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Lake Charlevoix, a beautiful inland lake at Young State Park, offers access to Lake Michigan.
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Lake Charlevoix, a beautiful inland lake at Young State Park, offers access to Lake Michigan.
Description - The park spans over 560 acres in Charlevoix County and is a mix of gently rolling terrain, lowlands and cedar swamp. Young State Park officially opened in 1921. The park concession located at the beach was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. The park concession now rents canoes, kayaks, and camping equipment and features gourmet coffees and homemade baked goods along with many other items needed by campers and beach goers.

Attractions - Young State Park is located on Lake Charlevoix, a beautiful inland lake offering boaters access to Lake Michigan. It is great for sailing, power boating, waterskiing, and fishing. There is a boat launch within the park for boats under 16 feet in length.

Lake Charlevoix is stocked annually with rainbow, brown, and lake trout. Mirror Pond provides a good fishing site for children. The pond is stocked with sunfish and rock bass.

Young State Park has 240 modern campsites with electricity. There is easy access to bathroom and shower facilities as well. The campsites are spread across three campgrounds named Terrace, Oak, and Spruce. Modern camping facilities are open May 1 to November 1. There are two mini-cabins available for rent in the park named Timberdoodle and Sundew. Each cabin includes two sets of bunk beds, a small table with two chairs, a picnic table, and a fire ring. The cabins are designed to sleep four comfortably, and electricity is available.

There is plenty of day use parking for trailers and cars near the large, sandy beach on Lake Charlevoix. Overlooking the beach and grassy picnic area is a classic log building, which houses a concession store.

There are nearly five miles of nature trails that are perfect for hiking, jogging, and nature study in the park. Cross-country skiing is a very popular winter activity in the park. The ski trailhead is located across the road from the park headquarters.

Area attractions include Charlevoix, Boyne City and East Jordan, each offering small town charm, especially in the summer months. Dining and shopping as well as holiday events make for a memorable excursion. Featured events include Charlevoix's Venetian Festival, Boyne City's Mushroom Fest, East Jordan's Freedom Fest and Horton Bay's 4th of July parade.

Recreation - This state park maintains recreation facilities for picnicking, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, cross-country skiing, camping, and cabin lodging.

Young-Modern/Spruce - (800) 447-2757, 158 site(s), $29/$27
Young- Modern/Terrace - (800) 447-2757, 41 site(s), $29/$27
Young-Modern/Oak - (800) 447-2757, 41 site(s), $29/$27 and $16 Semi-modern (off season)

Young-Spruce Nature Trail - 2.4 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Young-Deer Flats Nature Trail - 3.4 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Young-White Birch Nature Trail - 1.5 (Miles), Hiking

Climate - Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.

Location - Young State Park is located at Horse Point on Lake Charlevoix immediately northwest of Boyne City. To reach the park from US-131, go west on M-75 through Boyne City and continue west two miles on Boyne City Road.

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Filed By: Dennis Hagen (Sterling Heights, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Filed By: Anne Schrader (Niles, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Well, all I can say is what a beautiful park! We will come back to camp there. The lake was spectacular, the campsite clean and we do tent camp. We went in early August of 2006. We went with three other families. It rained almost the whole time we were there but it didn't seem to matter to anyone. The kids had their bikes and rode all over the place in the rain and loved it. The women of the bunch went into Charlevoix to shop one day. I can't wait unitl we can come again.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I'm actually reporting this prior to my visit. I made my reservation on the website and found that I was charged $8 for the reservation fee. Since when do the state parks charge you for making a reservation-which is practically required anyways! As I finished booking, I realized my reservation had me checking out on the day prior that what we intended. As it took 2 days to respond to my initial call, I finally speak to the "reservation center". They refuse to waive an ADDITIONAL $8 fee to extend the reservation another day. The two "Jared"'s I spoke to were rude and uncooperative. Basically, make sure your reservations are perfect (because they and their stupid website are). Otherwise, they will charge you more money and be idiots about it. I'm looking forward to my stay, but the people who deal with this thing are idiots!!

Filed By: Mindie (Bellevue, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: What a truely Beautiful park! We tent camp and while it was a bit chilly (may6-9) the scenery and wildlife more then made up for a chilly night or two. Our campsite was right on a rocky beach on the lake. It couldn't have gotten any nicer. We had a pair of loons right off shore every night. The camp was clean and the bathrooms/shower facilities were above par. Though the hot water did tend to run out if you weren't up and in there first before everyone else. We went there to look for morels and while we hit our normal spots over in boyne falls, all but one we found right there in the park! The park is also a great jumping off point to hit some wounderful trout rivers in the area. We did also see steelhead as well. I would highly recomend this park, in fact we are going back in a few weeks.

Filed By: Jessica G. (Eau Claire, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My family whole familt,grandma, grandpa, aunts uncles, cousins, the whole fam damily lol, has been camping at Young State Park every year since '77. Although I am only 14 years old, I plan to start this tradition with my family someday. I would HIGHLY recommend Young State Park to anyone and I am right now!!! Take my advice and camp there, you will create memories that will last forever and longer. A summer without Young State Park? Ha! That's a good laugh! A wasted summer i would call it!

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Contact Information:
Young State Park, 02280 Boyne City Road , Boyne City, MI, 49712, Phone: 231-582-7523, TTY: 517-335-4623

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.
Northern Michigan - Flat agricultural and industrial lands of southern Michigan evolve into scenic rolling glacial hillsides covered with hardwoods and conifers and bisected by some of the state's largest waterways including the famed Au Sable and Thunder Bay rivers.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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