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.
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, non-electric sites, walk-to sites, group sites (hike-in, tent-only) and a nearby backcountry campground. Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. Each loop has restrooms with flush toilets and sinks. Hot showers are also available. The group sites allow no more than 25 people per site; pets and RVs are not permitted in them.
A National Park Service entrance pass for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is required for each vehicle:
$25 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore entrance fee (1-7 days).
$45 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Annual pass (if camping more than 7 days).
Information about other National Park Service pass options can be found at www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
SAFETY - Please notifiy a Ranger or Campground Host if you encounter any problems.
In case of Emergency, DIAL 911
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; cancellations will be charged the first night's camping fee plus a $20 no show fee.
1. Arriving campers must check-in at the campground office prior to occupying their site.
2. Campers must register upon arrival. Change sites only with approval of the park ranger at the campground office.
3. A campsite MUST be occupied by the individual registered for the campsite on the date(s) of occupancy.
4. Campers wishing to extend their stay must re-register by 8:00 p.m. the day before their permit expires.
5. Check-in time is 2 PM.
6. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. All camping equipment and vehicles must be removed from the site at this time.
7. Camping is permitted ONLY in designated areas, on the established tent pads, and parking pads. All vehicles and trailers must remain on roadway surfaces and off vegetation.
8. No more than six (6) people will be permitted on a site.
9. No more than two vehicles permitted on a site; only one may be a truck camper, camper trailer, boat trailer, or motor-home (RV).
10. Quiet hours are 10:00 p.m.– 6 :00 a.m. Noise levels must be controlled at all times to avoid disturbing other campers.
11. Camping is limited to 14 TOTAL days between Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Camping equipment may not remain on a site for more than 14 days, even if used by a different person or group.
12. Generator use is prohibited at Platte River Campground.
13. ACTIVE BEAR AREA: Store food and scented items in vehicle trunk, RV, bear box or secure metal container, day and night. Never feed wildlife.
14. To prevent and slow the spread of forest pests and diseases, YOU MAY ONLY BURN NPS APPROVED FIREWOOD. Firewood may be purchased between the entrances of Loops 2 & 3. A list of approved vendors is available in the park newspaper.
15. Confine all fires to the fire ring and burn ONLY dead and down wood or charcoal. Fires must be completely extinguished with water before leaving a campsite. Do not leave fires unattended.
16. It is unlawful to cut, destroy, damage or remove ANY standing tree, shrub or plant, or possess any green vegetation within the park, including flowers. Do not injure trees with nails or by hanging hot lanterns on or against the trunk.
17. Bicycles are to be used on roads or the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail only and are prohibited in walk-in and group campsites. Roller blades, skates, skateboards, scooters, and similar devices are prohibited in the campground.
18. 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 foot trails or sidewalks. Wheeled devices, include wheelbarrows, wagons, carts & trailers. Do not create short-cuts.
19. Pets must be on a six-foot (6 ft./1.8 M) leash at all times.
Do not leave pets unattended and tied to an object. Pet owners are responsible for the cleanup of all excrement. Pets are NOT allowed in group camp areas.
20. Containers must be kept under drains and emptied only at the dump station.
21. The washing of dishes, hands, hair, or brushing teeth, etc. at outdoor water faucets is prohibited. Washing vehicles at the dump station is prohibited.
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, down and detatched fire wood within the park boundaries.
Violations of Regulations may result in permit suspension, revocation and/or issuance of a citation by law enforcement.
The park has pebble beaches rather than pure sand; water shoes are recommended.
There are no lifeguards on duty at any of the park beaches; swim at your own risk.
No fireworks allowed.
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.
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.
Campers must notify the campground office 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 a $20 no show fee and forfeit the first night’s recreation fee for the campsite.
• Staff will hold a campsite until 2:00 pm on the day after the scheduled arrival date.
Other www.recreation.gov fees include:
• Any cancelled reservation refund will have a $10 service fee withheld.
• Switching to dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates: $10 change fee.
• Cancelling a reservation, the day before or on the day of arrival: $10 service fee AND forfeit the first night’s camping fee.
• Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid but will not be subject to an additional service fee.
• Group Site Reservations cancelled less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10 service fee AND forfeit the first night’s camping fee.
For a complete explanation of all recreation.gov change and cancellation policies visit https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE 9922 FRONT STREET EMPIRE MI 49630
5685 Lake Michigan Road Honor MI 49640
For campground inquiries, please call: 231-326-4700
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.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 5685 Lake Michigan Road, Honor, MI