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From the Greater Rochester area you can easily reach the many wonders of Michigan. It could be a day trip to Frankenmuth for a family chicken dinner or a weeklong tour above the Mighty Mac exploring the Upper Peninsula. Wherever you go the diversity of Michigan will amaze and humble. From picture rocks and picturesque waterfalls to a presidential library and museum, resort beach communities, a “tunnel of trees” or wine tour, Michigan has it all. And when you’re done, Greater Rochester will be awaiting your return so you can continue your adventure closer to home.

Air Zoo

6151 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo (866) 524-7966 • www.airzoo.org This world class, Smithsonian affiliated aerospace and science museum features over 100 historic aircraft, flight simulators, experience theater, amusement rides, hands on exhibits and a restoration program for planes rescued from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Log on for hours and directions to the Flight Innovation and Discovery Centers.

Alden B. Dow Home & Studio

315 Post St., Midland (866) 315-7678 • www.abdow.org The architect son of the Dow Chemical Company founder built this house which is considered an excellent example of organic architecture surrounded by gardens and pond. It is open for tours.

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens

1809 Eastman Ave., Midland (800) 362-4874 • www.dowgardens.org Enjoy 4 miles of hard surfaced paths within acres of woodlands, orchards, and meadows. There is a playground, program shelter, cafe, and the nation’s longest Canopy Walk at 1,400 feet long, climbing up to 40 feet. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids (888) 957-1580 •. www.meijergardens.org Ranked in the top 100 most visited art museums worldwide and billed as one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences. The 158-acre campus features numerous indoor and outdoor gardens and a tropical conservatory, nearly 300 permanent sculptures, amphitheater, music concerts, visiting and holiday exhibitions.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum

www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov Library: 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 205-0555. Located on the campus of the University of Michigan, the library holds historical materials including photos, documents, collections and oral histories available for research. Museum: 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids 49504, (616) 254-0400. The permanent collection highlights the President from his youth to his life in the White House. There is a replica of the Oval Office, a gallery of 1970s memorabilia and an interactive Cabinet Room. There are also temporary exhibits and educational program features. Hartwick Pines State Park & Logging Museum

4216 Ranger Rd., Grayling • (989) 348-7068 At 9,672 acres this park is one of the largest in the state. It still holds 49 acres of old growth pines, a museum that tells the tale of the “Shanty Boys”, four lakes and a wide variety of habitats.

Most vineyards in Michigan are within 25 miles of Lake Michigan. This insulating “lake effect” extends the growing season up to a month for a variety of grapes. There are 5 appellations in Michigan. Each is a little different in environment and feel. The Lake Michigan Shore and Fennville AVA’s are in the southwest corner of the State. Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula and Tip of the Mitt AVA’s are along the northern most coastline of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Each has numerous wineries, tasting rooms and tours. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition of 2022 awarded best in class to 4 Michigan Wineries (make sure you stop in when exploring!). 1. Ciccone Vineyard & Winery (Leelanau Peninsula in Suttons Bay) – Gewurztraminer 2. St. Julien Winery (in Paw Paw Michigan and other locations) – Braganini Reserve Traminette 3. Chateau Chantal (Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City) Amour Rose` 4. Aurora Cellars (Leelanau Peninsula) – Grűner Veltliner If you are doing an overnight you might want to consider these 2021 USA Today Best Readers Choice Michigan Wine Country Hotels... • Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, MI • Hotel Walloon on Walloon Lake close to Petoskey, MI • Inn at Black Star Farms on the Leelanau Peninsula in Suttons Bay, MI

Have Fun Exploring Michigan’s Cool ClimateWine Country

4000 J. Maddy Pkwy, Interlochen 49643 (231) 276-7200 • www.interlochen.org Situated on 1,200 wooded acres between two lakes, this campus is all about the arts. There are public concerts, art and music festivals, summer arts program, adult art classes and boarding high school for visual and performing arts students. City of Marshall

(800) 877-5163 Visitor’s Center • www.marshallmi.org Located at the crossroads of I-69 and I-94, this city is a perfect example of 19th century small town America. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. Attractions include the landmark Memorial Fountain, Cornwell’s Turkeyville professional dinner theatre, American Museum of Magic, Governor’s Mansion (1839), Town Hall (1857), Post Office and U.S. Postal Museum, Barton theatre organ, and much more! Mackinac Island

