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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We arrived to the park at 1 am on a Thursday and we were 8th in line. As an anxious person, I was concerned that I wasn't doing something right. However come 7:30 am the rangers began handing out tickets, which you then brought to the office at 8 am. They had 22 spots open that day so there was... More 

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1 Thank Cassidy G
Plainwell, Michigan
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

This campground is the perfect location to experience sleeping bear dunes. Spacious private sites located only a short walk away from a gorgeous beach with the clearest water. You can't beat the price either, $12 a night. The campground is a very popular spot though and it can be difficult to get a site since it is first come first... More 

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3 Thank Mallory H
Allen Park, Michigan
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

Highly recommended rustic campground, big spacious spots to set up all of your camping gear and give you a level of privacy from other camp sites. A nice feeling of being safe as well. Get there early as this place is usually quite busy. The beach is wonderful and for those of you who like to stargaze this is a... More 

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1 Thank William J
Michigan
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40 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

It seems that this area is becoming more busy again after quite a few years of a drop in tourism. We showed up at 4:00am on a Thursday morning, and were the 13th vehicle in line. You have to steel yourself for the experience of getting into the campground, because it is kind of stressful. If they run out of... More 

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38 Thank peacegirl5
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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62 reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

My Boyfriend and I just spent a night (yes, ONE night and I wish it had been more!) staying at DH Day after spending a couple nights in the area and had a great time...the sites felt large and secluded and we were within walking distance to a beautiful beach that we were able to take our dogs to for... More 

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3 Thank Magamillions
Muskegon, Michigan
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14 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

The DH Day Group Campsites are great! Large open and wide spaces to set up multiple tents. Our group of 11 had plenty of room to enjoy our camping trip. Each group site (there are four) come with a fire pit and three picnic tables. The area does have some poison ivy- so be warned. It was a bit windy... More 

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1 Thank Lisa D
Mio, Michigan
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

Whow where do I start first great location , now for my experience rangers everywhere I guess they didn't get the sequester memo they are on you like prison guards, started a fire and ut was smothering when we left and got warned about it ,then I had my two grand babies and we would only be able to set... More 

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5 Thank Terry Ray G
Federal Way, Washington
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Located in Glenn Arbor, MI, a long way south of Traverse City. I have been to some of the best beaches in the world (Hawaii 8 times, Thailand, Caribbean, Turkey, Zanzibar, etc.) and believe me, this is in the top 5 except that the crystal clear water is about 65F, easy to get used to but certainly not warm. White... More 

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3 Thank fsdukejr
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

I wouldn't consider this "Traverse City", but more Glen Arbor. Regardless. 88 rustic sites. Rustic means Pit toilets, and spigots for water. Bring jugs or other water carriers. NO RESERVATIONS at this campground (unlike the park's Platte River campground to the south) but there is a 15-30 site turnaround each day, so if you show up early enough, you'll probably... More 

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15 Thank mitchymomma
Grand Rapids, MI
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17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

This is a great place to stay while visiting Sleeping Bear. The campground is 3 minutes by bicycle from the attractions in Glen Haven and 15 minutes by bicycle from the Dune Climb. The sites are only $12/night. The view from the beach at night is priceless (both the stars and the lights from the houses down the shore). This... More 

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Additional Information about D.H. Day Campground

Address: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, MI
Region: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Number of rooms: 89
Also Known As:
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“After driving around the campground, it didn't look like there was a bad campsite in the park! You cannot go wrong with this one, I recommend to check in as early as possible. This campground fills up early and quickly.”
 of 5 bubbles Magamillions, 24 Jul 2013 | Read review
“No park wants you to import firewood anymore. Stop at a local building site at home and ask the contractor is you can take scrap pieces of 2x4s or end pieces from 2x12s from his scrap pile. Great firewood that is easy to start and won't spread any kind of bugs. Bring bicycles or plan to walk to the Dune climb on the paved, nearly level trail. Drive the Pearce Stocking Drive. Take a trip to South Manitou island.”
  • Wooded campsites
  • Campsite shows picnic table and other sites
  • Wooded campsites, level tent pads, fire ring, pit toilets, fresh water
 of 5 bubbles fsdukejr, 26 Aug 2012 | Read review
“After you arrive and get your line #, you can drive around the campground and pick out a few site choices. Some are better than others. Some are more suited to tent camping and some are more suited for RV's. We were in the 1-31 circle, which seemed farthest from the water, but seemed spacious and ended up with hardly any traffic. The single digits were closest to the water.”
 of 5 bubbles mitchymomma, 7 Aug 2012 | Read review
“If it is hot and/or windy, choose your site carefully. The latrines are kept clean, but the oder does travel at times --- especially if other campers leave the lid up”
 of 5 bubbles gvlaker, 3 Aug 2012 | Read review
“Get there early if you want to get a spot! It's not an exaggeration that people start lining up the night before during busy times!”
 of 5 bubbles LinHub, 11 Apr 2012 | Read review
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