Things To Know Before You Come

Platte River Campground closed during repaving
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning pavement work for May and June, 2015 in the Platte River Campground. Ordinarily 122 of the campground’s 179 campsites can be reserved for May 15 - October 15. For 2015, because of pavement work, no campsites can be reserved until July 1, 2015. Campsites can be reserved for July 1 - October 15, 2015, and these reservations can be made six months in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on-line at

All Platte River Campground campsites will open in the spring on a first come, first served basis as the pavement work allows. The campground will be open from May 22 - 25, 2015 for the Memorial Day weekend. The entire campground will then close on May 26, 2015. The pavement work is tentatively scheduled to take place from May 26 - June 30, 2015. If the pavement work is completed prior to June 30, 2015, the campground will re-open on a first come, first served basis.

For more information please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5010.

Fee-Free Days and Weekends

America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better this year with fee-free days at more than 100 national parks, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends in 2015:

  • January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 14-16 - President's Day Weekend
  • April 18-19 - First weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.

Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

We are glad you are coming to Sleeping Bear Dunes! Search this section of the web site to find information about local lodging and where to eat while in the area.

If you are bringing a pet, you will want to check our pets page so you and your pet can have an enjoyable trip. There are some areas that have restrictions and it is helpful to know about them before you come.

Many areas in the park provide accessibility for those with disabilities, so check it out here and incorporate these areas into your trip plan.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630


(231) 326-4700

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