What to do in Young State Park

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

02280 Boyne City Road
Boyne City, MI 49712

Phone: 231-582-7523

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