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Sports & Recreation

Professional Sports Teams of Southeast Michigan

Detroit Lions (NFL)

Ford Field Detroit (313) 262-2222 www.detroitlions.com Detroit Pistons (NBA)

Little Caesars Arena 313-PISTONS www.nba.com/pistons Detroit Tigers (MLB)

Comerica Park Detroit (313) 962-4000 www.mlb.com/tigers Detroit Red Wings (NHL)

Little Caesars Arena (313) 471-7575 www.nhl.com/redwings United Shore Professional Baseball

@ Jimmy John’s Field in Utica Michigan Independent minor league baseball. www.uspbl.com

2022-23 Inaugural Season Motor City Rockers

www.mcrockershockey.com, (586) 294-2400 Play at Big Boy Arena in Fraser.

Metro Area Sports & Recreation Websites


The home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. All sorts of information regarding every high school sport, rules and regulations are located here! (517) 332-5046 www.michigan.org

A specific list of outdoor venues close to home, including boating, hunting and snowmobiling. The site includes addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of recreational areas.


International Mountain Biking Association

www.imba.com There are a number of chapters and clubs throughout the Michigan that are part of the association. Log on to connect to chapter links and information regarding location of trails. • Michigan Mountain Biking Association

One of the largest affiliates of the International Mountain

Bicycling Association. There are numerous chapters throughout the state. Log on to connect to chapter links and detailed info regarding trails. www.mmba.org •Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association

http://www.cramba.org • P.O. Box 180190, Utica 48318 •Motor City Mountain Biking Association

http://mcmba.org Contact: info@mcmba.org League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Michigan Department of Natural Resources

www.michigan.gov/dnr Biking, mountain biking, hiking and off-road vehicle trails are listed by park and trail name. Top of Michigan Trails Council

(231) 348-8280 • www.trailscouncil.org 300 miles of trails and maps listed online.


Rouge River Watershed Friends of the Rouge River Watershed, Wayne County Parks, and the eleven communities along the route are developing a water trail from Canton to the Detroit River. Log on for more information. www.therouge.org Clinton River Watershed offers miles of canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Log on to www.crwc.org for exact locations and details! Huron Clinton Metroparks have boat launches,

slips and storage available at • Stony Creek Metropark • Kensington Metropark • Lake Erie Metropark • Lake St. Clair Metropark Department of Natural Resources

www.michigan.gov/dnr Information on marinas, reservable harbors, harbors of refuge, inland lake maps and online boating safety classes and exam: www.Boat-Ed.com and www.BoaterExam.com. Michigan Boating

www.michigan.org Locate a boating lake by city or region and view detailed maps online. Michigan Boating Industries Association

www.mbia.org • (734) 261-0123 Trade association for the recreational boating industry. List of programs, upcoming boat shows, and boating groups (www.boatmichigan.org). Oakland County Parks offer boat rentals in • Addison Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak) • Groveland Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak) • Independence Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak,canoe, and electric motors) A small boat launch is located at Orion Oaks for non-motorized watercraft and boats can be carried into Rose Oaks. For more information log on to ww.oakgov.com U.S. Power Squadrons

www.usps.org Community service organization that offers boating safety instructions. Is also a social organization that offers “on-the-lake” activities. Go on the website for chapter locations. American Sailing Association Sailing Schools

www.asa.com Log on for list of member schools by state.


Palazzo di Bocce

4291 S. Lapeer Road, Orion Township 48359 (248) 371-9987 • www.palazzodibocce.com “It’s not just a sport – It’s a frame of mind!”


USBC Metro Detroit Association

28200 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village 48076 (248) 443-2695 www.mdusbc.com “Find a league near you!” Car Racing

If you are into car racing Michigan has an abundance of tracks for you to visit. Just log on to www.Michigan.org, click on “Things To Do” then scroll down to racetracks to find the listing. But, here are a few near Metro Detroit to check out. Flat Rock Speedway

