Platte River Campground

Honor, Michigan



Honor, Michigan
Phone: (231) 326-5134

Sites: 179
Recent Rate: $27 7/2016

Latitude: 44.712830019194
Longitude: -86.119079589844

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

21 Reviews

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Our second visit in six years. Beautiful park with a dense forest of pine and deciduous trees. Lots of privacy between sites. Also very quiet night and day. The location is perfect; right in the middle of one of the most scenic areas of the county with hundreds of miles of hiking and multi-use trails along with charming villages like Frankfort and an easy drive to Traverse City and all its attractions. The campground is a adjacent to a very pretty beach where the Platte River terminates in Lake Michigan. The beach was soft sand and the water surprisingly warm. One may also canoe on the Platte River.

The campsites are electric only. This is no big deal except for the fact that the shower house next to our site #109 had only two showers. Some nights there were six or more people waiting their turn! There seemed to always be some sort of wait regardless of time of day. Perhaps the end of the token showers has its consequences...Regardless, the Park Service needs to add showers. The bathrooms and showers were usually OK, sometimes clean and sometimes seemed neglected for a day or so. We did not receive any TV stations over the air, and our At&t cell phone had weak signal strength. There is a convenience store right outside the campground for basic groceries; otherwise you can travel about 15 minutes to Buelah for a full scale grocery store. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
109
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you need to do laundry, there's one in Frankfort that has a library (with children's section and computers) and a playground just down the street from the laundromat.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

The park was very clean as always. Sites are not all level but are paved with good grills, table areas, and tent site areas for each site. Trail to the lake is good. Wood is available at the site and dry. Electric and showers used to be extra and now are included in the base fee which makes this a real good deal. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
318
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Sleeping Bear NP is close as the museum, Coast Guard rescue sites and many small town items. Cherry Bowl Drive In Theater is great and working all weekends of the summer. Don't miss the Cherry Hut in Beulah as the food is fantastic. We went to the Empire Asparagus Festival for the parade and some shopping.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Very busy September mid-week. Weather was great so the campers came out! Sites are paved and level. Very spacious sites with just enough distance between.

2/3 of the sites are reservable. Loop 2 and part of loop 4 are "first-come-first-served". I recommend reservations but we did luck into a site without one. The next morning I had to check-in and find another site, again with luck there was one. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Loop 1 - 108
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Take a river kayak trip from the place at the park entrance. Take the 1.2 mile "RR Grade trail" to Lake Michigan.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped at Platte River for the second time in October, 2014. We thoroughly enjoy this park. The campsites are paved, level, and spaced generously apart. Sites are set in the woods with just the right amount of privacy--you can see your neighbors but can't hear their conversations, etc. The majority of the sites are on the outside of the loops, so you have no one camping behind you. The bathrooms are newer, well maintained, and immaculately clean. The showers require tokens, but are very nice. There is a dishwashing sink outside each bathroom which helps you conserve water usage/dumping as there are no water or sewer hookups. There is much to do in the area. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline was voted the most beautiful place in America on ABC's Good Morning America several years ago for good reason. Beautiful sandy beaches stretch for miles. There are lighthouses to visit, trails to hike, dunes to climb, lakes to kayak, etc. The Platte River runs parallel to the campground--it is very shallow and warm--tubing down the river is the ultimate in relaxation! We camped at Platte River Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Reservations are a must during the summer months. Reserve 6 months in advance, or check daily for cancellations.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved our six night stay here and would have stayed longer if we could. The rate reflects a senior discount. I never give more than a 7 usually to a park with electricity that does not have water but this was just such a great place. The one drawback is that it is 10 miles from the rest of Sleeping Bear Dunes national seashore and there are few trails here although there is the shallow Platte river to canoe or kayak. Would definitely return. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely campground, and being summer, and the holiday, it was booked solid. Even so, it did not feel crowded in the campground. The sites are mostly large, somewhat level, although what qualifies as pull through sites here are pretty small. Access to Lake Michigan through the RR trail from each loop, and the beach was not ever crowded, even though it was hot. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 431
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