(906) 847-3783 • www.mackinacisland.org Step back in time to a unique setting undisturbed by modern means of transportation. Listen to the clip clop of horse drawn carriages shuttling residents and visitors alike to destinations around this jewel of an island located at the very tip of the mitt. Enjoy cocktails on the porch of the Grand Hotel or dine in one of the restaurants along the docks. Must do’s are a bike ride around the island, people watching at the Pink Pony and of course unhindered fudge tasting whenever you can. Make the journey! Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Located at Saginaw Valley State University 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw 48170 (989) 964-7125 • www.marshallfredericks.org Over 2,000 objects and a sculptor’s studio are on exhibit. Well known locally for his downtown landmark “Spirit of Detroit”, the “Cross in the Woods” up north in Indian River and numerous pieces gracing local parks, churches and libraries in the Metro Detroit area. Mr. Fredericks lived and worked in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area until his death in 1998.

Michigan State Capitol

100 N. Capital Ave., Lansing 48933 (517) 373-2348 • www.capital.michigan.gov Dedicated in 1879. It was one of the first buildings to copy the architecture of the Capital in Washington, DC. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, call for tour information.

Pictured Rocks National Shoreline

1505 Sand Point Road, Munising 49862 (906) 387-3700 • www.nps.gov Hugging the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, the best way to view the dramatic towering cliffs, waterfalls, beaches, and multi-color rock formations is by boat! The park also offers miles of trails, bogs, beaches, and campsites. It is a four-season recreation destination and a true Michigan treasure. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

9922 Front St., Empire 49630 (231) 326-5134 • www.nps.gov One of the most beautiful areas along Lake Michigan (35 miles long). Stop at the Visitor’s Center, take a sevenmile scenic drive or get out and climb the dunes! The dune climb is located off M-109 and is complete with vending machines and bookstore.

The Leelanau Peninsula Located in the Grand Traverse Bay area of Northern Michigan, the Peninsula features a wide variety of top attractions. The 35 miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been voted “the most beautiful place in America” by Good Morning America. Historic Fishtown is comprised of old weathered fish shanties on docks now used for galleries, retail and restaurants. It still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing village in the State. The Leelanau

Peninsula Wine Trail is divided into 3 mini-trails, each with numerous stops for tasting rooms and beautiful views of the bay. Grand Traverse Lighthouse is a museum complete with a climb to the tower, fogsignal building and shipwreck exhibit. Located at the tip of the peninsula in the Leelanau State Park.

S.S. Badger (Lake Michigan Car Ferry)

701 Maritime Dr., Ludington 49431 (800) 841-4243 • www.ssbadger.com Sails mid-May through mid-October between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowac, Wisconsin (crossing time is 4 hours). Food and bar service, movies, TV, entertainment, outside decks, and on-board gift shop. Tahquamenon Falls State Park

41382 W. M123, Paradise MI, 49768 www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails • (906) 492-3415 50,000 acres State Park with its centerpiece being the Tahquamenon River and its waterfalls. A 4-mile River Trail connects the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. The Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River with a drop of nearly 50 feet and more than 200 feet across.

SS Silversides Submarine Museum

1346 Bluff St., Muskegon 49441 (231) 755-1230 • www.silversidesmuseum.org Located on the south side of the Muskegon Lake Channel, this WWII submarine is credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships, received 4 Presidential Unit Citations and 12 Battle Stars for her service. The museum is also home to the Prohibition era Coast Guard Cutter McLane, one of the last of its class in existence. Sub-Tech classes are available for children and adults. Tours daily. Log on for times depending on time of the year. Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens

1809 Eastman Ave., Midland (800) 362-4874 • www.dowgardens.org Enjoy 4 miles of hard surfaced paths within acres of woodlands, orchards, and meadows. There is a playground, program shelter, cafe, and the nation’s longest Canopy Walk at 1,400 feet long, climbing up to 40 feet.

West Coast Beaches & Communities New Buffalo to Muskegon

On the shores of southern Lake Michigan. Dotting the coastline are many beautiful sandy beaches and “quaint” and “not so quaint” towns and cities offering great eating, shopping and antiquing. Enjoy the many special events like Holland’s Tulip Festival which draws thousandsof visitors annually. Zehnders of Frankenmuth

730 S. Main St., Frankenmuth (800) 863-7999 • www.zehnders.com Click on “restaurant”. A Michigan “must do”! One of the oldest and largest family restaurants, famous for its family-style, all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. Numerous special events, especially around Christmas.

