(kwilliams @ Aug. 14 2013, 12:44 pm)
Is there a need to hang my food bag at night? Pretty new to backpacking, so I wasn't sure if that was overkill or if it was something I should do regardless of the location.
Yes you should hang your food at night. As a minimum you will have Racoons to worry about. Even a mouse is capable of chewing into your food supply and that can ruin a trip. Try to hang your food between two tree rather than one tree. If you haven't ever done this before, make it a point to get your line strung up before it starts getting dark.
I didn't realize Sleeping Bear Dunes had any place to backpack but after looking at the website I can see that they have a couple of pack in campsite areas. It would surprise me if the park didn't have food bag poles in those campgsite areas.