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Michigan State Parks

within the Southeast Michigan area

Most state parks require a Recreation Passport which can be purchased at any park entrance. Both day passes and annual permits are available. Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased at any sporting goods store.

The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for over 100 parks and operates 16 harbors on theGreat Lakes. There are 306,000 acres with over 14,000 campsitesand over 900 miles of trails. Log on to www.Michigan.gov/dnr for information about all of the state parks. Bald Mountain – Lake Orion, (248) 693-6767.

Eleven lakes, two trout streams, a sandy beach, boat rental, waterpark, numerous trails for hiking and biking. A shooting range allows everything from archery to skeet shooting.

Belle Isle State Park – Access at E. Jefferson & E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit (313)

821-9844. Michigan’s 102nd State Park is a 982-acre island in the Detroit River connected to the city of Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge. It is home to an aquarium, conservatory, nature center, lighthouse, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and numerous other park amenities.

Brighton Recreation Area – Howell, (810) 229-6566.

Almost 5,000 acres, this park has open hunting and trapping; lakes for swimming, fishing, boating; trails for hiking and mountain biking, plus equestrian facilities.

Outdoor Adventure Center

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

This family-friendly destination brings Michigan’s woods, water and wildlife inside a three-story, 40,000 square foot building near the Detroit Riverwalk and William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. This unique facility provides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages and abilities through a variety of activities and exhibits. There is an entrance fee.

Maybury State Park – Northville, (248) 349-8390.

This facility operates a year-round working farm representing life in the early 1900s. There are also miles of trailing for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and riding stables.

Pinckney Recreation Area – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913.

This park offers 11,000 acres of extensive trails, 40 miles of multi-use, the 35 mile Waterloo-Pinckney Trail, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Dodge #4 State Park – Waterford, (248) 682-7323.

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area – Waterford, (248) 666-1020.

Highland Recreation Area – White Lake, (248) 889-3750.

Proud Lake Recreation Area – Wixom, (248) 685-2433.

A mile of shoreline on Cass Lake this popular sandy beach has mobile concession stands on weekends during the summer. Ice fishing and hiking in the winter months. This park has a horse stable, 15 miles of riding trails, 17 miles of hiking trails, four lakes with boat access, fishing and Haven Hill Natural Area, former estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford.

Holly Recreation Area – Holly, (248) 634-8811

At 7,817 acres, several thousand are maintained for wildlife habitat. Swim in McGinnis Lake, fish and boat in others. Over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Camping available.

Island Lake Recreation Area – Brighton, (810) 229-7067.

“Up North” feel with cabins, trails, fishing, hunting. Kent Lake and Spring Mill Pond have swimming beaches.

Mark Levine Lakelands Trail State Park – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913.

A linear park, 34 miles long. Designed for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

Ponds, marshes, fields, miles of trails, horseback riding, beach, camping. Pontiac Lake has bass, pike and panfish and excellent hunting areas. This park has three lakes, hunting, fishing, canoeing and campground with its own beach and boat launch. Cross-country skis and canoes are available for rent. Riverhawk Lodge on site.

Seven Lakes State Park – Fenton, (248) 634-7271. Beautiful lakes, sandy beach for swimming, campground, boating and fishing. Picnic shelter, grills and playground equipment available for rent.

William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor –

Facts about the

GREAT LAKES

Spanning more than 750 miles from west to east, the Great Lakes are one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystems. 84% of North American’s surface fresh water (Enough to cover the contiguous U.S. States with a uniform depth of 9.5 feet of water!) 21% of the worlds supply of surface fresh water The Great Lakes Basin is home to nearly 25% of Canadian agricultural production and 7% of American farm production.

Detroit, (313) 396-0217. Located close to Hart Plaza and the Ren-Cen, this is Michigan’s first urban state park. Includes Has a population of more than 30 million Detroit’s three-mile Riverwalk and people - roughly 10% of the U.S. 52 slip marina. Complete with lightpopulation and more than 30% of house, picnic tables, and shore-fishing the Candadian population. famed for walleye.

Waterloo Recreation Area –

Chelsea, (734) 475-8307. The largest park in the lower peninsula, it covers 20,500 acres. Eleven lakes, 47 miles of trails (including equestrian), stables cabins for camping and Eddy Discovery Center which explores Michigan’s geological history.

Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve – Brooklyn, (517) 467-7401.

1,122 acres of open meadows, mixed hardwoods, low wetland areas and open water. An excellent waterfowl refuge, the park plans to offer hiking, birdwatching, upland hunting, mountain biking and other activities.

W.C. Wetzel Recreation Area – Marine City, (810) 765-5605.

900 acres of undeveloped park. Great for hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 28