Camping In and around the Sleeping Bear Dunes
For campers, there are a wide range of choices for camping in and around Sleeping Bear Dunes.
In the national lakeshore, the National Park Service offers camp sites with electricity, showers and modern restroom; more rustic camp sites without electricity or showers and vault restrooms; and primitive camping on the mainland and on North and South Manitou Islands. The islands can be reached via a passenger ferry operated by Manitou Island Transit out of Leland. For more information, visit www.leelanau.com/manitou. There are additional charges for camping and for the passenger ferry.
Private campgrounds are also available in most of the communities in the region. As with the campgrounds within Sleeping Bear Dunes, they vary dramatically in terms of facilities and costs.
For more information, http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm.
Although discussed at the link above, it is important to note that as of February of 2007 a major change was made throughout the National Park System with regard to reservations. Essentially, all reservations will now be made through a new system, the National Recreation Reservation Service. That service was created with the goal of simplifying trip planning. To make use of it, campers wishing to reserve a site should call 1.887.444.6777 or visit www.recreation.gov.