14041 Telegraph Road, Flat Rock 48134 (734) 782-2480 • www.flatrockspeedway.com Lapeer International Dragway

2691 Roods Lake Road, Lapeer 48446 (810) 664-4772 • www.lapeerinternationaldragway.com Michigan International Speedway

12626 U.S. Highway 12, Brooklyn 49230 (517) 592-6666 • www.mispeedway.com Fishing

The 11,000 inland lakes and streams and the Great Lakes offer a fantastic variety of choices in fishing locations. Lake trout, brown trout, walleye, salmon, steelhead and bass are just a few species found in great supply. The Clinton River Watershed Guide has a list of

local cold and warm water locations, the best access points and DNR stocking information. Call (248) 601-0606 or log on to www.crwc.org. Rouge River Watershed in the City of Detroit, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Oakland Counties. The Rouge River has numerous lakes and parks that allow fishing. Log on for the fishing guide and species list. (734) 927-4900 www.therouge.org Michigan Fishing

www.michigan.org Lists local fishing spots by city, parks and lake maps by county, fish hatcheries, helpful hints and favorite fly fishing locations. Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

(630) 941-1351 • www.great-lakes.org News stories, information on clubs and tournaments

A registration certificate must be purchased for all watercraft with permanently attached engines and for anything longer than 16 feet. Log on to the Secretary of State website at www.michigan.gov/sos for more information. Official safety course information may be obtained at www.boat-ed.com.

www.michigan.gov/dnr • (313) 396-6890 Weekly fishing report. Michigan Charter Boat Association

www.michigancharterboats.com • (800) 622-2971 Can help with chartering a fishing boat on any of the Great Lakes and has numerous river charters as well.


The five counties of Southeast Michigan covered in this publication have an extensive list of courses; from venerable, beautiful old city courses to suburban and county Metroparks; as well as nationally renowned country clubs. To view a complete list of courses, resorts and schools log on to: www.michigan.org, click on “Things To Do” then scroll down to “golfing”. Golf Association of Michigan

39255 Country Club Dr., Ste B40, Farmington Hills, 48331 (248) 478-9242 www.gam.org Offers memberships, golf day calendar, course finder and more.

Michigan Golf

www.michigangolf.com This website lists all public and private courses in the Detroit metro area including detailed descriptions, reviews and estimated greens fees.

Michigan Womens Golf Association

www.mwgolf.org Website includes information about membership, events, programs, local league results and contact numbers.


Michigan Amateur Hockey Association

www.maha.org. Find clubs and arenas by zip code. USA Hockey www.usahockey.com

List of players, coaches, rules and regulations, local teams and ice rinks.

Horseback Riding

Huron Clinton Metroparks

(800) 477-2757 • www.metroparks.com Trail riding allowed in Kensington, Oakwoods, Indian Springs and Wolcott Mill. Oakland County Parks

(888) ocparks • www.oakgov.com Equestrian trails can be found in Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks and Rose Oaks. Springfield Oaks has an equestrian arena and stall rentals for events on site. “Oak Routes” trails, Paint Creek and Polly Ann, allow horses. Maps and a list of stables in the County are available online.

State Parks Michigan DNR

(313) 396-6890 • www.michigan.gov/dnr There are numerous state parks and miles of trails in the Detroit Metro area – campsites and horse rentals are also available. See “Parks” for details at the end of this section.

Genesee County Parks offers two equestrian centers: Everett A. Cummings Center at 6130 E. Mt. Morris

Rd. in Mt. Morris and the Elba Equestrian Complex in the Holloway Reservoir Regional Park. Call (800) 6487275 for details. Michigan Department of Natural Resources

(313) 396-6890 • www.michigan.gov/dnr The MDNR website has information on application for hunting licenses, guides and information on species and habitat with links to specific areas in each county complete with addresses and phone numbers.

The State of Michigan requires a license which can be purchased online 24/7 along with special hunt applications and permits. General Questions?

www.mdnr-elicense.com (517) 284-6057

www.michigan.org, click on “outdoors”, then “hunting” Here are a few in the Metro Detroit area:

Bald Mountain in Lake Orion (248-693-6767) shooting range, large hunting area. Open September 15-March 31.

Brighton Recreation Area in Howell (810) 229-6566 – majority of land open for hunting.

Highland Recreation Area in White Lake (248) 889-3750 – has hunting and dog field trial areas, as well as rustic cabins.

Holly Recreation Area in Holly (248) 634-0240 most areas open to hunting, call for details.

