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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. Young State Park officially opened in 1921. The park concession located at the beach was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s.

The park features almost five miles of trails along which sparrows, warblers, and other songbirds can be located.  Bald Eagles can regularly be seen in the trees and soaring along the shoreline of Lake Charlevoix.  Look for Spotted Sandpipers along the shoreline and for waterfowl in the lake itself.

Over 240 modern campsites are available along with a host of other activities, making this a park that the whole family can enjoy whether birders or not.  Please note that a State of Michigan recreation passport is required for entry.

For more information regarding the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, please visit their website at

To make camping reservations, please visit

What’s Nearby

Boyne CityCharlevoix, Castle FarmsBoyne Mountain

Notable Birds

Spotted Sandpiper, Bald Eagle, Common Loon, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Merlin, White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Osprey, Great Crested Flycatcher, Pine Warbler, Swamp Sparrow

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