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Popple Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The Popple Campground is the furthest from the dock (about 3.5 miles), so you are likely to have fewer people camping there. The campground is close to the beach on the northern tip of the island. Bring water filtration equipment since there is no source of purified drinking water. There are 7 individual sites

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Popple Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in Michigan

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Popple Campground - South Manitou Island directions and information are available at https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/smipopplecamp.htm.

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9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630

Coordinates

45.046024 N
86.116205 W

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2021

perfect wilderness experience

beautiful, rugged, true backcountry camping experience

Sitenearest the village
Month of VisitOctober
Max O.
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2019

Nice campground

Friendly staff, plenty of space to spread out, really nice not to be so close to your neighbors! Beautiful area you can't go wrong here

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Popple Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by Max O., August 22, 2019
  • Review photo of Popple Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by Max O., August 22, 2019
Ashley W.
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2018

Loved it!

This was the second place on our stop while visiting Michigan. The first place we stayed was nice, but super busy because there was a beach and lake. This place wasn't very busy because it was a bit isolated from other campgrounds. This campground is the furthest from the dock area, so less people travel to here. There was probably about 5 other families while we were here, which is surprising because it was mid July. I guess there are only like 7-8 sites, so that makes sense. We reserved our site online. The island is beautiful, and the beach area was amazing! Very clean, and private. Felt like we were on our own little island. The campground was clean as well. The attendants/rangers were super helpful and nice. They directed us to our location as well as give us some ideas for great hiking in the area. Definitely bring lots of water or some sort of filtration system because there is no fresh water to drink. The nice thing about a smaller campground and less sites is that they were separated really well. There was quite a bit of space between the sites, so it didn't feel like you were right on top of each other. Did some beautiful hikes that overlooked the water! I would 100% come back and enjoy this private campground again!

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Popple Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by Ashley W., October 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Popple Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by Ashley W., October 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Popple Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by Ashley W., October 29, 2018
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