Sleeper State Park

Sleeper State Park

Sleeper State Park of Huron County, Michigan

Hiking Sleeper State ParkCross country skiing Sleeper State ParkMountain biking Sleeper State Park

Trail Distance:

4 miles long.


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.

Trail Difficulty:

Hiking: Easy

Cross Country Skiing: Novice

Mountain Biking: Novice

Trail List:

Trail Description:

6573 State Park Road
Caseville MI 48725-9799
Phone Number: (989) 856-4411
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 723 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Cross country ski trail is groomed.

Albert E. Sleeper State Park comprises 723 acres of forest, wetlands and sandy beach and dunes located on the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. 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.


  • Outdoor Center - The outdoor center, comprised of 13 cabins, a 120-seating capacity dining hall with well-equipped kitchen, toilet/shower building, and picnic pavilion, is located in a highly secluded and wooded portion of the park. Nearby hiking trails provide miles of multi-use recreational opportunities. Lake Huron is a ½ mile away and may be reached by hiking trail or a short drive. The entire facility may be rented for a single use or individual vacant cabins may rented by a family or smaller group who do not require the Dining Hall. From late-October to late-April, both the dining hall and the restroom building are closed, but vault toilets are available. Throughout the year, renters may take advantage of a variety of discounts. For additional information about discounts and availability and to make reservations for the Outdoor Center or its individual cabins, please contact the park at 989-856-4411.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - 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.

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.

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