Island Lake Recreation Area in Brighton (810) 229-7067 – hunting for all species between

September 15-March 31 . Also open to trapping.

Pinckney Recreation Area in Pinckney (734) 426-4913 – Most of the area is open to hunt in season. No target shooting allowed.

Michigan Bow Hunters

www.michiganbowhunters.com This is an independent, non-profit association cooperating with the DNR. Log on for events calendar and membership information. Affiliate clubs and shooting schedules can be accessed here as well. Different counties are in different “districts” so log on and get the specific contact information for your area. Oakland County Parks and Huron Clinton Metroparks have limited hunting possibilities at certain parks within their systems. Log on to www.oakgov.com or www.metroparks.com for more information.


USA Lacrosse, Michigan Chapter

www.usalacrosse.com Links “where to play” by zip code. Lists numerous member teams that are for both boys and girls, community based and clubs. Mitten State Lax

www.mittenstatelax.com Great website listing coaches, college, high school, youth and travel teams throughout the state.

Raceway (Horse)

Northville Downs

301 S. Center St. • Northville 48167 (248) 349-1000 • www.northvilledowns.com



There are a variety of running clubs for all levels in Metro Detroit. Active organizations can be found in Detroit, Allen Park, Belleville, Woodhaven, Riverview, Grosse Ile, Northville and Canton in Wayne County. Flint has a running and a power, fitness, racewalker club for Genesee County. Ferndale, Farmington Hills, Rochester, South Lyon, West Bloomfield, and White Lake have clubs in Oakland County. Chesterfield, Clinton and Macomb Townships offer clubs in Macomb County. The Brighton and Howell clubs are located in Livingston County, with the Ann Arbor club in Washtenaw County. Road Runners Club of America - www.rrca.org

Ice Arenas and Rinks

(ice times, lessons, leagues) Campus Martius Park (Outdoors) Downtown Detroit www.downtowndetroit.org (313) 962-0101 Michigan Skating Rinks Listed by city at www.rinktime.com. Detailed information includes public skate times, class offerings (figure, hockey), addresses and phone numbers. All counties and a number of municipalities have indoor facilities. The Rink at Royal Oak Centennial Commons 203 S. Troy St. www.romi.gov Open November 18 through February 19, 2023 Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena Downtown Ann Arbor www.a2gov.org (734) 794-6234 DOG SLEDDING!

There are a variety of ways to participate in this winter adventure! Numerous kennels in the upper and lower peninsula offer family fun rides for miles through fields and woods. State forest and recreation areas have miles of trails for those with their own dogs and slead and the UP 200 held in Marquette is one of the country’s top dog sled races covering over 240 miles. Sled dog training activity allowed with permit at Everett A. Cummings Center in Mt. Morris. For details visit www,geneseecountyparks.org

Treetops Resort in Gaylord offers rides on select days during the winter months. Call (855) 703-5285. www.treetops.com



With 40 ski areas, 250 lifts, 50 terrain parks, nearly 1,000 runs and the only ski flying hill in the country, Michigan ranks second in the nation for number of ski areas in a state. Here are some of them!

