15 Things You Should Know About Visiting Michigan’s Sleeper State Park

Sleeper State Park Welcome Sign

Sleeper State Park was the first state park in the Thumb. With an excellent beach and camp sites it has been a place to camp and visit for over 95 years. Visitors can watch both sunrises and sunsets on Saginaw Bay, relax in the shade and seclusion of the campground or roam the trails of the ancient dune forests. It’s one of the most widely visited parks in Southeast Michigan. Yet still contains amazing secrets.

The Pier Based Coast Guard Harbor Beach Station

Coast Guard Station Sand Beach c1920

The original Coast Guard Station was a pier station built on the Jenk’s company dock in 1910 and incorporated a 50-foot lookout tower. The station seen in this picture was built on a concrete foundation 300 yards offshore in 1935. During World War II, the Harbor Beach Station served as a Coast Guard training facility … Read more