Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Camping

Camping Fees & Reservations

Camping fees are in addition to the standard Park Entrance Fee including camping on North and South Manitou Island.

Senior Pass and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on camping fees. This discount applies only to the camping fee. Not applicable for the electrical hook-up fee or group campsite fees.

Family campsites may be reserved for Platte River Campground. Group campsites may be reserved for Platte River Campground, D.H. Day Group Campground, and Bay & Weather Station Campgrounds on South Manitou Island.


Camping Reservations

Camping reservations for a limited number of campsites can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). The NRRS was created with the goal of simplifying trip planning for the general public by consolidating all federal recreation information and reservations under one provider.

Reservations are available via a rolling window and advance on a daily basis at 10:00 a.m. EST:

  • Reservations for individual campsites may be made up to six months in advance.
  • Reservations for group campsites may be made up to one year in advance.

Making Reservations On-Line:

Reservations can be made on-line at:

Making Reservations Over The Phone:

Reservations can also be made by calling the Reservation Center at 1-877-444-6777. The center is open daily:

  • March 1 - October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. EST
  • November 1 - February 28, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST

If you have questions, please call the park at 231-326-5134.

If you do not have a reservation, you still have a good chance of getting a camping site. Our campgrounds usually fill up daily from mid-June through the end of August, but there is a constant turn-over. For best results, arrive early in the morning to get a site.

Click here to view a complete listing of NRRS Reservation Policies


Camping Fees

D. H. Day Campground (Open 4/4/2008 - 11/30/2008)

Campsites for 1-6 persons: 88 Total Sites, 0 Reservable.
Fee/night $12.00.

D. H. Day Group Campground (Open All Year)

Group Campsites (tents only) for 7-25 persons: 4 Total Sites, 4 Reservable.
Fee/night = $30.00 with no reservation or $33.00 when reserved.
Reservations required 5/23/2008 to 10/1/2008.

Platte River Campground (Open All Year)

Campsites with electrical hook-up for 1-6 persons: 96 Total Sites, 27 Reservable.
Fee/night = $21.00 with no reservation or $24.00 when reserved.
Campsites are reservable 5/23/2008 to 9/1/2008.

Campsites with no electrical hook-up for 1-6 persons: 53 Total Sites, 10 Reservable.
Fee/night = $16.00 with no reservation or $19.00 when reserved.
Campsites are reservable 5/23/2008 to 9/1/2008.

Walk-in Sites for 1-6 persons: 25 Total Sites, 6 Reservable
Fee/night = $12.00 with no reservation or $15.00 when reserved.
Campsites are reservable 5/23/2008 to 9/1/2008.

Platte River Group Campsites (hike-in, tents only) for 7-25 persons: 5 Total Sites, 5 Reservable.
Fee/night = $40.00 with no reservation or $43.00 when reserved.
Reservations Required 5/02/2008 to 10/1/2008.

Shower Tokens: Two 3-minute Tokens for $1.00.

Backcountry Sites (Open All Year)

White Pine Campground: 6 Sites Total, 0 Reservable. $5.00/night
Valley View Campground: 5 Sites Total, 0 Reservable. $5.00/night

South Manitou Island (Via Passenger Ferry or Private Boat)

Bay Campground for 1-4 persons: 25 Total Sites, 0 Reservable. $5.00/night
Bay Group Sites for 7-20 persons: 3 Total Sites, 3 Reservable. Fee/night = $20.00 with no reservation and $23.00 when reserved.
Reservations Required for Group Sites 5/23/2008 to 9/27/2008.

Weather Station Campground for 1-4 persons: 20 Total Sites, 0 Reservable $5.00/night
Weather Station Group Campground for 7-20 persons: 3 Total Sites, 3 Reservable. Fee/night = $20.00 with no reservations and $23.00 when reserved.
Reservations Required for Group Sites 5/23/2008 to 9/27/2008.

Popple Campground for 1-4 persons: 7 Total Sites, 0 Reservable. $5.00/night.

North Manitou Island (Via Passenger Ferry or Private Boat)

Village Campground Campsites for 1-4 persons: 8 Total Sites, 0 Reservable. $5.00/night.

Backcountry Camping for 1-4 persons: Unlimited Sites. $5.00/night.

Group Camping for 10 persons maximum: Unlimited Sites. $10.00/night.

Campgrounds

You can choose from a wide range of camping experiences at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Platte River Campground offers sites with electric hook-ups for RVs and trailers as well as walk-in sites for those who want to carry their tent off the beaten path. Showers and modern restrooms are available here. The Platte River and Lake Michigan are close by, too. Reservations are available by phone or over the internet.

The D.H. Day Campground offers more rustic camping for RVs, trailers, and tents. You will find dirt roads, vault toilets, and ready access to the Lake Michigan beach. There are no electric hook-ups or showers. The campground is located in the northern part of the park mid-way between Glen Haven and Glen Arbor. Registration is on a first-come basis.

Group Campgrounds are located in several areas throughout the Lakeshore to provide camping for groups of at least 7 people. The upper limit on groups depends on the specific site.

Backpackers have several options in the Lakeshore. Some of the best backcountry camping in Michigan is located on North and South Manitou Islands. You can get to the islands by ferry operated by Manitou Island Transit out of Leland. Mainland backcountry camping is available at the White Pine campground on the Platte Plains trail system near the Platte River campground, or at the Valley View campground north of Glen Arbor near the Homestead Resort. White Pine is in walking distance to Lake Michigan, so water is available. If you camp at Valley View, you will have to carry your water.

If the campgrounds in the Lakeshore are full, you still have camping options in the local area.