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Sleepy Hollow State Park, Laingsburg

4.2
#76 of 157 in Nature in Michigan
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Sleepy Hollow State Park is a public recreation area covering 2,678 acres (1,084 ha) in the townships of Ovid and Victor in Clinton County, Michigan. The state park is located off US-127 nine miles southeast of St. Johns and four miles northwest of Laingsburg and centers around man-made, 410-acre (170 ha) Lake Ovid.
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  • We have mountain biked and XC skied here but never stayed. We had a great time summer camping in the rustic walk in sites. They are secluded and off one of the hiking/ biking trails. The beach was a.....  more »
  • This may be an older camp or the DNR was trying to save money when it was built. Most electrical posts are designed to accommodate at least 2 adjoining lots, and as many as 4. This in itself is not a....  more »
  • Very nice park. Most of the sites are quite private. Paved site pads and paved roads. Difficult to park large RV's because it have narrow drives and lot's of trees. Overall it was a good experience.  more »
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  • Great place to camp wooded lots amazing fireflies at night. Trails are muddy though that is common for the entire state this year. Water is accessible at the campsite, but no permanent water hook up. Power is close on some sites others you will need a long power cord. More Michigan state parks should offer off site camper storage like most of those up north.
  • Stayed at one of the walk in rustic campsites. The site was great but we had unruly neighbors that kept us up all night. Called the park ranger who came and had a word with them but they carried on anyway. Overall, this is a beautiful park with a lot to offer but needs more security.
  • Just arrived home after what I thought was a wonderful time at the park with my family only to find a ticket on my windshield tucked so far down that it was a miracle it was ever found. I purchased a pass at the park and paid my 16 dollars that is good for the time that my tags were current, until December. I told the employee when I purchased the pass that my plates expired in December of 2019. He gave me a 2020 pass prior to me telling him that my plates expire in 2019. I should have received the 2019 pass at the gate. He had an opportunity to give me the right one but failed to do so. When we parked I notice a couple of young people riding around on a side by side apparently picking up trash and going vehicle by vehicle checking people's passes and writing out tickets as though it was the best thing in the world for them. We called the park after discovering the ticket only to find out that this particular mistake had been made multiple times today and that tickets were issued based on the parks mistake. It should have been obvious that if we had a 2020 pass that we were given it by mistake and if you were issuing multiple tickets for the same offense then the park pass booth operator should have been contacted to have it straightened out prior to writing a bunch of tickets that some people would just pay so that they wouldn't have to deal with it personally. My husband then had to drive all the way back, around 30 minutes one way to show them the pass that I was issued. The park employee that he spoke to was rude and argumentative and marked the ticket as paid. It was not paid, I did not make the mistake so the employee should have voided out the ticket all together. By marking it paid it appears as though I was in the wrong and paid my ticket. This was not the case. My husband wanted proof that this would not show back up months or more down the road with severe fines and potentially a loss of my license. This park employee told him that he should trust her it was all fine. He then requested the person in charge and a DNR officer came and immediately addressed the situation and took care of everything to our satisfaction. Park Officer Heather did a wonderful job and we were very pleased that she was called. This should have never happened. When my husband returned the 2020 pass and received the correct 2019 pass he noted that there were 4 other passes that had been voided out. Was this 4 other people who had to deal with the same situation and how many others could there have been on any given day during the summer. Had he not taken care of this tonight at nine p.m. it would have been difficult to prove that we were not at fault by tomorrow morning even. Park employees need to exercise better diligence in their jobs and addressing when they are at fault. To be argumentative when the park is clearly at fault and having us drive a good distance to get back to take care of this is completely unacceptable.
  • Very mature park, lots of trees and foliage which helps with privacy because the sites are tight. Great place for a weekend stay. Plenty of outdoor activities. Great location to get some family biking in. We have a small camper so we prefer sites with electric, water and sewer hookups, which was not an option for us here.
  • Great place to spend the day. The fishing was great, swimming was fun. They have geocaches in a few places of the park. There is frisbee golf course which was mostly shaded. The park is open until 10pm. The restrooms are clean and there was ample parking. They also have a dog beach.

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