D.H. Day Campground

Make a Reservation

Scroll to the reservation tab below or use the reservation system directly on the D.H. Day Campground page of recreation.gov.

Many campsites book six months in advance. Visit the local chamber of commerce websites for information on nearby camping and lodging options.

Operating Hours

Campground Facilities First Day Last Day

D.H. Day Campground Office

May 1

Oct. 16

D.H. Day Campground - spring, first come, first serve

April 27

April 30

D.H. Day Campground - summer, reservations required

May 1

Oct. 15

D.H. Day Campground - fall, first come, first serve


Nov. 27

D.H. Day Group Sites – summer, reservations required

May 1

Oct. 15

D.H. Day Group Sites – first come, first served


April 30

Basic Information

Accessibility Information

Reservations are required from May 1 through October 15. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance of your arrival date and can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Both the phone bank and the website open at 10 a.m. Although reservable dates often fill months in advance, there are frequent cancellations and date changes that result in openings closer to or on the date of arrival. Same-day reservations, as available, will be offered and can be booked either with the park staff at the campground ranger station (credit or debit card only) or online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

During the summer season there are nightly ranger-led evening programs in the campground amphitheater or historic log cabin: hear tales of local folk lore, learn more about the lakeshore's environment, view nature in beautiful awe-inspired slide shows. Evening programs are a great way to start the family's evening campground activities or to end a long, too-much fun, tuckered-out day. Check with the campground staff for times and subject.

The ranger station is staffed daily May 1 - October 16. Hours are posted next to the ranger station door. Throughout the season, campground hosts are on site and available 24/7.
Park information is available on a monitor located on the front porch of the ranger station.
During spring and fall, the ranger station is typically closed or open sporadically.

There is an RV sanitation station available by the ranger station with easy access for self-contained camping units. Generator-use is restricted to sites #1 thru 31 (the first loop) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Quiet hours in the campground are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., although noise levels must be controlled at all times to avoid disturbing other campers. Fires are allowed ONLY in the fire rings provided on the sites and on the beach between the water and the first dune. No fires are permitted in dune grass. Never leave fires unattended and extinguish them with water only. Never bury a beach fire with sand.


Travel Direction: From Empire, MI: Drive north on M-22 for 2 miles to the intersection of M-109, turn left onto M-109, continue for another 5.3 miles (past the Scenic Drive, Dune Climb & entrance to the D.H. Day Group Campground), the entrance to the campground will be on your left. From Glen Arbor, MI: Drive west on M-109 for 1.4 miles, the entrance to the campground will be on your right. Campground address: 8000 W. Harbor Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636. Phone number is 231-326-4700, ext. 5035.

Note that the D.H. Day Group Campground is located at a different location. It is just north of the Dune Climb on M-109 then turn west on Harwood Rd. Parties camping at DH Day Group Campground must check in at the main DH Day Campground to purchase their camping permit before setting up camp.


Map of the roads, campsites, and facilities in the DH Day Campground

Last updated: June 5, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


231 326-4700

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