Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
Lakeshore Extends Camping Reservation Dates
In order to better serve our campers, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is expanding the spring and fall dates in which campers can make reservations at Platte River Campground and D. H. Day Group Campground.
Between 2010 and 2012, Platte River Campground averaged an annual increase of 22% for spring camping (May 15 to May 31) and a 25% increase for fall camping (October 1 to October 15). The popularity of group campsites has also been increasing. To better accommodate this demand for campsites, the National Lakeshore is expanding the reservation dates for regular campsites at Platte River Campground to May 15 through October 15 and for group campsites at Platte River Campground and at D. H. Day Group Campground to May 1 through October 15.
Camping fees in the National Lakeshore will remain unchanged for 2014. A reservation for a regular non-electric campsite at Platte River Campground will continue to be $15.00 per night (for a walk-in campsite) and $19.00 per night (for drive-to campsite). Campsites with electricity will continue to be $24.00 per night. Group campsites at Platte River will continue to be $43.00 per night and sites at D. H. Day Group Campground will remain at $33.00 per night.
Through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), reservations may be made via the internet or phone up to six months in advance for regular campsites (which accommodate up to six people) and up to one year in advance for group campsites (which accommodate up to 25 people). Visit www.recreation.gov to make a reservation online or call 1-877-444-6777 between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. eastern time to access the NRRS Call Center.
One other improvement that was made this year is the collection by the NRRS of the $5.00 per night fee for electricity at campsites that have electricity available. In the past, the fee for electricity at a campsite was collected by the park once the camper arrived at the campground. This was very confusing to many campers who thought they had fully paid for their campsite when making a reservation. Having the NRRS collect this fee will allow campers to pay for all fees associated with their campsite when they make their reservation.
Did You Know?
There is an operating Blacksmith Shop in Glen Haven. Ask the blacksmith how he makes useful tools and parts by heating, bending, and hammering metal. It is open each day during the summer. More...