Platte River Campground is located in the southern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan. This year-round facility is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park. It is within walking distance of the Platte River and a short walk or drive away from the Lake Michigan shore. Hikers can access many of the areas day use and backpacking trails just north of the campground.
Summer temperatures range from the upper 70s to 90s during the day and 50s to 70s at night. Winters are cold, with daytime highs in the 20s to 30s and lows in the 10s and 20s; snow is usually on the ground from late November through March.
The campground lies in a wooded area within walking distance of the Platte River and less than two miles away from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Although the lakeshore is long and narrow, it has northern hardwood and conifer forests, abandoned farm meadows, wetlands, lakes, streams, bogs and splendid examples of a glacially formed landscape.
The most prominent features in the park, and those for which it is named, are the perched sand dunes above Lake Michigan. The overlooks at Sleeping Bear, Empire and Pyramid Point bluffs are about 400 feet above the lake. With 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and streams, the park is wonderfully water-oriented.
Campers can hike, canoe, kayak and fish on the river or the lake. There are canoe rentals at nearby Platte River Point, where the river meets the lake (the point also has beach access for those wishing to drive there). The Platte Plains trail system boasts more than 25 miles of trails, some of which can be accessed a short walk away from the campground. Trails to the primitive White Pine backcountry campground are also close by.
This facility is well-maintained, well-organized and offers a wide variety of sites, including back-in and pull-through sites with electric hookups for RVs, tent-only sites, walk-in sites, group sites (hike-in, tent-only) and a nearby backcountry campground. Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. Each loop has restrooms with flush toilets and sinks. Hot showers are also available. The group sites allow no more than 25 people per site; pets and RVs are not permitted in them.
Picnicking: Picnic Tables
Visitor Center: Ranger Station
Day Use Area: Amphitheater
Loop 4 is no electric but modern bathrooms- keeps out most motor homes, mostly tents in this part. sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore with tubing, kayaking on Olatte ending in lake MI
Lots of campsites 30 to 50 feet away from the roadway offering appropriate privacy. Woods and bushes separating campsites. Shower houses in excellent condition and clean. Pads for tents in place. Plenty of trails and access to waterfront of Lake Michigan.
Take your time and enjoy the dunes.
Pretty isolated from any grocery and convenience stores, fuel. So, plan ahead your meals.
Has a wonderful beach area on Lake Michigan as well as the Platte river.
This is a beautiful wooded campground. Spaces are large, clean, and spaced well apart. RV sites are paved and also have enormous level tent pads. There is a fire ring with a grate for cooking. There is ample woods from which you can gather kindling. Firewood must be certified and can be purchased in area. The bathrooms and shower were so clean and roomy. Plus there were outlets in bath, shower, and the camp sink area. There are electric and non electric sites available as well as group sites and walk in sites. You can make reservations six months out but be ready to click reserve at 8:00 am. sharp for the site you want. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sits on Lake Michigan. The lake is beautiful and accessible in many places The dunes are a challenge to climb. Definitely do that. There are historical places of interest to visit, ferry rides to islands, rivers to tube, kayak or canoe. And there are Michigan cherries to pick if you are there in July! I’d give this campground a A+ rating.
Nice campground, well shaded and decently spaced out sites. Not too full even on a holiday weekend! Likely due to the fact there is a beautiful large state park nearby if you need more amenities.
There's also a great little brewery only 2.5 miles away which has a food truck that serves some awesome meals. We made the trip into Traverse City for the Cherry Festival to see the Blue Angels and took Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive which is worth the fee.
The campround is wonderful. Most sites are very large, shaded, private and have level areas for tents or campers. There is a (long) walking trail to the beach, and many areas to hike, fish or tube down a river nearby. My only “complaint” is that once we had children there wasn’t a playground for easy access to entertainment. We can’t wait to get back!
I have been camping here since I was five! The campsites are well maintained and spacious so you are not right on top of your neighbor. The hiking trails are easily accessible and take you through some of the most gorgeous scenery you have ever seen. There is about a 20ish minute drive to the beach where you get to experience the best of both worlds where Platte river dumps you out into Lake Michigan. The river is always a bit warmer than the lake so even if your not ready to brave the cold you can still enjoy the water! The beach is great for rock hunters as well once I found a petoskey Stone the size of a grapefruit! Make sure you read the signs on the beach though because it is a nesting spot for piping plovers which are endangered so make sure you don’t go into the roped off areas. The campground offers all sorts of educational programs that will be enjoyed by all ages. The rangers are helpful and nice, they are always ready to answer any questions you may have. The facilities are clean and well maintained and the campground has a great layout. This is definitely my number one choice when in the area!
This campground has excellent, spacious sites. We were a mile walk to the lake and even less to the River where salmon were swimming upstream as we canoed. The location of the campground to the Dunes and small towns were easily navigated. This was a very special area and this campground was an excellent, private host for it all.
I had never been to Sleeping Bear Dunes before and I choose this campground based solely off of online choices. Also it was further south so I had less driving to catch the ferry back to WI the next morning.
I was very surprised at the well set up campsites and roads into the campground. Staff was very friendly, but this was also the beginning of the season, so the place wasn't busy either.
I was very surprised to find there are free showers available and they were actually warm! The site itself was moderately large. I could have fit 2 4 person tents comfortably or 3 smaller tents. Maybe more if you don't use the fire ring. The site was also fairly isolated from neighboring sites, I could hear other people but not see them for the most part.
There is also a trail that leads to Lake Michigan at one of the campground that was very nice.
I stayed here two nights and loved it. The fee is $16 a night and the campsites are nice and spacious. This campground is only 20 min drive to the lakeshore and sits on the beautiful Platte River. There are a few trails along the river. I would for sure go back to this campground!