Sleepy Hollow State Park of Charlevoix County, Michigan
Take US-27 (just N. of I-69) to the Price Road exit. Price Road E. (turn right) about 5.5 miles. Park entrance on left (N.) side of road.
7835 E. Price Road
Laingsburg MI 48848-9438
Phone Number: (517) 651-6217
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 2678 (Acres)
Sleepy Hollow State Park, located in Clinton County 20 minutes north of Lansing, contains more than 2,600 acres and is situated on Price Road off from US-27 near St. Johns and Laingsburg. A river winds its way through the woods and fields of the park, and Lake Ovid is nestled in the middle of it all. Lake Ovid, covering 410-acres, was developed by damming the Little Maple River. The park offers year-round opportunity for recreation.
More than 228 species have been recorded in Sleepy Hollow, from the common Blue Jay to the Eastern Bluebird. During migration, look for waterfowl in Lake Ovid. The rarely recorded Bonaparte's Gull or Bald Eagle also have been sighted.
- Michigan State Park Explorer Program - Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the State Park Explorer Program.
- Hunting - Park lands are open to hunting and trapping during the appropriate seasons. The hunting is excellent for ducks, deer, rabbit and squirrel. Turkey, woodcock, pheasant, quail and grouse are also found in the park.
- Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers. Located on Lake Ovid.
- Fishing - Lake Ovid has proven to be a very popular fishing lake with a wide variety of fish such as muskie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, rock bass, perch, catfish and bullheads. Two fishing piers are available as well as access to various shore fishing sites.
- Canoeing - Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities at Sleepy Hollow State Park.
- Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. For the day-user, a beach is located northwest of the campground with picnic tables, beach house and phones. Three picnic areas are located within the park. Each of the picnic areas have vault toilets, hand water pumps, picnic tables, grills and a shelter.
- Picnic Shelter(s) - The East Picnic Shelter has a fireplace, the Island Picnic Area offers a bridge to the largest island on Lake Ovid, and the West Picnic Shelter offers access to shore fishing. Each shelter is available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis or is reservable at $50 a day. Call the park for reservations at (517) 651-6217.
- Hiking - There are more than 16 miles of hiking trails that take you through prairie grasses, hardwood forest and stands of pine trees.
- Bridle Trails - Trails may have other designated uses. In addition there are over six miles of horse trails, open to day users who trailer their horses in for the day. Horses are allowed on horse trails only. Bridle Trails are maintained and managed by the Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association (SHTRA) Please click here for more information on SHTRA
- Mountain Biking - More than 16 miles of trails are open for biking, mountain biking and hiking.
- Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4 Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground. Snowmobiling is allowed in the west end of the park when there is at least four inches of snow on the ground. Snowmobiles are prohibited on cross country ski trails, and must have a current registration.
- Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. Boat launch and parking area are paved. Lake Ovid is a "No Wake" lake inside Sleepy Hollow State park. There are 2 boating access sites in Clinton County maintained by the park, Muskrat Lake and Looking Glass River. See the Michigan Recreational Boating Information System for more information.
- Concession/Store - Kayaks, rowboats, paddleboats and pontoon boats are available for rent.
- Cross Country Ski - All trails in Sleepy Hollow State Park are open to cross country skiing.
- Metal Detecting Areas - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
- Fishing in the Parks - Learn more about fishing at Fishing in the Parks, a free educational program.
- Other - In addition to the activities listed above, snowshoeing is a popular activity at Sleepy Hollow State Park. Sleepy Hollow State Park is also active in Green Initiatives
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and the USDA Forest Service.