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Young State Park
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Young State Park Sunset © Thomas K Jeffreys
sunset at Terrence campground
Young State Park Young State Park Beach © A Jesmore
The beautiful beach at Young State Park on Lake Charlevoix. Great place for swimming
Young State Park © Mary Wild Hansen
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02280 Boyne City Road
Boyne City, Michigan   49712

Phone: 231-582-7523
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Young State Park is located at the east end of beautiful Lake Charlevoix. The park spans over 560 acres in Charlevoix County and is a mix of gently rolling terrain, lowlands and cedar swamp. Officially opened in 1921, some of the buildings in existence today were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT web page.
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Young-Modern/Oak(800) 447-2757 41 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms

Young-Modern/Spruce(800) 447-2757 158 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms

Young-Modern/Terrace(800) 447-2757 41 site(s)Boat Launch, Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms
Lake Charlevoix is 17,260 acres and has depths up to 122 feet. It is great for sailing, power-boating, water-skiing, and fishing. The lake offers access to Lake Michigan as well. There is a boat launch within the park for boats under 16 feet in length.
Lake Charlevoix is stocked annually with rainbow, brown, and lake trout. Mirror Pond provides a good fishing site for children. The pond is stocked with sunfish and rock bass.

Young State Park is located near Petoskey

There is plenty of day use parking for trailers and cars near the large, sandy beach on Lake Charlevoix. Overlooking the beach and grassy picnic area is a classic log building, which houses a concession store. Fire pits/grills available.
Cross-country Skiing
Cross-country skiing is a very popular winter activity. The trailhead is located across the road from the park's headquarters off Boyne City Road. Trails are groomed.
There are nearly five miles of nature trails that are perfect for hiking, jogging, and nature study in the park.

Trails in the park:

Young-Deer Flats Nature Trail - 5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Young-White Birch Nature Trail - 2.2 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Area Attractions
Charlevoix, Boyne City and East Jordan all offer small town charm, especially in the summer months. They each offer dining and shopping opportunities as well as holiday events and festivals. Charlevoix has a Venetian Festival, Boyne City has a Mushroom Fest, East Jordan has a Freedom Fest and Horton Bay sponsors a 4th of July parade. Young State Park will be hosting a harvest festival October 10-12, 2008. Contact the park for more information.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 30 camped there as kid by normandy
park review stars; one to five live in las vegas now planing on going back soon. at 65
January 13 Our favorite park for the past 22 years! by Nancy from Dearborn Heights
park review stars; one to five Our family has been coming here for the past 22 years. We have tried other places and nothing compares. We enjoy boating on Lake Charlevoix and just relaxing on the beach. The park is great for walking and bike riding. We have met a lot of great people here and look forward to seeing them every year.
September 9 Too Many Fees by Debbie Bok
park review stars; one to five I didn't know that state parks cost more than a hotel and there there are fee to get in the gate and then fees to move the camp spot. All in all our not holiday stay for 2 nights at the parks totaled 120.00 in all. This is the first time at any state park this has happened to us across the USA and we have camped in Michigan State Parks before but not here and this will be the last..
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