Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. More »
Some restrooms and trash cans not available until Memorial Day
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Other than those at the visitor center and campgrounds, restrooms and trash cans will not be available until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. This includes the Manitou Islands. More »
Tubing on the Platte River
Terry Phipps 2005
Cool off with a relaxing float on a tube or raft down the Platte River on a hot summer day. This is one of the most popular recreational activities to beat the heat of summer. The river is shallow and clear, and while it moves along at a good pace, there are no rapids to contend with. You will see a multitude of different wildflowers and birds on your trip, so pay careful attention to the shoreline.
You can either bring your own tube, raft, air mattress, etc. or you can rent them at the Riverside. If you need to rent during the height of the summer season, you will want to plan ahead and get reservations.
Float a one hour loop from the Platte River Picnic area or Riverside livery to just above Loon Lake and then carry your tube for a 10 minute walk back to your car.
If you have more time, you can take a 2 hour float. In this case, you will put in at the Fish Weir just below Loon Lake and float to the mouth of the Platte where it flows into Lake Michigan. In this case, you will have to carry your tube about 1/4 mile from the road to the river along a gravel road to the Fish Weir and shuttle your car to the parking lot at Platte Point at the end of Lake Michigan Road where you will end your trip.
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...