Very short walk to the beach (which is mostly private). The site was heavily wooded and ~1 mile hike in from where you park. The walk itself to the campsite was very level and smooth. Would 10/10 recommend
D. H. Day Campground is a family favorite and looked forward to any opportunity to go! Located in Empire, Michigan and part of the National Park Service and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Located directly on Lake Michigan's shoreline and in close proximity to everything outdoors and cool…its the place to go! Sleeping Bear Dunes is a must see and experience…every aspect of the dunes! Climb the Dunes and make your way to the beach…on the Dunes Trail…its gotta be the longest mile you'll push through sand…but well worth the dip in Lake Michigan at its end.
From atop the initial climb, turn back and behold the turquoise waters of the sandy bottomed Glen Lake…you'd swear you were in the tropics.
On the north end of the Dunes, where the roadway deadends into the Lake, is the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum (now that's a mouthful). The museum is interesting and full of history of the predecessors of the Coast Guard. Learn of the ships that had gone down in these tempestuous waters. Watch reenactments of bringing the cannon out that shot the rescue line across the sinking vessel. Great stuff!
The local towns are quaint and Glen Arbor is the draw. The lure of ice cream is always a plus…and the local pizza shop (Riverfront PIzza and Deli), where you can sit on the porch, perched on the hairpin of Crystal River. D.H. Day Campground too, is set on the shores of Lake Michigan…offering miles of beach to comb…and cool, clear water to relax in.
Grand views of the North and South Manitou Island from the beach of D.H. Day invite you to take the ferry or paddle your way to isolated, primitive camping on North Manitou Island's Village Campground. Facilities are more than adequate, the 88 sites offer a measure of privacy, and its always been quiet. If you have kiddos, the rangers offer several programs to keep their interest.
Bring your bikes, your boats and boards…and use them all. Several nice hiking trails exist inland as well…and are loaded with blackberries and huckleberries. Roads are traveled lightly enough where cycling is enjoyable.
Sunsets are spectacular! Plan a visit…you will thank me!
**Always check warnings and alerts on their website…they were closed for a spell after a horrendous storm whipped through and felled a lot of trees in the campground.
Great access to dunes, beautiful state and national park. Sites are leveled, cleared and overall very well kept. I liked the tent sites best. Wooded in between most sites.