The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers some of the best backpacking in Michigan. White Pine Backcountry Campground permits may be obtained at the Platte River Campground Ranger Station during the summer or from the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center the rest of the year. This campground has six sites and is located about two miles from the Trail End trailhead on the Platte Plains hiking trail south of Empire, just off of M-22. The campground is located about 1/2 mile from the Lake Michigan shore where you can obtain fresh water. There is no well water at the campground, so if you use water from Lake Michigan, it must be treated before drinking.