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Old 01-15-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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I'm anxiously waiting for the 6 month window to book Sleeping Bear Dunes (Platte River?) and Ludington State Park, each for 5 nts in August. Has anyone been there? What did you think? We're an outdoor loving family (hiking, biking, swimming, etc...) and these places sounded right up our alley.

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Old 01-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Have stayed at the Platte River Federal Campground several years now and the sites are great. You have many hiking and Lake Michigan swimming areas. Unless you are into road bike areas there are not many since you cannot take them on the trails on the federal land.

Ludington is a great area but have not stayed there due to the size of our unit in the State Park. Roads are very tight but there are several private campgrounds in the area that will still be great to stay at.
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Ludington is a great area but have not stayed there due to the size of our unit in the State Park. Roads are very tight but there are several private campgrounds in the area that will still be great to stay at.
I also have a 32 ft. The website says it's able to accommodate that size, but with experimentation, I'm unable to pick a site. Does this campsite pick the site for you?

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At the Ludintgon State Park Site you click on 'Make a Reservation at this park' and then click on Campsite.

You will then fill in the information on your group: Dates, Number of days up to 15, Number of people, Lenth of unit and it will then let you know what sites you will fit on.

I just did Ludington July 15th for 4 days and my length, 35 foot, and was told there were no sites that fit my requirements.

This is a problem at this park. There are mostly small sites and not many large ones.

This campground shows no sites for any day. You can also look at the calendar to find what is available by date. Won't let you know always the size of unit.

Very popular park and why we usually go to the RV parks around there and not at the State Park.
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I also did a check for a tent site and find out the park is completely full for 4 days, or even 1 day, starting 7-15-12.

This park fills.
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Go here to Reserve at Platte River Federal Forest.

The State Forest Campground is rustic only.

And another location that is a private park.

Enjoy that area as it is very very good.
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Thanks so much!

I will try and book the state campgrounds when the 6 month window opens up for our August dates, which is in February. These state parks will only allow you to pre-book 6 months in advance unless you have a group booking. They are only allowing bookings up until mid July now. I am going to investigate the private one you sent me.

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I just made mine in Tawas for July 16. The new inventory comes available at 8 am M-F and 9 am on the weekends and holidays.

In the parks that are in demand everyone gets on it right away when the new inventory shows up.

You might even go north of Ludington to Orchard Beach in Manistee. Still on Lake Michigan and very nice.
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I just made mine in Tawas for July 16 .....snip
I've always enjoyed camping at Tawas Point SP, great base camp for bicycle riding on the "sun-rise" side of the state.

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At these MI state park campgrounds, are you able to pick your site? All that comes up in availability is "Type 5", "Type 6", etc...

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