Six State parks in Michigan ar home to protected dark sky preserves. Michigan is also home to THREE internationally designated dark sky preserves. The first internationally designated preserve was Headlands. Headlands International Dark Sky Park The Headlands is open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. Programs take place rain or shine! Visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark sky viewing opportunities (camping units like tents and campers are not permitted; the Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but a place to stay awake and view the stars!). You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. Plan accordingly and dress for temperatures 10 degrees below what you expect. For a list of upcoming programs, events, maps and more, visit theDark Sky Parks website below. 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 • 231-348-1704 • www.midarkskypark.org The second internationally designated dark sky preserve opened in 2019 at the Dr. T.K. Lawless Park Located in Cass County in the southwest corner of the State. Includes inland lakes and streams and is named after Dr. Theodore Kenneth Lawless MD who posthumously deeded the land (850 acres) to the County in 1971. Hours of operation are posted at the park. Admission is $1 for county residents, $3 for non-residents. Also includes trails, ballfields, disc golf, cross-country skiing, innertube sledding, mountain biking, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. Modern restrooms and electricity in the shelters are provide for comfort. 15122 Monkey Run Street, Vandalia, MI 49095 The third internationally designated dark sky preserve was approved by The International Dark Sky Association in 2022. It is the first dark sky preserve in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Keweenaw Dark Sky Park Offers a unique experience for stargazing in the Midwest. Headquartered at the historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge allows visitors to view the magnificence of the night sky in a pristine boreal landscape while also having the opportunity to engage in astrophotography and lighting management workshops. This 500-acre campus is surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped wilderness and is surrounded by the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. The Dark Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day and is home to many natural resources and habitats for creatures such as bald eagles. owls. woodpeckers, deer, wolves, bears, coyotes, and more. 14252 US Highway 41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918 • keweenawmountainlodge.com 17

Parks

Greater Rochester benefits from the abundance of parkland, conservation and recreation areas that are set aside for 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, Spring, 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 Huron-Clinton Metroparks 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.

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, fishing and boat rentals. (734) 426-8211. Dexter-Huron Metropark (122 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Picnic-playground Park along the Huron River, canoe launch, fishing, boat rentals and biking. (734) 426-8211. Hudson Mills Metropark (1,549 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Along the Huron River with scenic wooded areas, camping, paved bike-hike and nature trails, picnicplayground areas, 18-hole regulation golf course, shore fishing, canoeing and scenic lagoon. Facilities include 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, 19 miles of equestrian trails, picnic-playground areas, beaches, boat rentals, 18-hole regulation golf course, two 18-hole disc golf courses, 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.

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. 18hole 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 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. Lower Huron Metropark (1,256 acres) near Belleville. Scenic park along the Huron River with a parkway, picnic areas, playfields, fishing, playscape for tots, tennis courts, softball diamonds, nature trails, swimming pool and two waterslides, 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) 697-9181. Stony Creek Metropark (4,435 acres) in W. Shelby Township. Scenic, hilly countryside surrounds 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, perfect for swimmers, anglers and boaters. Two beaches, waterslide, 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 (1,532 acres) near New Boston. Beautifully landscaped grounds surround the central plaza area, with swimming pool, waterslide, playscape, bathhouse, food service, 18-hole golf course, 24 holes of disc golf, basketball, shuffleboard, softball, volleyball, soccer and paved bikehike trails. Boat rentals and fishing on Huron River. Sledding and crosscountry 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; fishing, hiking and biking and 10 miles of equestrian trails. Open daily. (586) 752-5932 (farm).

Macomb County Parks

Macomb County is home to more than 3800 acres of municipal parks, 3 Metroparks and one State Park.

The county has access to numerous inland lakes and

Lake St. Clair with 31 miles of shoreline, over 100 marinas, and 40 golf courses. For more information visit www.macombcountymi.gov/parks. Major parks include:

Freedom Hill – Sterling Heights, 100 acres. Hosts numerous events including festivals, outdoor markets and concerts at the amphitheater. There is a playscape, bike path, nature trail and pavilions. Macomb Orchard Trail – Shelby Township (24 Mile Road and Dequindre) northeast to Richmond. This 24-mile linear hiking and biking path will link to 180 miles of trails in Southeast Michigan. Stony Creek – (586) 781-4242. Utica and Rochester (see Huron Clinton Metroparks). Lake St. Clair – (586) 463-4581. Mount Clemens, on Lake St. Clair (See Huron Clinton Metroparks). Wolcott Mill – (586) 752-5932 (farm). Along the banks of the Clinton River in Ray Township (see Huron-Clinton Metroparks).18

