Sleepy Hollow State Park
|Sleepy Hollow State Park|
Location within the state of Michigan
|Location||Clinton County, Michigan, USA|
|Nearest city||Laingsburg, Michigan|
|Area||2,678 acres (10.84 km2)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
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.
Facilities and activities
- 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.
- 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.