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Parks

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

The 5 B’s and Franklin benefit from the abundance of parkland, conservation and recreation areas that are set aside for the residents of Metro Detroit to enjoy. From local community parks to county and regional parks, to state parks and recreational areas there are tens of thousands of acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting or just walking your dog. There are hundreds of lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs for boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. With all these natural resources Metro Detroit is a recreational and conservation paradise. Take time to check out the many options for a day adventure or a weekend getaway. Winter, Springs, Summer or Fall – the parks of Southeast Michigan are there for your enjoyment. Take advantage!

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks, one of the nation’s largest regional park systems, offer more than 25,000 acres of pristine parklands in 13 Metroparks located across Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston and Washtenaw counties). Head to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks for year-round outdoor recreation. The Metroparks host 7.3 million visitors each year! Call (810) 227-2757 or visit online at www.metroparks.com.

Lake Erie Metropark (1,607 acres) near Brownstown Township near Gibraltar. Three

miles of shoreline along Lake Erie provide a panoramic view. Shore fishing, wave-action swimming pool, bathhouse, food service building, picnic areas, shelter, children’s play area and marina. Cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter. 18-hole regulation golf course. Marshland Museum and Nature Center, nature trails. Three-mile paved hike/bike trail. (734) 379-5020.

Lake St. Clair Metropark (770 acres) In Harrison Township. Large sandy beach along

Delhi Metropark (81 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Colorful Delhi rapids, picnicplayground park along the Huron River with tables, play equipment and softball diamond, children’s playground and adventure ship. (734) 426-8211.

Lake St. Clair for swimming and sunning. “Squirt Zone” spray park, swimming pool, boardwalk, paved hike/bike trail, boat ramps and marinas along the Black Creek. Par 3 18-hole and Adventure golf courses, exercise “fit-trail,” picnic areas, open-air dance pavilion, tot lot, and nature study area. Naturalist-guided nature hikes. Ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (586) 463-4581.

Dexter-Huron Metropark (122 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Picnic-playground

Lower Huron Metropark (1,258 acres) near Belleville. Scenic park along the Huron

Park along the Huron River, canoe launch, fishing, labyrinth and softball diamond. (734) 426-8211.

Hudson Mills Metropark (1,549 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Along the Huron

River with scenic wooded areas, paved bike-hike and nature trails, picnic-playground areas, 18-hole regulation golf course, shore fishing, canoeing and scenic lagoon. Facilities include tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball courts plus a softball diamond near the Outdoor Activity Building. Cross-country skiing with rentals in winter. Two 24-hole disc golf courses. (734) 426-8211.

Huron Meadows Metropark (1,576 acres) south of Brighton. Paddle boats and

rowboats, picnic areas, children’s playground, fishing pier on Maltby Lake. 18-hole regulation golf course, driving range. Cross-country ski trails and equipment rentals in the winter. Boat rental. (734) 426-8211.

Indian Springs Metropark (2,547 acres) in White Lake. Hilly terrain and swamp

land at headwaters of the Huron River, with an Environmental Discovery Center, a large nature center and labeled nature trails, paved bike-hike trail and picnic areas. Naturalist guided nature hikes, underwater pond viewing room, special events and workshops, 18-hole regulation golf course, Spray-n-Play and tot lot. (248) 625-6640.

Kensington Metropark (4,486 acres) near Milford. Wooded, hilly terrain surrounds

the 1,200-acre Kent Lake ideal for fishing, boating and swimming. Paved bike-hike trail, picnic-playground areas, beaches, boat rentals, 18-hole regulation golf course, 27-hole disc golf course, Splash-n-Blast, nature center and trails. Visit the Kensington Farm Center and pet the animals. Enjoy a ride aboard the Island Queen II, a 46-passenger pontoon boat. And enjoy a full range of winter sports. (810) 227-8910.

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River with a parkway, picnic areas, playfields, fishing, playscape for tots, tennis courts, softball diamonds, nature trails, swimming pool and water slide, food service and bathhouse. Colorful redbud in the spring. Plus beautiful fall colors. Bike-hike trail. (734) 697-9181.

Oakwoods Metropark (1,756 acres) in New Boston. Primarily a nature oriented site

with nature center, exhibits and live displays. Labeled nature trails for self-guided hikes and voyageur canoe trips to observe the wonders of nature. Horseback riding trail, paved bike-hike trail. Bring your own canoe/kayak. (734) 782-3956.

Stony Creek Metropark (4,461 acres) in W. Shelby Township. Scenic, hilly countryside

surrounds 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, perfect for swimmers, anglers and boaters. Two beaches, boat rentals, paved bike-hike trail, exercise “fit-trail,” 18-hole regulation golf course, 24-hole disc golf course, picnic-playground areas, nature center and nature trails, winter sports including tobogganing, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating and cross-country skiing. (586) 781-4242.

Willow Metropark (1,651 acres) near New Boston. Beautifully landscaped grounds surround the central plaza area, with swimming pool, bathhouse, food service, basketball, shuffleboard, softball, skate park, large tot lot, outdoor dance center, paved bike-hike trails. Boat rentals and fishing on Washago Pond. Sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (734) 697-9181.

Wolcott Mill Metropark

(2,625 acres) in Ray Township west of New Haven. Historic grist mill and Farm Learning Center; tours available. 10 miles of equestrian trails. Open daily. (586) 752-5932 (farm).