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Although it's been a couple of years, I've lost track of how many times we visited the National Lake Shore and camped at Platte River. It has been a family favorite because the campground is good and being near the lake and the Platte River makes summer visits great. We have always found the campground to be well-maintained, clean, and available to many kinds of campers. There are rustic sites, pull-through sites, and walk-in sites. We really love kayaking or tubing on the river and icecream cones are only a short drive or bike ride away at the livery. The area is very popular for good reason so expect steep competition for camping and parking during the summer.
We loved staying here b/c you are near all these cute towns, yet in a remote wilderness spot (Platte River Campground).
We were able to take a trail from the campground and go on the trail for the dunes. Challenging walk!
We took a river trip with our own boats, and enjoyed the spectacular surroundings. The water is crystal clear and you end at the lake. Epic ending and very picturesque.
Crystal clear, beautiful water. Nice! The campground itself had some wonderful trails and was great.
It's a small rustic campground along the national scenic Pine River.
It gets busy on the weekends with hikers and kayaks, but quits down during the week. I was here 5 days for the Indian Summer and it was fantastic to witness here. Beautiful hiking trail and river.
We spent three nights at Canoe Harbor in mid-September 2020 and thought it was wonderful. Campsites were spacious and had nice stands of trees in between to provide privacy. Fire rings had a great design. Vault toilets were kept clean and stocked. Paths from campsites connect to the Au Sable and to hiking trails. We loved this campground.
We were able to score a last minute site here on an early October weekend. You must make reservations at recreation.gov. They do not accept walk-ins. The trees were a magnificent display of color. Considerable tree cover (no stargazing from the campsite. Very nice bathrooms. Quiet.
This has been out camp for fishing on the South Branch for 20 years now. The campground has far more sites than are ever used, so finding a site is almost always easy. The access to the river is fantastic, with multiple trails and access points easily accessible with a short walk.
The facilities are well maintained and spaced out well throughout the camp.
A recent clear cut has made the North side of camp a little less desirable than it was in the past, I wish the state would have left a bit of a buffer to keep the woods near the campsites.
Overall great campground! Beautiful scenery and well kept. Tent sites had plenty of room on them and lots of privacy. Small walk to your site from where you park but that makes it feel a lot more wild and secluded. They provide a lock box to store food in due to bears in the area. Restroom and shower facility by where you park and those are very nice and well kept to! Plenty outdoor activities to do in the surrounding areas.
I stayed here for two nights recently. The campground is not too large with 18 or 19 sites if I remember correctly. Most of the sites are pretty private and a few are along the river that runs along the campground. The water is very peaceful to listen to while falling asleep.
There are ample vault toilets and enough parking for one or two vehicles on most sites. The sites are not that large, so large RVs will not fit.
Plenty of space for a tent or two per site. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. Finding firewood in the campground is near impossible, so plan to bring some or buy some before you arrive.