Alpine Valley Ski Area (White Lake, MI) (248) 887-2180 • www.skialpinevalley.com Big Powderhorn Mountain (Bessemer, MI) (906) 932-4838 • www.bigpowderhorn.net Bittersweeet Ski Area (Otsego, MI) (269) 694-2032 • www.skibittersweet.com Boyne Highlands (Harbor Springs, MI) (800) GO-BOYNE • www.boyne.com Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls, MI) (800) GO-BOYNE • www.boyne.com Caberfae Peaks (Cadillac, MI) (231) 862-3000 • www.caberfaepeaks.com Cannonsburg Ski Area (Belmont, MI) (616) 874-6711 • www.cannonsburg.com Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Roscommon, MI) (800) 832-2663 • www.crosscountryski.com Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville, MI) (231) 668-6628 • www.crystalmountain.com The Homestead of Glen Arbor (Glen Arbor, MI) (231) 334-5000 • www.thehomesteadresort.com Marquette Mountain (Marquette, MI) (906) 225-1155 • www.marquettemountain.com Mt. Bohemia (in the UP’s Keweenaw Peninsula) (906) 289-4105 • www.mtbohemia.com Mt. Brighton Ski Area (Brighton, MI) (810) 229-9581 • www.mtbrighton.com Mt. Holly (Holly, MI) (248) 634-8269 • www.skimtholly.com Otsego Resort (Gaylord) (989) 732-5181 • www.otsegoclub.com Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs, MI) (231) 526-2131 • www.nubsnob.com Pine Knob (Clarkston, MI) (248) 625-0800 • www.skipineknob.com Pine Mountain (Iron Mountain, MI) (906) 774-2747 • www.uppinemtn.com Porcupine Mountains (Ontonagon, MI) (906) 885-5209 • www.porkies.ski Shanty Creek Resort (Bellaire, MI) (866) 695-5010 • www.shantycreek.com Ski Brule of Iron River (Iron River, MI) (800) 362-7853 • www.skibrule.com Snow Snake Ski & Golf (Harrison, MI) (989) 539-6583 • www.snowsnake.net Snowriver Mountain Resort (Wakefield) (800) 346-3426 • www.snowriver.com Swiss Valley Ski Area (Jones, MI) (269) 244-5635 • www.skiswissvalley.com Treetops Resort (near Gaylord, MI) (866) 348-5249 • www.treetops.com www.skatethestates.com

A wide variety of styles from street plazas to numerous bowl configurations are designed for beginners and advanced at all levels. Four of the very best in the

State are in Metro Detroit • Sterling Heights Skateparks - 40111 Dodge Park Rd., Sterling Heights • Donald Red Geary Skatepark - 2024 Pinecrest Dr., Ferndale • Ypsilanti Township Skatepark - 2000 E. Clark Rd., Ypsilanti • Ann Arbor Skatepark - 350 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor


Michigan is ranked in the #1 spot for skiing in the Midwest. Log on to www.michigan.org, then click on” Things To Do” then “Outdoors.” Also see the listing of Michigan ski areas and resorts in this this section of the Relocation Guide.


Michigan offers more than 6,500 miles of extensive, groomed trails throughout the state. For information on safety courses, tips, snow depth reports, trail maps and online

DNR-license (trail permit required to operate on trails). Log on to: www.michigan.gov/dnr. There is also a full service operations center located in the Metro Detroit area: 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit • (313) 396-6890 Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and/or visit the state tourism website: www.www.misorva.org Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association

www.misorva.org • 616-361-2285 Information about membership, trail reports and conditions. Also includes a list of clubs throughout the state. Trail permits are available for purchase online.


Great Lakes Womens Soccer - glwsl.org

For women 18+, with 18+ and 30+ leagues. There are over 30 team throughout the Metro Detroit area.

Michigan Soccer Association

(586) 924-2400 • www.michiganadultsoccer.com Lists teams and contacts.

Michigan State Youth Soccer Association

9401 General Drive, Suite 120 • Plymouth 48170 (734) 459-6220 • michiganyouthsoccer.org Michigan Youth Soccer League (MYSL)

www.michigansoccer.com Competitive leagues for players U7 – U19


Michigan Swimming

2245 Knollcrest • Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 997-6696 • www.teamunify.com Great website for competitive swimmers providing meet postings, top ten times, time standards and results for all Michigan clubs.

Michigan Masters Swimming

www.michiganmasters.com Lists clubs, practice pools and meets for competitive swimmers over 18 years of age. WASHTENAW COUNTY The Border-to-Border (B2B) Trail is a partially constructed non-motorized trail in Washtenaw County. The trail is planned to cover approximately 35 miles from Livingston County to Wayne County along the Huron River.

Iron Belle Trail – The goal of the Iron Belle Trail is to allow travelers the opportunity to hike or bicycle on a continuous trail from Belle Isle in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to Ironwood in the Northern Peninsula. The 1,273-mile hiking route uses existing multi-use trails that have been developed by local units of government, counties, and the State. The Border-to-Border Trail has been incorporated into this statewide trail, which runs through the City of Dexter.

