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Hardwoods, meadows and a sparkling blue lake grace the landscape of Sleepy Hollow State Park.
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Hardwoods, meadows and a sparkling blue lake grace the landscape of Sleepy Hollow State Park.
Description - 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.

The terrain at Sleepy Hollow is a mixture of open brush land, mature hardwood forest and pockets of open meadow. Lake Ovid, a 410-acre man-made lake, sits at the park's center. Recreations at this outdoor wonderland offer something for everyone. From a leisurely picnic to an upland bird hunt to a backwoods horse ride, the park attracts thousands of visitors each year. Wildlife is abundant, facilities are clean, and park staff is informative, helpful and friendly. Sleepy Hollow State Park is open all year.

Attractions - Sleepy Hollow State Park offers a long list of activities to the outdoor enthusiast. Located several miles north of Lansing, the capitol city of Michigan, visitor numbers reflect the park's popularity.
The park has a modern campground consisting of 181 sites. Each site has an asphalt pad, fire ring, picnic table and electricity. Two bathhouses, 14 water stations, and a sanitation station service the campground. The secluded campsites are surrounded by 16 miles of hiking and biking trails, 8 miles of horse trails, and a quarter mile of sandy beach. Camping facilities are open April 1 to December 1; modern toilets from May 1 to November 1 only.

A rustic youth organization site is available to youth groups, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church and school groups and their leaders. The campsite has vault toilets, fire rings, hand pump and picnic tables.

Three picnic areas are located within the park. Each of the picnic areas has vault toilets, hand water pumps, picnic tables, grills, playground equipment and a shelter. In addition, the East Picnic Area has a ball field and the picnic shelter is equipped with a fireplace. The West Picnic Area offers a nice view of the lake and the Island Picnic Area offers a bridge to the largest island on Lake Ovid. Each shelter is available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis or is reservable at $50 per day. The beach area includes beach house, pay telephone, and concession.

Lake Ovid, nestled in the middle of the park, was developed from the Little Maple River. Fishing is one of the park's most popular pastimes. A boat launch, two fishing piers, and the high banks given anglers of all skill levels, ages, and abilities an opportunity to snag tiger muskellunge, northern pike, small and largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, rock bass, perch, catfish, and bullheads. A boat concession rents boats from May to September. Live bait, tackle, ice and snacks are available as well. Lake Ovid is a no wake lake.

Sleepy Hollow State Park is open to hunting for all species between September 15 and March 31. State regulations apply. Hunters are welcome for early goose season on September 1.

There are 16 miles of trails that take you through prairie grasses, hardwood forest and stands of pine trees. Mountain bikes are welcome on hiking trails, but are prohibited on horse trails. There are 8 miles of horse trails that are open to visitors who trailer in for the day. These trails are open from 8 AM to 10 PM. There is no camping available for visitors with horses. Horses are allowed on designated horse trails only, for the safety of both your horse and hikers or bikers. There are 8 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails located on the east side of the park. 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.

Recreation - A wide range of outdoor recreations are available to the visitor. They include picnicking, swimming, sunbathing, camping, boating, fishing, hiking, water sports, and hunting. In winter, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are favorites.

Sleepy Hollow- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 181 site(s), $17
Sleepy Hollow- Group Youth Area - (517) 651-6217, Contact the park

Sleepy Hollow-Horse Trail - 6.5 (Miles), Bridle, Dog Sledding
Sleepy Hollow-Hiking Trail - 16 (Miles), Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Climate - Mid Michigan has warm to hot summers with temperatures climbing above 70 degrees F (above 21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average between 14 and 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 degrees C). Moisture deposited in this region averages between 28 and 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect."

Location - Sleepy Hollow State Park, located north of Lansing, is situated to the east from US-27. Park entrance is along Price Road.

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Filed By: Amanda (Flint, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We just camped here for the first time this year. I LOVED the campsites, the campsites were great, they are very secluded and private. That was a huge plus. We saw lots of wildlife just on a quick drive to the boat launch. The road to the boat launch was fine, I had heard it was bad before but it has been fixed. There is still some gravel but it was graded nice. The lake itself, I wasn't pleased with. It is kind of dirty and seaweedy. In a lot of spots you can only use a trolling motor because there is so much seaweed and even then the trolling motor kept getting caught in it. The other thing I didn't like was how long it took to get to the beach from the campsite, it is a very long walk. Especially with two little kids. There are two bathrooms at the campground one for the North side and one for the South side. They have plenty of showers and they were always kept up pretty clean. Overall I was very happy with the campground, not as happy with the lake. But I will camp there again.

