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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 five miles southeast of St. Johns and four miles northwest of Laingsburg and centers around man-made, 410-acre (170 ha) Lake Ovid.[2][3]

Sleepy Hollow State Park
Lake Ovid, Michigan (June 2018).jpg
Lake Ovid is the primary feature of the park.
Map showing the location of Sleepy Hollow State Park
Map showing the location of Sleepy Hollow State Park
Location within the state of Michigan
LocationClinton County, Michigan, USA
Nearest cityLaingsburg, Michigan
Coordinates42°56′19″N 84°24′46″W / 42.93861°N 84.41278°W / 42.93861; -84.41278Coordinates: 42°56′19″N 84°24′46″W / 42.93861°N 84.41278°W / 42.93861; -84.41278 [1]
Area2,678 acres (10.84 km2)
Elevation781 feet (238 m) [1]
DesignationMichigan State Park
EstablishedAcquisition: 1965–1969
Opened: 1976
Governing bodyMichigan Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteSleepy Hollow State Park


The park was created through a series of land acquisitions in the late 1960s followed by the damming the Little Maple River to create Lake Ovid. The state opened the park in 1976.[4]


Lake Ovid is a prominent feature of Sleepy Hollow State Park and at 412 acres (167 ha) is the largest body of water in the surrounding area. The lake's fish species include catfish, black crappie, largemouth bass, muskellunge, sunfish, yellow perch,[3] and other freshwater species — bluegill, northern pike, bowfin, brown bullhead, carp, white sucker, pumpkinseed, and yellow bullhead. The lake is stocked with muskellunge and channel catfish. Migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and passerines are drawn to Lake Ovid, and more than 228 bird species have been recorded in the park.[4]

Activities and amenitiesEdit

The park is considered a multi-use park with recreational features that include swimming, boating and fishing on Lake Ovid, 11 miles of trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing, six miles of equestrian trails, picnicking facilities, and areas for hunting, snowmobiling, and camping.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Sleepy Hollow State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Sleepy Hollow State Park". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Lake Ovid". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Sleepy Hollow State Park: Appendix A — Supporting Analysis" (PDF). Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 19, 2018.

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