D.H. Day Campground

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's rustic D. H. Day Campground: beautifully wooded, peacefully quiet and easily accessed from the Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and the museums. If you and your family enjoy a slightly more rugged camping experience, then D. H. Day Campground is probably for you! With 88 private sites and easy access to a Lake Michigan beach from the north end of the campground, D. H. Day provides an excellent setting for a calming family vacation. Vault toilets and water spigots are available throughout the campground.

D. H. Day Campground is open from the first Friday in April through the last Sunday in November each year. Reservations are NOT AVAILABLE through the end of the 2018 season and campsites are available only on a first-come, first served basis. The earlier you arrive, the better your chances are at obtaining a site. In addition to the Park Entrance Pass, there is a per-night fee for camping: Fee Information. Campers must stop at the campground office before selecting a campsite. Campers wishing to extend their stay must re-register by 8:00 p.m. the night before their permit expires.

Starting with the 2019 camping season, all campsites at D. H. Day Campground will only be available via reservation from May 1 through October 15. Recreation.gov is working to add these campsites to the reservation system, but will be unable to meet the original go-live date of November 1, 2018. Please check back often for up-to-date information about camping reservations at D.H. Day Campground.

Once Recreation.gov gets us up and running, you'll be able to make reservations six months in advance of the date of arrival, starting November 2018 for May 2019. Call www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. 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, or at www.recreation.gov, or by calling 877-444-6777.

DH Day Campground Office
Register for your camp site at the Office before you set up camp.

Kerry Kelly 2005

During the summer season, there are nightly ranger-led evening programs. From tall tales of local lore to learning more about the lakeshore's environment to beautiful awe-inspiring slide shows that bring nature up-close and personal. 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.

During the summer months the campground ranger station is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. During the Spring and Fall months the ranger stations hours may vary. See the reader board outside the station for times and special messages.

There is a sanitation station available near the campground entrance for the convenience of self-contained camping units. Generator-use is restricted to sites #1 thru 31 (the first loop) and then only from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Quiet hours at the campground are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., although noise levels must be controlled at all times to avoid disturbing other campers. Fires are allowed ONLY in the metal fire rings provided at each site. There is a firewood concession operated right in the campground.


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
Map of D.H. Day Campground

Last updated: November 2, 2018

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9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


(231) 326-4700

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