The Platte Plains lie just south of Empire. In a curve of the M22 starts the "Trails End Road", which leads you along a gravel road, between Otter Lake and Bass Lake, until you a reach a car park (with toilets), some 100 meters from Bass Lake.
Hence you can choose between different trails (for hiking or skiing in winter).
We walked from the parking area to Lake Michigan (partly following the Lasso Loop to Lake Michigan, just after the White Pine Backcountry Campground).
Through the forest to a deserted part of the beach
Rich fauna in the forest