D.H. Day Campground

The D.H. Day Campground location is in Empire, Michigan
49630. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the D.H. Day Campground facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Attn: D.H. Day Campground

Phone number
231-326-4700 ext 5035


Campground information Empire, Michigan


D.H. Day Campground is located in the northern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan. 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS A MAP OF D.H. DAY CAMPGROUND: www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/dhdaycamp.htm

This rustic campground is one of the most popular in Northern Michigan and is open (weather permitting) from the first Friday in April through the last Sunday in November. Reservations are required May 1 through October 15. Campsites are within walking distance of the Lake Michigan shoreline and a short drive to many popular features in the park. Summer temperatures range from the upper 70s to 90s during the day, and 50s to 70s at night. 

As with all NPS sites Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is following all CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces found at: https://www.cdc.gov/…/pdf/Reopening_America_Guidance.pdf This includes routine cleaning of outside surfaces, showers and restrooms, plus twice a day deep cleaning/disinfecting of showers and restrooms using EPA approved disinfectants against Covid-19. Our campground offices have implemented once a day disinfecting at opening, then all touched surfaces will be disinfected after each group uses the office, barriers have been installed on the desks, our staff wear masks, and only one group will be allowed into the office at a time. For more on how the NPS is responding to Covid-19 you can also go to: https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm Please call the visitor center at 231-326-4700, ext. 5010 if you have a specific question about one of the park’s safety measures. 


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s rustic D.H. Day Campground is beautifully wooded. Campers can swim, canoe, kayak, fish and relax along the shoreline of the campground. The multi-use Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail passes through the campground opening up 20+ miles of biking and hiking. There are canoe and bicycle rentals nearby in the village of Glen Arbor. The historic village of Glen Haven is a short 15-minute walk away. Multiple hiking trails, the Dune Climb, and the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are just a short drive away. D.H. Day Campground is the perfect launching point for a fun-filled stay at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


With 81 beautifully wooded campsites, shared water spigots, and vault toilets, D.H. Day provides a more rustic camping experience. 

Free hot showers are available at Platte River Camground, located 17 miles south along highway M-22. 

Each campsite has a parking area, large picnic table, fire ring and tent pad. Firewood is also sold in the campgound via a self-serve vending trailer. 

Natural Features

D.H. Day Campground lies in the middle of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near the historic village of Glen Haven. The spacious wooded campsites are no more than a 5-minute walk to the Lake Michigan beach. Features include northern hardwood and conifer forests, old farm meadows, wetlands, lakes, streams, bogs, and splendid examples of glacially formed landscapes. The beautiful, perched sand dunes, for which the parked is named, are just a few minutes’ drive from the campground.   


For local information, please call (231) 326-4700 or call (877) 444-6777 for general information.

Nearby Attractions

D.H. Day Campground is within minutes of the lakeside Village of Glen Arbor and the Historic Village of Glen Haven. The Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are a short drive to the south. The Alligator Hill Trail is less than a mile away. The Crystal River winds its way to Lake Michigan just a few short miles to the north. The harbor town of Leland is approx. 30 minutes away and is the gateway to both North and South Manitou Island. 

Charges & Cancellations

Campers must notify the campground office at 231-334-4634 if they will not arrive within 24 hours of the check-in time or their reservation will be cancelled; 

• They will be charged a $20 no show fee and forfeit the first night’s recreation fee for the campsite.

• Staff will hold a campsite until 2:00 pm on the day after the scheduled arrival date.

Other www.recreation.gov fees include:

Any cancelled reservation refund will have a $10 service fee withheld.

Switching to dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates: $10 change fee.

Cancelling a reservation, the day before or on the day of arrival: $10 service fee AND forfeit the first night’s camping fee.

Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid but will not be subject to an additional service fee.

Group Site Reservations cancelled less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10 service fee AND forfeit the first night’s camping fee

For a complete explanation of all recreation.gov change and cancellation policies visit https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies 

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Empire, MI

How do I make a reservation with D.H. Day Campground?

To make reservations at D.H. Day Campground, you can call the office at 231-326-4700 ext 5035.

A National Park Service entrance pass for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is required for each vehicle:

  • $25 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore entrance fee (1-7 days).
  • $45 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Annual pass (if camping more than 7 days).
  • Information about other National Park Service pass options can be found at www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

Where is D.H. Day Campground located?

The D.H. Day Campground is located at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Attn: D.H. Day Campground in Empire,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does D.H. Day Campground have tent or RV camping?

D.H. Day Campground offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 231-326-4700 ext 5035 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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