Filed By: W. Foster (Durand, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I just got back from a research trip to SHSP. We live about 25 miles from the park. The park is a good sized park with lots of parking spaces at the boat launch and day use areas. Nice picnic pavillions, clean, lots of picnic tables and grills. We went late on Sat. afternoon\evening in late August and it was very quiet. Will take my canoe next time and see if I can catch some fish. There are two nice fishing piers if you don't have a boat. Saw 3 deer, blue herons, various song birds,and variuos turtles\frogs in the 1 hour we were there. The road is also in pretty good shape, no potholes like the previous posts. Definitely we will return.

Filed By: Ron (Lansing, MI.)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: When compared to some of the other State Parks I have had the opportunity to visit, Sleppy Hollow is a decent park and one of the few located in the Mid- Michigan area! True the road is not in the best of shape, but no place is perfect, I have camped there many times and it has always been a rewarding experience, and as for the park not having wildlife, that is non-sense, I have seen deer, and actually had a rare opportunity to observe to fawns on a hiking trail just several feet away from my location in 2004,it made my trip! Ive seen cranes,skunks,rabbits,plenty of chipmunks in the camping areas,we actually had a couple of racoons make midnight visits to our campsites!Ive seen hawks,turtles, tree frogs lots of different bird species in the park! Their are actually two campgrounds,a north and south campground, each with its own shower and tolit facilities which are modern and very clean, the campgrounds are secluded and are located not far from the lake, some campsites actually have a lakeveiw!The campgrounds all have a fire circle, picnic table and electrical hook-up and a water taps are located through-out the campgrounds.The hiking trails are very scenic and in some areas, you would think you were in the deep forest of the far north! The weekends are always busy at the campgrounds, so first come, first serve or it might be wise to make a reservation in advance, a good park to take your family, especially if your a beginning camper maybe I'll see you, there some summer, til then, happy camping!!!

Filed By: A. Fisherman (Lansing, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: In my opinion, the park is mainly geared towards two groups: campers and fishermen. As of summer 2004, the potholes that used to wreak havoc when driving around the lake have been temporarily repaired. Entire sections of damaged roadbed been removed and road gravel put in its place. While not perfect, it’s much easier on the boats, trailers and vehicles. The lake is a man-made reservoir, created by damming the Maple River. The entire lake is NO WAKE at ALL TIMES – great for fishermen, kayaks/canoes and the occasional sailboat. The lake itself is fairly shallow (i.e., about 17’ deep in the streambed). You can pick up a lake map at one of the ranger stations. The launch site has a low angle and is maintained well. There is one fixed dock, located between two ramps. Lighting and lane marking is adequate for night launches as well. There is a “night fisherman’s” entrance that opens during the summer that keeps noise near the campers to a minimum (although I never saw the entrance open in 2004). The concession store & boat rentals were open during the summer. They sell snacks, bait, et cetera and rent both pontoon & fishing boats. If you plan on fishing with bait, I suggest bringing your own as the store hours seem to be varied. While I have never personally camped at the park I have driven through & talked to those who have stayed. The campground is reasonably modern but with only a single restroom/shower building. The sites are level and adequately spaced to keep you a nice distance from your neighbors. As with other State of Michigan parks, any problematic campers are dealt with quickly. In general, I give Sleepy Hollow a 7 out of 10 rating (10 being the highest). I would rate it higher, but I just didn’t catch enough fish there this year. :-)

Filed By: Laura (St.Johns, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Well I live less than a mile from the parks entrance so I go to Sleepy Hollow alot. The park however isn't something I would recommend for a vacation spot due to the things I look for in Camping, a nice swimming area ( the lake is much more suited for fishing than swimming, and even fishing can be a little annoying because there are tons of patches of seaweed growing about the lake) Another thing is the activities, you can hike; which is nice but, there isnt really much to see its like the one lady said a walk in the park it isnt very scenic its just walking though woods. There are boat rentals but the concession is rarely open anymore so I'm not even sure if you can still rent boats. I think the park is great for a picnic for the day there are lots of places to bar-b-que but I wouldn't recommend the park for camping overnight. Oh and also if you're brining a boat to the park keep in mind the road has many MANY spots where there are deep potholes and places where the road is in great need of being repaired.

Filed By: Wendy McCafferty (Lansing, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Not really a wilderness hiking system, but rather a walk through the park. Too many people, everything put in it's place by park workers, no wild life, and very little nature.

More Information

Contact Information:
Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 Price Road , Laingsburg, MI, 48848, Phone: 517-651-6217

Additional Information:
Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Mid Michigan - Mid Michigan is a compilation of open fields, dense hardwood forests and rolling hills accents by hundreds of winding streams and large water basins, the perfect destination for trailblazers and water sport enthusiasts.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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