4 paved loops plus a walkin tent area. Loops 1, 2 & 3 have optional electric $5 a night extra. Sites 1, 3 and most of loop 4 can be reserved for an extra $3 per night. NOTE: no generators allowed anywhere in this CG. There is potable water in each of the loops. Sites in all 4 loops are paved and vary in length, as noted all tires must be on the pavement. The hosts check on this on a regular basis. Best bet for a cold one is the Lumberjacks in Honor, food was ok, $2.50 domestic bottles, $2 during happy hour. Glen Arbor had real good food at Art's Tavern, but pricey for drinks, $3.75 domestic pints. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We lucked into a cancellation and reserved a great site in this campground less than a week before arriving! We were told that waiting six months is the norm! Our cheap rate is due to getting a senior pass 50% discount and includes paying an additional $5. per night for electric, which was 50amp. We were in site #101, which was large enough for our 35' fifth wheel but parking the truck and keeping it on the pavement as required was a bit of a challenge. Beautiful campground in a gorgeous area! Very close to Lake Michigan and the Climbing Dunes and several very nice little towns that cater to tourists. Lots to see and do in this area, including kayaking and tubing on the Platte River. The program given by the campground interpreter was interesting and the rangers were friendly. The National Park Visitor's Center is worth a visit. We would definitely return to this campground and stay as long as possible! We camped at Platte River Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite campgrounds. The sites are large and separated by plenty of trees, so you don't feel too close to your neighbors. It is extremely peaceful and beautiful. The park rangers were very friendly. You can walk to Lake Michigan, and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is just a short drive North. Our original reservation was for one night, but we liked it so much that we stayed an extra night. We will definitely camp here again. The $24 fee included an additional $5 for using the electricity. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

A very peaceful campground in one of the most beautiful areas of the Great Lakes. All of the sites are paved and equipped with electric only. The sites are nicely separated, some of the best we've seen in any park. I would estimate that the adjacent sites from us were about 75-100 feet away through trees. If you choose wisely, you may be able to secure a site close enough for your water hose to reach one of the water spigots scattered around the park. Some of the sites are less favorable than others because the pads are very short, or the picnic table is far behind the site rather than along side it. We were in site 315; and while it was nicely shaded and had a lengthy pad, a trail ran right behind the pad that separated the front of the site from the picnic table. All day long we had people passing through while hiking the trail. As for the campground itself, it is very, very quiet with no bright lights at night and also very wooded. The restrooms were cleaned regularly. A shower token purchased at the vending machine at the Ranger Station gets you 3 minutes (you get two tokens for a dollar.) There is no camp store, but there is a self-serve vending trailer that you can purchase firewood from for $5 a bundle. Within walking distance from the campground, however, is a canoe rental / convenience store that has plenty of what you might need from a camp store. If not, larger grocery stores are about 10 miles away in Buelah. Our cell phones worked but with a weak signal, and we were unable to pull in any TV stations (digital or analog.) I saw others that seemed to have some success, so perhaps it was our particular site location that caused the issue. As for getting a site, we booked ours; but the first-come, first-serve loops 1 & 2 were usually half full and also very nice. The least crowded day was a Monday, so that's when I would plan an arrival if you want one of those sites. Sleeping Bear Dunes and the surrounding communities are an amazing natural beauty. The dunes rise nearly 500 feet above lake Michigan and there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails and other activities to enjoy. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The site was very large and the surrounding woods made it very private. The campground charges $5 per night for electric and about $1 per shower. There is no sewer. We would have preferred water and sewer hookups, but that aside this is a beautiful, quiet campground in a very beautiful place. We tubed down the Platte River, climbed the dunes and loved the beach. It is a wonderful family campground that I will be sure to visit again. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We reserved our site 6 months prior in Loop #3 and were not disappointed! Most of the sites (especially those on the outside of the loop) very spacious and had lots of trees for privacy. Would have given this campground a 10 if it had water hook-ups and better nightly programs at the amphi-theatre. (The ranger who hosted the program was reading from notes which made it boring). There is a nice stream running beside the road leading to the campground where you can go tubing, kayaking or canoeing. Wished they would have mentioned this in the campground description so I could have brought my canoe along rather than renting one. Overall, a great park and I would definitely go back again. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved it! Great campground, outstanding National Park! Plan a week or more to get everything in! We camped at Platte River Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

I'm old enough to remember when this campground (it's not an RV park with modern entertainment!) was Benzie State Park with gravel roads, pit toilets, and the like. My elderly parents and dog went with me--the sites are all mostly private, paved and level pads, picnic table and grill/firepit in each site, and where we were in Loop 1/Site 124, we had a clear shot for satellite to watch TV on cold nights. Hot showers do cost $1 for 2 3-minute tokens, but it reminds you to not waste water or energy. NPS staff are incredible--the ranger who checked us in actually came out to my vehicle to verify my parents' senior status and saved us money! While there is no water or sewer on the sites, the sanitation station has two lanes and is easily accessible. Hands-down the best blend of camping and RV amenities for those who don't need a pool, room service, or 24-hour entertainment in order to experience nature. We will be back! We camped at Platte River Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

This place is a jewell in the national park service. I recommend that everybody stays here for a extended vacation. Get here early in the morning for the 7am "lotto" so you can get a spot in the rustic area or in the electric area. if you walk over the hill toward the highway, you can tube down the platte river (20 -25 minutes) and take a short walk back (5 minutes )and end up next to the riverview store. many natural attractions are local, grocery stores in frankfurt, or honor, crystal lake and it's local towns are nearby, and Traverse City is about 33 miles away if you need anything. well worth going to and staying for a while We camped at Platte River Campground in a Motorhome.

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