Oakland County Parks

14 parks, 5 golf courses 3 dog parks, 2 nature centers. The parks offer year-round recreation, including swimming, camping, hiking, boating, golfing and picnicking to cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. For information call 88-OCPARKS or visit www.oakgov.com. Addison Oaks, West Romeo Road, Leonard. This scenic 1,140-acre park offers camping at individual or group sites, yurts and cabins. A 20+ mile trail system for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Boats, kayaks and bikes are available to rent, 18-hole disc golf course, fishing, geocaching and picnic shelters. The historic Tudor style Buhl Estate can be rented for weddings, banquets or business functions. Catalpa Oaks, off Greenfield Road in Southfield. Offers 24 acres of open space featuring four soccer fields, playgrounds, playscape, perimeter walking trail, pavilion and restrooms.

Glen Oaks Golf Course, 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. An 18-hole, par 70 course with facilities for weddings/receptions, banquets and golf outings. Pro shop, grill room and outdoor patio. Groveland Oaks, Dixie Highway in Holly. Features full hook up and modern campsites, eight cabins, four yurts and island pavilions located on Stewart Lake. The park has a sandy beach, fishing pier, boat, kayak and bike rentals. Other amenities include miniature golf, skateboard park, playscapes, volleyball and basketball courts, concessions and campground store. Highland Oaks off Milford Road in Highland. Located within the Shiawassee Headwaters, 302 acres of hills, wetlands, forests and pastures. Archery deer hunting is allowed in season. There are trails for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Fishing available from a floating dock. Holly Oaks ORV Park, Dixie Hwy., Holly. Enter the park via Mt. Holly Ski Resort. Ticket sales can be purchased online and is highly recommended. Remember DNR ORV and ORV trail stickers are required ahead of time. Vehicles must have mufflers and spark arresters. Log on to www.oakgov.com or michigan.gov/dnr for rules and regulations. (248) 653-0710 Independence Oaks, on Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. A naturally maintained, 1,286-acre park with picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating (Crooked Lake) youth group camping, nature study, 12 miles of nature and ski trails with two paved trails. Also includes Wint Nature Center and Cohn Amphitheater. Lyon Oaks, Pontiac Trail, Wixom. This park has a day-use area with hiking trails, picnic area with shelter, playground and a 13-acre, fenced, off-leash Bark Park. Lyon Oaks Nature Center offers interpretive programs. The adjacent 18-hole, Arthur Hills-designed golf course offers bent grass greens, tees and fairways, plus a stateof-the-art practice facility and driving range. The golf course’s picturesque clubhouse accommodates up to 450.

Orion Oaks, Clarkston Road, Orion Township. Nature preserve of more than 916 acres of green space. Amenities include fishing on 90-acre Lake Sixteen, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking. Wheelchair-accessible fishing deck is also available. A 13-acre off-leash Bark Park offers swimming access. Red Oaks, Madison Heights. The waterpark is located on 13 Mile Road. This popular attraction includes a wave action pool, triple-flume waterslide, splash pad with numerous interactive features, picnic areas and pavilions. The golf course is off John R Road and is great for beginners. Foot golf can be played as well. A dog park, nature center and youth soccer complex. Rose Oaks, Buckhorn Lake Road, Rose Township. The park has 640 acres of gently rolling terrain with open meadows, wooded uplands and valuable wetlands. Hiking, bird watching and fishing are available. Five miles of equestrian off Fish Lake Rd. Springfield Oaks, Andersonville Road near Hall Road, Davisburg. A large activity center and surrounding grounds hosts the annual Oakland County Fair. The 18hole, par 71 golf course also has a clubhouse, pro shop, cart rental, bar and grill room. Home to a 5-acre community garden, 2 outdoor arenas and an indoor arena in the grand 14,000 sq. ft. historic Ellis Barn, built in 1885. Waterford Oaks, Scott Lake, Waterford. This 199-acre park is home to a waterpark, world class BMX track, playscape, trails, platform tennis and sand volleyball courts. Winter sledding hill, picnic shelters for rent, Lodge and Activity Center. The Oakland County Farmers Market and Oakland County Parks headquarters are also located here.

White Lake Oaks Golf Course, Williams Lake Road, White Lake Township. This Scenic 18-hole, par 70 course has banquet facilities, pro shop, club room and garden patio.

