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Bob and Esther Van Hammen founded Van Hammen Cottages in 1960. They are located on Platte Lake. We have three cabins with breathtaking lakefront views.


We offer four-season family fun! Come and enjoy the tranquility of Platte Lake.

Peak season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) is $900 a week.

Off season is $85 a night.

Call Rick Van Hammen at 231-325-2305 for reservations.

Our resort features three family vacation cabins on an acre of land with 180’ of frontage on the north shore of beautiful Big Platte Lake. Each cabin has two double beds and a bunk bed, a kitchen with all cooking utensils and modern bathroom. Each cabin also has a charcoal grill and picnic table. Bring your own linens and towels.

Free wireless Internet.

Please note: No smoking and no pets in our lakefront cottages!

We also have a classic log cabin nestled in the woods just across the road on Little Platte Lake.

Big Platte Lake, a 2500 acre all-sports lake, is ideal for swimming boating and fishing. Our private, sandy beach is an ideal water-playground for children because of an extensive shallow area, perfect for frolicking, wading, and floating. In the deeper water farther out there is a raft for swimming. Use any of our 4 kayaks, 5 canoes or the rowboat that comes with your cottage and go kayaking, canoeing, or fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike and panfish. Bring your own equipment and go sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing or jet-skiing.

Play a game of horseshoes at the shoreline. Shoot some hoops on our basketball court. Relax in the lawn swings. Toast s'mores around the fire circle as you enjoy breath-taking sunset views over the lake.

Little Platte Lake is a scenic 805-acre lake with quiet, natural beauty, eagles, loons, beaver and great fishing for bass and panfish. The lakes are connected by the Dead Stream and Platte River, which offer excellent canoeing/kayaking and fishing.

Our resort is in a wooded area, adjacent to the awesome Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with its world-famous 'Dune Climb' and Pierce-Stocking Scenic Drive. The white sand beaches of Lake Michigan, where you can swim, walk the shoreline or hunt Petoskey stones, are just 10 minutes away. We are open year-round for summer vacations, fall hunting and fishing, winter skiing and snowmobiling and morel mushroom hunting in the spring.

The area boasts many quaint lakeside towns with wineries, shopping, arts & antiquing, dining, etc. The area offers arts and music at Interlochen Arts Academy, winery tours, golfing, casinos and sightseeing. You can take the family to a drive-in movie theater for family oriented movies at the Cherry Bowl. Tour the lighthouse at Point Betsie. The nearby village of Honor features restaurants, a grocery store, bank, post office, gas station, and video rentals. the Trading Post, which has a deli, pizza & ice cream, as well as bait & tackle, is a short walk from our cottages.

We are only 15 miles from Empire (antiques, beaches, hiking trails) 15 miles to Frankfort (charter fishing, glider rides, shops and restaurants, and 4th of July fireworks) 20 miles to Glen Arbor (galleries, cute shops, restaurants) 15 miles to Crystal Mountain Resort (golf, Michigan Legacy Art Park, #1-rated ski resort in the Midwest) 18 miles to Interlochen (concerts, theater, exhibits, arts camp, arts academy) 25 miles to Traverse City (airport, more restaurants, casinos and shopping at outlet and other malls and of course the National Cherry Festival) 30 miles to Arcadia Bluffs (#1-rated Golf Course in Michigan according to Golf Magazine). Many cross-country ski and snowmobile trails are only minutes away.

Places Nearby


Esch Road-Otter Creek-West
Sleeping Bear Rd, Honor, Michigan 49640
Lake Michigan

Beach, City, Lake

Business Service

Emily Leuenberger Photography
Honor, Michigan 49640
Business Service, Photographer
Century Link
11705 S LARUE St, Empire, Michigan 49630
Business Service

Car Wash

Honor Touchless Auto Wash
10990 Platte St, Honor, Michigan 49640
Car Wash


Lake Township, Benzie County, Michigan


Coffee Shop

Gemma's Coffee Shop
11601 S Lacore Rd, Empire, Michigan 49630
Coffee Shop, Bakery, Restaurant


