What to do in Sleeper State Park

Visitors can watch both sunrises and sunsets on the bay, relax in the shade and seclusion of the campground or roam the trails of the ancient dune forests. The park first opened as a county park in 1925. In 1927 the state acquired the property and called it Huron State Park. In 1944, the park was renamed in honor of Albert E. Sleeper, governor of Michigan (1917-1920) and resident of Huron County, who signed into law the statute that created the state park system.

The outdoor center is primarily available for youth organizations seeking an outdoor learning experience, though other groups may also rent the facility. It has a dining hall/kitchen building as well as several cabins and a toilet/shower building. Groups of up to 120 may rent the facility.

Vacant cabins at the outdoor center may also be rented by smaller groups or individuals who do not require the dining hall. From late-October to late-April, both the dining hall and the restroom building are closed. A variety of discounts are available. For additional information about discounts and to make reservations for the Outdoor Center or its individual cabins, please contact the park.

Michigan State Park Explorer Program Michigan State Park Explorer Program
Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.

Hunting
Hunting is allowed in a remote area of the park that is well posted for such use.

Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children. Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.

Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.

Swimming
Lake Huron Beach Information
A half mile of sandy beach stretching along the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron provides visitors with swimming and sunbathing recreation.

Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills Picnic Area
- Picnic tables and fire pits/grills

The day use area is a quick walk from the campground and includes a shaded picnic area adjacent to the beach and a pavilion that may be rented for group occasions.

For reservations contact the park at (989)856-4411.

Hiking
More than four miles of maintained trails are available to those who wish to hike. These trails pass through a variety of habitats and are directly accessible from the campground. Vault toilets are available along the routes.

Mountain Biking
Deer Run, Candlestick, Huron and Old Dunes trails provide about four miles of trails for mountain bikes and hikers. These trails pass through a variety of habitats and are directly accessible from the campground. Vault toilets are available along the routes.

Cross Country Ski
The trail system is also popular for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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.

Recreation
Seven state boating access sites, one state dock and several public fishing piers are located within a short drive from the park. Saginaw Bay provides excellent perch, walleye, salmon and lake trout fishing. The nearby Pigeon River and the nearby shoreline of Saginaw Bay are available for canoeists.

Those using the hiking and cross-country trails also have access to 2,200 acres of the adjacent Rush Lake State Game Area, an area of forests and wetlands populated by many types of wildlife. Many rustic trails course through the Game Area for the more adventurous visitor.

Five miles to the west is the small resort town of Caseville which has a variety of entertaining diversions as well as a busy schedule of special events. Boat charters, horseback riding, canoe and kayak rentals are also located near the park.

Camping
Sleeper-Outdoor Center Cabins - (989) 856-4411, 13 site(s), $80
Sleeper- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 226 site(s), $23/$21/$18

Trails
Sleeper-Candlestick Trail - 0.63 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Sleeper-Huron Trail - 0.2 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Sleeper-Deer Run Trail - 2 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Sleeper-Old Dunes - 0.65 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Location
From Bay City, exit I-75 at M-25, go E. 55 miles to park entrance (5 miles E. of Caseville). From Bad Axe, N. on M-53 10 miles, W. on Kinde Rd. 10 miles, N. on State Park Rd. 3.5 miles, and W. on M-25 short distance to park entrance.

Climate
This state normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 to 80 degrees F. Nights can be cool in the northern reaches of the state with lows dipping near 50 degrees F. August and September are the wettest months on average. Fall temperatures begin to cool in mid September, which brings a spectacular fall foliage color change. Days are crisp and nights chilly during this time of year. Winters can be brutal in Michigan with lake-effect snows bringing 200 inches of snow to some areas in the Upper Peninsula. Spring reaches the southern regions of the state in late March and a few weeks later in the north. This time of year is also very wet with snow melt and spring rains.

Address
6573 State Park Road
Caseville, MI 48725-9799

Phone: 989-856-4411

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