Empire Township Campground

empire_campground.jpg Empire Township Campground


7264 W. Osborn Road
P.O. Box 234
Empire, MI 49630-0234

   231-326-5285

We are accepting reservations for 2021. Reservations are accepted 365 days a year.

The Empire Township Campground is open from May 15th to September 30th. The 60 site rustic campground is located in a wooded area and is 5 miles from the Village of Empire  and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore headquarters. The campground is divided into a Hardwoods Section, a Pine Tree Section and features 9 campsites with electricity and 3 group sites.  Camping fees are as follows:       

Tent Site: $25 - $28/night  Electric Site: $30+/night  Group Site: $45+/night 

Coin operated showers, one flush toilet, ice, and wood are available on site.  Outhouses and drinking water are located throughout the campground as well.

NOTICE: No firewood/logs from outside Leelanau County are allowed to be brought into the campground. Please purchase firewood only from local vendors. Bringing firewood into the campground from anywhere else can rapidly spread destructive pests and diseases.

 PLEASE EMAIL YOUR RESERVATION REQUEST WITH INFORMATION TO:

empiretownshipcampground@gmail.com

Please provide the following information in your email:

     1a) Arrival Date

     1b) Departure Date

       2) Number of people in your party (including children).

       3) Type of site you are requesting:

           *Tent

           *Electric

           *Group

If a tent site, the number & size of tent(s). One tent is allowed per site. Two tents may be allowed based on size. There is a $5.00 charge for an additional tent per night.

If you are camping with a RV, pop-up camper etc., please provide the size so manager can place you in an appropriate sized site.

       4) Number of vehicles in your party.

       5) Provide your billing address and cellular telephone number. The manager will contact you for credit card deposit information to secure and complete your reservation.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A non-refundable one night deposit is required to secure your site and a 50% deposit if you are reserving for more than 7 nights.

  • If you cancel your reservation you will lose your deposit.
  • Cancellations 48 hours prior to your reservation date will be charged 50% of the total sum of your stay.
  • Last Minute Cancellations made after business hours on the day before your reservation or on the day you are scheduled to arrive will be charged for the full stay of your reservation.


For safety measures due to Covid-19, we are implementing EXPRESS CHECK-IN PROTOCOL. On your scheduled date of arrival your remaining balance shall be posted to your credit card information on file. You may go directly to your assigned site after the 1:00pm check-in time. Please update 24 hours in advance (during office business hours) any changes such as number of people, vehicles, tents, or other accommodations. Those who wish to settle their balance by other means of payment,  MUST PAY BEFORE 6:00pm (the office closing hours).

Please practice 6 feet social distancing and use hand sanitizers at campground facilities locations. The office is equipped with a Ozone Room Air System and a LED/UVA Wand Laser Sanitizer to combat viruses, germs, bacteria, mold, and more!

Important Dogs Rules:

1) All dogs must be on a leash at ALL TIMES & remain only on your site!

2) Never leave your dog unattended or left alone at the campsite.

3) You must pick up after your dog(s) and keep your site clean. There is a $20 fee for dog droppings that are not picked up or for leaving an unclean area at your site or where you walk your dog.

           Please take a moment to review our "Campground Map" and "Rules & Regulations" at the links provided below.

 Check In Time: 1:00 pm   

   Check Out Time: 11:00 am (A late fee will apply for unauthorized late check-outs.)                                                                                       

Closed for Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Click here for Campground Map

Click here for Campground Rules