PLATTE RIVER CAMPGROUND, MI

Platte River Campground is located in the southern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan. This year-round facility is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park. It is within walking distance of the Platte River and a short walk...
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  • No generators allowed at Platte River Campground
  • An entrance pass for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is required per vehicle; $10 park pass (good for seven days) or $20 annual pass
  • Campers must notify the campground at 231-326-4700 ext 5029 if they will not arrive within 24 hours of the check-in time or their reservation will be cancelled; they will be charged the first night's camping fee plus a $20 no show fee
  • Firewood from areas outside of this facility must be from a Lakeshore approved firewood vendor. A list of Lakeshore approved vendors is available at http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/firewood.htm. Firewood is also available for purchase in the campground, or visitors may collect dead and down wood within the park boundaries.
  • A separate permit is required for backcountry hiking and camping; it is issued by the ranger station
  • No wheeled vehicles or devices of any kind may be used on trails to walk-in or group sites, including coolers and strollers; bicycles and other wheeled devices, except wheelchairs, are not allowed on trails or sidewalks; roller blades, skates, skateboards and scooters are prohibited
  • There are no lifeguards on duty at any of the park beaches; swim at your own risk
  • The park has pebble beaches rather than sand; water shoes are recommended
  • No fireworks allowed
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Platte River Campground is located in the southern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan. This year-round facility is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park. It is within walking distance of the Platte River and a short walk or drive away from the Lake Michigan shore. Hikers can access many of the area's day use and backpacking trails just north of the campground.

Summer temperatures range from the upper 70s to 90s during the day and 50s to 70s at night. Winters are cold, with daytime highs in the 20s to 30s and lows in the 10s and 20s; snow is usually on the ground from late November through March.

Natural Features:

The campground lies in a wooded area within walking distance of the Platte River and less than two miles away from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Although the lakeshore is long and narrow, it has northern hardwood and conifer forests, abandoned farm meadows, wetlands, lakes, streams, bogs and splendid examples of a glacially formed landscape.

The most prominent features in the park, and those for which it is named, are the perched sand dunes above Lake Michigan. The overlooks at Sleeping Bear, Empire and Pyramid Point bluffs are about 400 feet above the lake. With 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and streams, the park is wonderfully water-oriented.

Recreation:

Campers can hike, canoe, kayak and fish on the river or the lake. There are canoe rentals at nearby Platte River Point, where the river meets the lake (the point also has beach access for those wishing to drive there). The Platte Plains trail system boasts more than 25 miles of trails, some of which can be accessed a short walk away from the campground. Trails to the primitive White Pine backcountry campground are also close by.

Facilities:

This facility is well-maintained, well-organized and offers a wide variety of sites, including back-in and pull-through sites with electric hookups for RVs, tent-only sites, walk-in sites, group sites (hike-in, tent-only) and a nearby backcountry campground. Each site has a campfire ring, picnic table and restrooms with flush toilets and sinks. Hot showers are also available for a small fee. The group sites allow no more than 25 people per site; pets and RVs are not permitted in them.

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GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Thu Oct 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Wed Apr 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Wed Apr 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Wed Apr 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

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Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Showers
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 01 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $19.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $19.00
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $43.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.71278, -86.11778
44°42'46"N, 86°7'4"W

From the east (Traverse City): Take State Highway M-72 west to Empire. Turn south on State Highway M-22. Proceed 10 miles and turn right on Lake Michigan Road. Follow the signs to Platte River Campground. From the south (US-31/M-115): At the junction of U.S. Route 31 and M-115, continue north for seven miles. Turn left on Platte Road. Proceed five miles and turn right on M-22. Proceed one mile and turn left on Lake Michigan Road. Follow the signs to Platte River Campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

PLATTE RIVER CAMPGROUND
5685 Lake Michigan Road
HONOR  MI  49640

Phone Number:

Information:  (231)326-4700
Additional Information