing and private staircase going down to the lake with beautiful viewing platforms.

Evening Bonfires

Northern Michigan vacations aren’t complete without an evening bonfire. We now have private firepits for each of our cabins and the Bear’s Den. We provide firewood at no charge during spring, summer and fall seasons.

Relax on our Sandy Beach

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better beach to relax without a crowd than at Sleeping Bear Resort. Due to the record high water levels in the great lakes, our famed Lake Michigan beaches are shrinking. As the water levels rise the beach areas are becoming more narrow. There’s not as much room for all the tourists in the summertime. You won’t have to venture far away from your cabin to enjoy a beautiful beach during your vacation at Sleeping Bear Resort. 

Click Here for all our favorite beaches in the area. 


Herendeene Lake has at least 7 different species of fish with the most popular being bass and blue gill. There’s also perch, pike and other types of pan fish. There’s 3 fishing boats for guests to use during their stay. We prefer you catch and release as we don’t have a good spot to clean fish. For other boating options Click Here for our list of recommended Northern Michigan Boat Rentals.


There’s an old shuffleboard court that has withstood the elements over the years. 

Children’s Playset

The children’s playset was constructed prior to the summer of 2019.


The basketball net is located behind Cabins #2 and #3.

Basketball Hoop  

Water Bouncer 

Firewood Wagon

Private Beach

The Main Viewing Platform

Jackson Kayaks

12′ Kayaks

Lower Viewing Platform

Lower Viewing Platform


Childrens’ Playset


Our Dock and Fishing Boats

Courtyard Swing

Water Trampoline

Water Bouncer

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