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Camping at Platte River Campground

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Introduction to Platte River Campground

Platte River Campground is a popular camping destination located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which is famous for its towering dunes, sandy beaches, forested wilderness, and clear inland lakes. It provides an array of campsites suitable for tents, RVs, and group camping. Here are some important details you should know before planning your camping trip to Platte River Campground.

Reservations and Campsite Types

Reservations: Campsites at Platte River Campground can be reserved in advance, and it's a good idea to do so, especially during peak summer months, as spots tend to fill up quickly. Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service.

Campsite Types:

  • Tent sites: These are basic sites designed for tent camping with amenities such as fire rings and picnic tables.
  • RV sites: These sites can accommodate various sizes of RVs and typically provide electric hookups.
  • Group sites: Ideal for larger parties, group sites can host more campers and offer more space.

Facilities and Amenities

Facilities: The campground provides modern restrooms, potable water, and a dump station for RVs. Additionally, there are showers available, which are a welcomed amenity after a day of hiking or playing at the beach.


  • Fire rings and picnic tables at each campsite
  • Paved roads and parking spurs
  • Access to hiking trails and river access for canoeing and kayaking

Activities and Attractions

Outdoor Recreation: Platte River Campground is an excellent base for enjoying various activities, including:

  • Hiking: Numerous trails are accessible from the campground, offering views of dunes, forests, and lakes.
  • Kayaking and canoeing: The Platte River flows through the park, providing opportunities for water-based adventures.
  • Beach access: Visitors can enjoy Lake Michigan's stunning beaches, which are a short drive or hike away.
  • Fishing: The Platte River is known for salmon and trout fishing, particularly during migration seasons.

Nearby Attractions:

  • The Dune Climb: A must-visit for an iconic experience climbing the sandy hills.
  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive: Offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the dunes.
  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: A multi-use trail that's great for biking, walking, and in winter, skiing.

Rules and Regulations

Firewood: Due to concerns about invasive species, it's recommended to buy firewood locally rather than bringing it from home.

Pets: Pets are allowed in specified areas but must be leashed and cannot be left unattended.

Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is allowed but must be done responsibly and in accordance with any specific campground rules.

Quiet Hours: Adhering to quiet hours, typically from 10 PM to 6 AM, is required to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.

Safety Considerations

Being located in a natural setting, it's important to be mindful of wildlife and to follow safety tips to ensure a secure camping experience:

  • Properly store food to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Use life jackets when on the water.
  • Apply insect repellent and check for ticks to prevent bites and associated diseases.

Booking and Contact Information

To book a campsite or for further details about the campground, visit the official National Park Service website or the National Recreation Reservation Service. Additionally, you can contact the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center for the latest updates on campground status and park information.

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