Wayne County Parks

An integral part of the term “rest and relaxation” since 1919, the Wayne County Parks Division has been caring for and constantly improving these priceless investments. There are more than 7,500 acres devoted to recreation (including two golf courses) and 391 miles of streams and rivers. For more information call (734) 261-1990, www.waynecounty.com.

Bell Creek Recreation Area – Redford Township, corner of 5 Mile Road and Inkster Road, (734) 261-1990. These scenic 62 acres along the banks of the Rouge River include soccer fields, ball diamonds and tennis courts. Also shows movies and hosts concerts.

Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Preserve – 27600 Haggerty Road, Sumpter,

between Will Carleton and Willow Roads. (734) 654-1220. This is an interpretive park, education, and fun all in one! Open year round there are trails for horseback riding, cross-country skiing or walking. A 40-foot observation tower and campgrounds are also on the property.

Elizabeth Park – East of I-75 off W. Jefferson and Van Horn Road, Trenton. The first county park in Michigan! This park offers 162 acres of fun including softball, biking, inline skating and ice-skating venues. There is a Victorian shelter and wedding gazebo perfect for parties. The park’s Detroit River shoreline (1,300 feet) allows for a 52-slip marina (open April 1 - October 31) and boat launch. Jazz concerts and kids programs are featured. “Chateau on the River” party venue located here.

Hines Parkway – The parkway runs 17 miles and includes over 20 individual parks in its path from Northville (entrance off 7 Mile Road between Sheldon and Northville Roads) to the southeast end of Dearborn Heights (entrance off Ford Road between Outer Drive and Evergreen). There is a paved pathway for biking, hiking or rollerblading and many places to picnic in the various parks along the way. (Go to www.waynecounty.com/parks for information on the individual parks accessible along the parkway, each with unique amenities.)

Inkster Valley Golf Course – 2150 Middlebelt Road, quarter mile north of Michigan Avenue, Inkster, (734) 722-8020. This 18-hole, par 72 championship course opened in 1998 and uses 100 acres of wetlands in its natural setting. There is a clubhouse and advanced reservations are necessary.

Lola Valley Park – Beech Daly and Puritan Road, Redford Township, (734) 261-1990. Located along the banks of the Lola Valley Creek, the slopes are perfect for sledding in the winter. Summer weather allows perfect conditions for the disc golf course to be enjoyed. Lower Rouge Parkway – Along the banks of the Rouge River, (734) 261-1990. Three different parks are featured here… Colonial Park at Inkster and Colonial Roads has baseball, soccer and picnic areas. Inkster Recreation Area in downtown Inkster has a great playscape, ball diamond and picnicking. Venoy-Dorsey Recreation Area has baseball diamonds available, call to reserve.

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center – 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit, (313) 822-7665. Splish Splash Land includes a wave pool, two giant water slides and a concession area. We dare you to stay dry!

William P. Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve – Along the Tonquish Creek

in the northeast part of the county, it encompasses 550 acres with the land left in its natural state. There are woods, wetlands and meadows to explore with over ten miles of hiking trails. (Check out www.co.wayne.mi.us/dps for more information.)

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

9311 Groh Rd., Grosse Ile 48138 • www.fws.gov

This international refuge is the first and only refuge in North America managed by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Located in the heart of a major metropolitan area the refuge consists of coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, islands and waterfront parks stretching for 48 miles along the

Detroit River and western Lake Erie shoreline. Humbug Marsh is a hot spot for fish spawning and is classified internationally as important to threatened and endangered wildlife species. 20

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 the Great Lakes. There are 306,000 acres with over 14,000 campsites and over 900 miles of trails. Log on to www.Michigan.gov/dnr for information about all 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. Dodge #4 State Park – Waterford, (248) 682-7323 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. Highland Recreation Area – White Lake, (248) 889-3750 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 8,008 acres, with several thousand being 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. Four inland lakes, beaches and a portion of the Huron River run through the park. Mike 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.

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. Pontiac Lake Recreation Area – Waterford, (248) 666-1020 Ponds, marshes, fields, miles of trails, horseback riding, beach, camping. Pontiac Lake has bass, pike and panfish and excellent hunting areas. Proud Lake Recreation Area – Wixom, (248) 685-2433

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. River Hawk 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 –Detroit, (313) 396-0217 Located close to Hart Plaza and the Ren-Cen, this is Michigan’s first urban state park. Includes Detroit’s three-mile Riverwalk and 52 slip marina. Complete with lighthouse, picnic tables, and shorefishing famed for walleye.

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. Has a population of more than 30 million people - roughly 10% of the U.S. population and more than 30% of the Candadian population.

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.