The Albert E. Sleeper State Park offers hikes, beach walks at Lake Huron, and even a horseshoe pit for the family to spend some time away from the city and get connected with nature. It’s a perfect place for camping.
And it’s easily accessible for Michiganians: a 2.5-hour drive from Detroit and Lansing, 1 hour and 40 minutes from Flint, and 3 hours and 20 minutes from Grand Rapids.
These 723 acres of forest along with a long stretch of beach became an official Michigan state park in 1927. In the 1940s, the park’s outdoor center was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps — and in 1944 it was named Albert E. Sleeper to honor a former Michigan governor, who authorized the State Park system.
Since then, Sleeper State Park has been important to the economy of Huron County, generating $5.476 million in revenue in 2008 alone, according to a study. The park creates 144 direct jobs and an estimated 181 jobs indirectly.
Sleeper State Park’s name might make it sound a little laconic, but you won’t want to sleep when you’re camping at this state park (unless you’re exhausted from a long day of activities).
The first and foremost feature of Sleeper State Park is the beautiful Lake Huron, with all of the beach amenities that go along with that. There are seven different boat ramps for easy access to get out on the water, either for water sports or for fishing. Saginaw Bay has great fishing for walleye, salmon and lake trout. But enjoying the sand and surf is just as enjoyable (and if you want to relax under an umbrella with a good book--or take a nap--there’s nothing to stop that, either.)
But aside from the camping at Sleeper State Park, there’s also 2200 acres of the adjacent Rush Lake State Game Area, a place for hiking and cross country trekking where you’re sure to see wildlife on the ground, in the water, and in the air. And if you’re looking for calmer waters, look no further than the Pigeon and Pinnebog Rivers for canoeing and calm.