• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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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?

The Dune Climb

Where can you go to climb sand dunes over 200 feet high? The Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also gives you a great view of Glen Lake. The hike to Lake Michigan is over 1.5 miles through the dunes from here. Take some water and wear good shoes! More...