Sleepy Hollow State Park

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Recreation Passport Required: Yes

Approximate Size: 2678 (Acres)

Sleepy Hollow State Park contains over 2,600 acres including a river winding its way through the woods, fields and trails. Lake Ovid nestled in the middle of it all was developed by damming the Little Maple River and covers 410-acres. The park offers year-round opportunity for recreation.

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.

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.

Sleepy Hollow State Park is a 2,678-acre (10.84 km2) state park located off US-127 in Ovid Township and Victor Township, near St. Johns and Laingsburg, Michigan. Located at 7835 East Price Road, the park contains many miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails as well as a medium-sized man-made lake known as Lake Ovid. A dam located in the northwest corner of the lake flooded the area which created the relatively shallow body of water. Lake Ovid, covering 410 acres (1.7 km2), was developed by damming the Little Maple River. Several islands of varying size provide sanctuary for a variety of marine bird species including Canada geese, swans, and blue herons.

Directions:

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.

Facilities and activities

  • Swimming
  • Hiking: The park offers more than 11 miles of hiking trails.
  • Mountain biking: Trails are shared with bikers and mountain bikers.
  • Equestrian: There are also six miles of equestrian trails.
  • Cross-country skiing: All trails are open to cross-country skiers.
  • Fishing: Lake Ovid provides habitat for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, catfish, muskellunge, northern pike and other freshwater species. Two piers and a variety of shore fishing sites provide access.
  • Boating: The park provides landing access for small boats on the west side of Lake Ovid; boaters are limited to no-wake throughout the waterways. The park concession rents canoes and pontoon boats.
  • Picnicking
    • Picnic area
    • Picnic shelters
  • Wildlife viewing: Over 228 different animal species can be found in Sleepy Hollow State Park, from the blue jay to the eastern bluebird. Rarer species include sightings of the Bonaparte’s gull and bald eagles.
  • Camping: The campground offers 181 modern campsites; there is also a group-use area.
  • Metal detecting: Metal detecting is permitted in designated areas of the park; however, any found items are subject to review by park staff and may be retained pending further investigation.
  • Snowmobiling: The west end of the park is open to snowmobilers once four inches of snow are on the ground.
  • Hunting

 

Trails

Sleepy Hollow-Hiking Trail
Trail Length: 16.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking

Sleepy Hollow-Horse Trail
Trail Length: 10.20 (Miles)
Dog Sledding, Equestrian

Campgrounds

Sleepy Hollow-Group Youth Area
0 site(s), Contact the park
Group Use Area, Rustic Site

Sleepy Hollow-Modern
181 site(s), $20
Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms

Sleepy Hollow-Modern Cabin
1 site(s) (off-season)
Biking, Disc Golf, Electrical Service, Fishing, Hiking, Modern Restrooms, Paddlesports, Picnic Area, Swimming

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