John Darien Homes North
9000 Demerly Rd, Benzonia, Michigan 49616

Fast Food Restaurant

4349 N Scenic Hwy, Ste M, Honor, Michigan 49640
Fast Food Restaurant

Fishing Store

Crystal Lake Frankfort Mi.
Frankfort, Michigan 49635
Fishing Store

Government Organization

Empire Township Office
10098 W Front St, Empire, Michigan 49630
Government Organization
Benzie County
Beulah, Michigan 49617
Government Organization, Professional Service

Home Improvement

Harris J R Well Drilling
10966 Main St, Honor, Michigan 49640
Home Improvement, Surveyor, Local Service
Classic Interiors and Design
7313 Crystal Ave, Beulah, Michigan 49617
Home Improvement, Retail Company


Mrs. Margaret Ann Wright M.A. CAAC
2943 Indian Hill Rd, Honor, Michigan 49640
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Labrys Resort for Women: Cabin Rentals in Northern Michigan
4115 N Scenic Hwy, Honor, Michigan 49640

Hotel & Lodging

Money's Platte River Inn
10921 Main St, Honor, Michigan 49640
Hotel & Lodging, American Restaurant

Hotel Resort

Riverside Acres Resort
10243 Main St, Honor, Michigan 49640
Hotel Resort, Cottage

Law Firm

Bailey Law Office
10777 S Lacore Rd, Empire, Michigan 49630
Law Firm

Lawyer & Law Firm

Butt Edward T Jr PC
1006 Tiba Rd, Frankfort, Michigan 49635
Lawyer & Law Firm


Glen Lake Community Library
10115 W Front St, Empire, Michigan 49630

Local Business

Big Platte Lake
Honor, Michigan 49630
Local Business
Crystal Downs Country Club - Crystal Downs Course
252 E Crystal Downs Dr, Frankfort, Michigan 49635
Golf Course & Country Club, Arts & Entertainment
Bass Lake
Honor, Michigan 49640
Benzonia Twp, MI 49617
Local Business
Lower Platte river

Platte River Campground Site
5685 Lake Michigan Rd, Honor, Michigan 49640
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C.S.A. Beach
Frankfort, Michigan 49635
Local Business
Taylor Lake

Home Town Pharmacy Honor
Honor, MI
Public & Government Services
Webb Thomas I Jr
Frankfort, Michigan
Local Business
Town Hall
Empire, Michigan 49630
Local Business

Local Service

Shalda Len
11580 S Union St, Empire, Michigan 49630
Local Service, Professional Service
Kerri Mackey-Realtor Coldwell Banker Schmidt-Manistee
Manistee, Michigan 49660
Local Service, Real Estate, Professional Service


Classic Dock and Canvas
8862 US Highway 31, Beulah, Michigan

Masonry Contractor

Benzie Masonry
8965 US Highway 31, Beulah, Michigan 49617
Masonry Contractor, Construction Company

Medical Center

7953 Love Rd, Benzonia, Michigan 49616
Medical Center

National Park

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore

National Park, Region


Westshore Dune Riders
1860 Windy Ridge Ln, Beulah, Michigan 49617

Personal Coach

The Healing Tree
Matlacha, Florida 33993
Personal Coach, Professional Service

Printing Service

Platte River Printing
Beulah, Michigan 49617
Printing Service, Business Service, Office Supplies

Public & Government Services

Glen Lake Fire Department
11530 S Lacore Rd, Empire, Michigan 49630
Public & Government Services


Mouth Of The Platte River

River, Region, Outdoor, Recreation & Fitness

Shopping & Retail

The Leelanau Marketplace
Empire, Michigan 49630
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Bugaboo Fiber Arts and Practical Crafts
Benzonia, Michigan 49616
Shopping & Retail

Shopping Mall

Friesland Investments
Beulah, Michigan 49617
Shopping Mall

Storage Facility

R Storage
2555 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, Michigan 49616
Storage Facility, Wholesale & Supply Store, Home Improvement

Transportation Service

Clare, Michigan 48617
Transportation Service, Automotive, Aircraft & Boat

Vacation Home Rental

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8328 Bay Point Rd, Beulah, Michigan 49617
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