• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.

    The well at the Weather Station Campground is down for repair. Water is not available at the campground at this time.

  • Changes in compendium

    The Superintendent's Compendium for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was updated on August 19, 2014. Changes were related to designated wilderness, mushroom collecting, and the use of unmanned aircraft. More »

Platte Point Beach

Platte River near Lake Michigan

Platte River as it flows into Lake Michigan

Kerry Kelly 2005

This beautiful area where the Platte River flows into Lake Michigan is a busy place during the hot summer days. It is the terminus of many tubing, canoeing, or kayaking trips. The river is shallow and flows rapidly at this point, which makes it a favorite place for tubing, and on a breezy day, there will be some interesting wave action when you reach the big lake.

Take the short walk along the river to the beach and enjoy the merging of the waters.

Platte Point Picnic Area

Lake Township Park

Kerry Kelly 2005

The picnic area at Lake Township Park offers a relaxing way to end your river trip or watch the beach and boating activities. (A township user fee is required.)

There is also a boat launch here, so you can put in your fishing boat and head to Lake Michigan. There are restroom facilities and plenty of parking. There is an Automated Fee Station here as well.

Platte Point Benches

Benches along the Platte River

Kerry Kelly 2005

Sit back and relax watching the river flow by with the sand dunes and Lake Michigan in the background. In the summer, this is an active area, and you will enjoy watching canoes, kayaks, and tubes floating by.

Did You Know?

Port Oneida Rural Historic District

The Port Oneida Rural Historical District is a 3000 acre farming area preserved as it was in the early 1900's. This area was farmed for over 100 years and is now part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore More...