Young State Park on beautiful Lake Charlevoix spans over 560 acres and is a mix of gently rolling terrain, lowlands and cedar swamp. The beach at Young State Park was voted the "best beach of the year" by The Petoskey News Review Graphic.
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.
Fishing: 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.
Hiking: There are nearly five miles of nature trails that are perfect for hiking, jogging and nature study in the park.
Pet-Friendly Area: A section of pet-friendly shoreline is available east of the boat launch. There is a foot path that goes along the shoreline from the small parking area. For more information, please contact the park. Pets must be on a six foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles.
Young-Deer Flats Nature Trail
Young-White Birch Trail
Beach: A brock dock allows barrier free access to the beach.
Boat Launch: 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.
Picnic Area: 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.