Michigan State Parks Centennial: Albert Sleeper State Park

Albert E. Sleeper State Park is located on the tip of Michigan’s Thumb in northern Huron County on the shore of Lake Huron.

Originally a small county park, the state acquired the original land around 1927 and created Huron State Park. It was renamed in 1940 as a tribute to former Michigan Governor Albert Sleeper who was famous for signing into law the statute that created all the state parks in 1919. After additional land acquisitions, Sleeper State Park now encompasses around 700 acres.

Campground

As one of the oldest state parks in the system, the campground at Sleeper State Park shows its age. The roads between sites are very narrow, as are many of the sites themselves. In order to preserve the large, mature trees, sites have been left untouched, and it’s obvious they were designed when trailers and vehicles were much smaller.

It will be extra important when you reserve a site to take a look at the site description and pictures to ensure your RV will fit not only in length but with any slides or awnings, as well as your tow vehicle or toad.

There are two separate loops with a total of 226 sites. All sites are grassy and have 20 or 30 amp. A few back up to the woods where we noticed standing water. I suggest bringing bug spray or some type of insect-repelling candle or burner if you’ll be in those sites. Leveling blocks also will be necessary.

Day Use and Beach

To reach the day-use area and beach, you’ll need to cross the road from the campground. A large parking lot is available if you want to drive, or you can walk across the pedestrian overpass from the campground. The beach is reached by climbing stairs over the dunes from the parking lot area.

Sleeper State Park is known for its wide sandy beach, but unfortunately, in 2019 the water level had pretty much covered or eroded the sand, leaving only a small strip at the edge of the stairway. However, this meant the water was pretty shallow right near the edge, perfect for little kids.

The rest of the day-use section includes a few picnic tables and charcoal grills tucked in among many large trees. This would make a nice place to relax in the shade on a hot day.

Trails and Hunting

Behind the campground is a 4-mile hiking trail through the woods where you’ll encounter deer, chipmunks, rabbits, and many bird species.

While hunting is not allowed in the state park, Sleeper State Park is located adjacent to a state forest game area, where hunting is available in the right seasons.

Overall impression

Albert E. Sleeper State Park feels very quaint and historic and I appreciate that feeling of old-school state park still exists. The narrow roads, the mature trees, the old stone drinking fountains – they all make you feel nostalgic for simpler times.

Another nice thing about Sleeper State Park is that it’s not too far away from other local attractions. It’s eight miles from the dark sky preserve at Port Crescent State Park, about 30 minutes from Sanilac Petroglyphs State Park, and about 20 minutes from the town of Port Austin where you can have dinner, visit the weekly farmers market, or even visit a lighthouse.


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