Metro Detroit is a hiker and biker paradise with each county in the metro area having numerous trails for you to explore. Some trails (or parts of trails) even allow horses to share the space with hikers and bikers. Some of the trails are repurposed rail lines that give you a feel for how the area developed before cars took over. Here are some of the trails you may want to consider. So GET OUT,


The Clinton River Trail extends for 16 miles in Oakland County and runs from Sylvan Lake to Rochester.OAKLAND COUNTY

The West Bloomfield Trail is a 6.8 mile rail trail connecting West

Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake. The eastern end connects with the Clinton River Trail.

Polly Ann Trail is an overall ride of 34 miles through Oakland and

Lapeer Counties (14.2 in Oakland and 20 in Lapeer). Is open to horses throughout its length. Connects communities of Orion Township, Lake Orion,

Oxford Township, Oxford, Addison Township ad Leonard in Oakland County.

The Huron Valley Trail is an extensive network connecting 25 miles of trails, including Kensington MetroPark in Milford and Lyon Oaks County

Park in Wixom.

The Milford Trail connects the Village of Milford with the popular Kensington Metropark in Oakland County. The winding trail offers plenty of scenery as it travels through woodlands and wetlands. At the trail’s southern endpoint, it meets the Kensington Metropark Trail, which continues into the popular park and around scenic Kent Lake.

The Paint Creek Trail is 8.9 scenic miles connecting the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Lake Orion. First

“rail to trail” route in State of Michigan.


Black Creek Nature Trail is in Davison Township and runs along Black Creek to join with the Abernathy Park Trail located in the city of Davison. George Atkins Jr. Recreational Trail runs 7.5 miles along Pine Run Creek in the city of Clio in Vienna Township. The wide concrete path travels through a series of tunnels and bridges for an uninterrupted ride.

Flushing Riverview Trail is only 1.4 miles starting at the Main Street bridge but travels through forest and wetlands along the Flint River. It includes a 72 foot bridge over Cole Creek and a 200 foot bridge over the Flint River.

I-275 Metro Trail offers 40 miles of paved bike path in a north/south direction from Novi in Oakland County to New Boston in Wayne County.

Locations, trail heads, maps and trail activities can be found on Michigan State, Metro and County Park systems websites. Or you can log on to www.traillink.com to get needed information.


Belle Isle State Park is located near downtown Detroit in the Detroit River.

The park has a 6 mile bike lane that circles the outer edge of the island. The Detroit Riverwalk offers views of the Detroit Skyline for 3.5 miles along the Detroit River.

The Grosse Ile Trail is located downriver; runs 6.2 miles along the entire length of Grosse Ile. Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path just over a mile long in downtown Detroit. The trail has separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians and you'll find entrance ramps at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, and Woodbridge Street. The trail is called the “Cut” because it’s a wide trench that was sunk 25 feet below street level in the 1920s by the Grand Trunk Railroad to avoid foot and vehicle traffic, which continued overhead unimpeded on more than a dozen bridges. Hines Park Trail offers 17.2 miles of paved trail along Edward Hines Drive in the Rouge River Basin that travels through Wayne County parks and recreation areas. Go through Plymouth, Livonia, Westland, Garden City and Dearborn Heights meeting up with the 2 mile scenic Rouge River Gateway Trail which is heavily wooded and located close to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford. The Lower Rouge River Trail follows the Rouge River from Canton Center Rd. to the I-275 Metro Trail. The 3 mile trail crosses the river over 8 bridges and ties in with the ITC Corridor Trail that runs north for another 3 miles.

The Downriver Linked Greenways Trail stretches 24.5 miles from the Lower Huron Metropark to Lake Erie Metropark. This asphalt trail travels the Huron River basin through numerous metroparks and downriver communities.


The Macomb Orchard Trail is completely paved its 23.5 mile length; runs across northern Macomb County from Shelby Township in the west to Richmond in the east.

The Metro Parkway Trail (Freedom Trail) is 11 miles of paved trailway stretching from Lake St. Clair MetroPark in Harrison Township to Schoenherr Rd. in Sterling Heights.


The Island Lake Pathway runs east–west through the densely-wooded landscape of the Island Lake Recreation Area southeast of Brighton. Although relatively short, the paved trail may prove a challenge to some as it courses through hilly terrain. Lakelands Trail State Park is one of Michigan’s “linear” state parks which is made up of 8 miles of paved asphalt and 12 miles of compacted limestone trail which allows horseback riding from Pinckney to Stockbridge.