Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Top Photo: Foggy morning beach walk.

"Once again, a longer day than we prefer, but it was well worth it. It's a short walk through the campground to the shore of Lake Michigan."


D.H. Day Campground - National Park Campground, near Glen Arbor, MI: Site #31 (88 RV sites total - most suitable for RVs) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: vault toilets • dump station available • lake access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 602’ elevation. June 21st - 23rd.

Overall Experience: smile




The D.H. Day Campground is a popular camping spot in the Leelanau District of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's managed by the National Park Service and offers a beautiful setting for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

Location and Features**

  • Situated within walking distance of Lake Michigan shoreline
  • Short drive to various attractions within the park
  • Primitive camping experience with no hookups
  • Access to a stunning beach area exclusive to campers
  • Open from April through November on a first-come, first-served basis

Attractions and Amenities

One of the main reasons why campers choose the D.H. Day Campground is its proximity to the natural wonders of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:

  • Easy access to sand dunes, beaches, and hiking trails
  • Nearby town of Glen Arbor with shops, restaurants, and more

According to reviews, here are some highlights of the campground:

  • Quiet and peaceful atmosphere
  • Breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and dunes
  • Well-maintained facilities including restrooms and water source

In terms of amenities, here's what you can expect at the D.H. Day Campground:

  • Picnic tables for outdoor dining
  • Fire rings for campfires
  • Vault toilets for basic restroom needs

Please note that there are no RV sites available with hookups at this campground. It primarily caters to tent campers and smaller RVs. Additionally, there is no dump station on-site, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Weather and Crowds

During summer, temperatures in the area usually range from the 70s to 80s Fahrenheit, making it an ideal time to visit and enjoy outdoor activities. However, be prepared for variable weather conditions as being close to Lake Michigan can bring sudden changes in temperature and rainfall.

According to a 2009 visitor study, the D.H. Day Campground is one of the less crowded campgrounds within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with an average of 35 visitor groups per day. This is due to its remote location and the park's overall popularity, which tends to attract more visitors to well-known areas.


The D.H. Day Campground is approximately 6 miles away from Glen Arbor, the nearest town. It's important to note that while it offers a serene and secluded camping experience, it may not be suitable for those seeking immediate access to amenities or services.

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