North Bar Lake is located within the Park north of Empire, MI. It is a very shallow and secluded lake that is separated by a low sand dune from Lake Michigan. On both sides of the trail to Lake Michigan, you will see plants native to the dunes: Dune grass, pitcher’s thistle, wormwood, sand cress, and others. These plants help stabilize the dune. Once at the Lake Michigan beach, you can walk along the shore north to the bluffs below the Pierce Stocking Drive Lake Michigan Overlook Platform. This perspective gives you a better appreciation of the size and steepness of the bluffs.
Birding is excellent just off the parking lot as you approach North Bar Lake. The trees along the trail are relatively immature and thus they provide a wonderful opportunity for early morning warbler and songbird viewing and photography.
Directions: You can access North Bar Lake by heading north from the blinking light in Empire and keeping left at LaCore about 0.1 miles after the light. Stay on LaCore for 1.2 miles around the bend. Take a left on Larohr and proceed for 1.2 miles and take a left to the parking area when you see the sign.