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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • D. H. Day Campground opens Friday, April 18

    D.H. Day Campground opens Friday, April 18, 2014. Register at the self-registration station near the entrance.

Camping Fees & Reservations

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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 to camping and reservation fees. 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

Due to the popularity of Platte River Campgroud, in 2010 the National Park Service increased the number of reservable campsites to about 66% in order to serve the growing number of campers who wish to plan their trips in advance. Beginning in 2014, campsite reservations for individual campsites will be extended from May 15 through October 15 and for group campsites from May 1 through October 15.

For those campers who wish to be more flexible in their arrival dates and length of stay, approximately 34% of campsites at Platte River remain available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each day, any reservable sites which are not taken will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservation fee. In addition, all campsites at D. H. Day Campground, near Glen Arbor, will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), reservations for regular campsites (which accommodate up to six people) may be made by phone or internet up to six months in advance of the camping date desired. Regular campsites may be reserved from May 15 through October 15.

Group campsites (which accommodate up to 25 people) may be reserved up to one year in advance of the camping date desired. Group campsites may be reserved from May 1 through October 15.

Campers wishing to reserve a site may call 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online.

Download a copy of the campground map for Platte River Campground showing the reservable campsites (pdf file, 40 kb).


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 231-326-4700, ext. 5010.

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.

View a complete listing of NRRS Reservation Policies


Camping Fees

D. H. Day Campground (Open 4/4/2014 - 11/30/2014)

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 5/1/2014 to 10/15/2014.


Platte River Campground (Open All Year)

Campsites with electrical hook-up for 1-6 persons: 96 Total Sites, 68 Reservable.

Fee/night = $21.00 with no reservation or $24.00 when reserved.

Campsites are reservable 5/15/2014 to 10/15/2014.


Campsites with no electrical hook-up for 1-6 persons: 53 Total Sites, 32 Reservable.

Fee/night = $16.00 with no reservation or $19.00 when reserved.

Campsites are reservable 5/15/2014 to 10/15/2014.


Walk-in Sites for 1-6 persons: 25 Total Sites, 17 Reservable

Fee/night = $12.00 with no reservation or $15.00 when reserved.

Campsites are reservable 5/15/2014 to 10/15/2014.


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 5/1/2014 to 10/15/2014.

Shower Tokens: One 6-minute Token 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 5/23/2014 to 9/21/2014.


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 5/23/2014 to 9/21/2014.


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


North Manitou Island (Via Passenger Ferry or Private Boat)/p>

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.

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