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Sports and Recreation

Professional Sports Teams of Southeast Michigan

Detroit Lions (NFL)

Ford Field Detroit Detroit Pistons (NBA)

Little Caesars Arena (313) 262-2222 313-PISTONS www.detroitlions.com www.nba.com/pistons Detroit Tigers (MLB) Detroit Red Wings (NHL)

Comerica Park Detroit Little Caesars Arena (866) 66-TIGER (313) 471-7575 www.mlb.com/tigers www.nhl.com/redwings United Shore Professional Baseball (USPBL)

Jimmy John’s Field 7171 Auburn Rd., Utica 48317 (248) 601-2400 • uspbl.com

Metro Area Sports & Recreation Websites

www.OakGov.com

Oakland County parks system (See full listing at end of this section.) www.mhsaa.com

The home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. All sorts of information regarding every high school sport, rules and regulations are located here! 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.

Local Community Facilities

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation (248) 651-7810

4480 Orion Rd., Rochester 48306 • www.oaklandtownship.org Oakland township offers seasonal programs for residents and non-residents. Bear Creek Nature Park

Playground for children 5-12, picnic shelter, grill, trails, boardwalks and docks. Outdoor ice rink conditions permitting. Equestrian trail use June - February Cranberry Lake Park

Site of Oakland Township’s historic district. Trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding. Draper Twin Lake Park

Shoreline fishing, trails, biking, cross-country skiing. Gallagher Creek Park

Playground, picnic pavilion, restrooms. Lost Lake Nature Park

Sledding hill and warming shelter, nature center, floating docks, wetlands and farmlands. Marsh View Park

Features a beginning archery range, basketball court, scenic overlook, trails, picnic area, and active recreation fields. Paint Creek Trail

5.3 of the 8.9 miles run thru Oakland Township. Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park

Pedestrian trail map is available online. Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (248) 656-8308

500 E Second St., Rochester 48307 www.rararecreation.org Youth programs, leagues, camps, special needs programs and adult sports leagues open to residents of Rochester and Rochester Hills. Oakland Township residents pay an additional fee. City of Rochester www.ci.rochester.mi.us The parks include Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, a pond, tot lots, tennis courts, sand volleyball, Community House, portions of the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails and smaller parks with various athletic facilities. There is a kayak rack under the main street bridge. NOTE: City parks require dogs to have a permit. Applications are online or call the clerks office. City of Rochester Hills www.rochesterhills.org General questions and shelter reservations: (248) 656-4673, Sports field reservations: (248) 656-4797 Has 14 parks (2 not developed) with a variety of venues and athletic facilities including:

Avon Nature Area

Nature trails, pond, gazebo, scenic overlook, Clinton River frontage. Avondale Park

Sports fields for rent, shelter, picnic and play areas, tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts. Bloomer Park and Velodrome

Shelters, cricket field, sledding hill, volleyball nets,play structures and hiking/biking trails. Brooklands Plaza

Features a splash pad, restrooms, tables and chairs, and lit at night. Borden Park

Features batting cages, roller hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, pickleball, tennis courts, play structure, picnic tables, vending machines, restrooms. Helen V. Allen Park

Ball fields for rent. Trail, boardwalk, playground, 2 ponds, kayak landing. Innovation Hills

Access to the Clinton River, ponds, fishing, kayak landing and carts, a mile long boardwalk, shelter, playgrounds, restrooms. Pine Trace Golf Course (See golf information) Rochester Hills Museum and Van Hoosen Farm

(See Rochester Attractions and About Our Cover) Thelma G. Spencer Park

Features a lake with swimming beach, fishing,ice skating and boat rentals, tennis and sand volleyball courts. Veterans Memorial Pointe

Granite monument, gazebo, memorial pathway. Wabash Park

Community garden plots. Applications available thru Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. Call 656-0999. Play structure, picnic tables, and grills. Yates Park

Fish the Clinton River here, picnicking and hiking. Spencer, Bloomer and Yates parks require vehicle entry passes. Daily and annual permits can be purchased at the park locations, online or at City Hall. Archery

Detroit Archers

(248) 661-9610 • 5795 Drake Rd., West Bloomfield 48322 Target archery, classes, leagues, open shooting. www.detroitarchers.com Oakland County Parks

There is limited public deer archery hunting in six parks. Rules are listed on the individual park archery maps. Log on to www.OakGov.com • Independence Oaks- Offers archery classes and has a public archery range. Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club

4770 Waterford Rd., Clarkston 48346 Family oriented large indoor range. www.ocsc.club Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering

target archery classes. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Open range shooting is also offered in Marsh View Park. Pre-registrationis required. Call (248) 651-7810 or log on to www.oaklandtownship.org for fees, dates and times. Royal Oak Archers

2762 Orion Rd., Oakland Township 48363 (248) 693-9799 www.royaloakarchers.org Clubhouse and its 3 ranges just off the Paint Creek Trail overlooking the creek.

Authority (RARA) www.rochesterhillslittleleague.com (248) 656-8308 • www.rararecreation.org • Boys baseball ages 5-15 Adult modified, competitive, and co-ed • Girls softball ages 8-14 leagues. Register online. Youth lessons and leagues. Michigan Travel Baseball/Softball

www.yteams.com 2022 Spring/Summer tryout and team information Basketball

Michigan AAU Boys Basketball

www.aauhoops.com Michigan Girls AAU Basketball

www.aaugirlsbasketball.org lists all local clubs. Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA)

(248) 656-8308 www.rararecreation.org Division league play for children in kindergarten through 12th grades Mens, Womens, and Co-Ed Competitive and Recreation Teams. Open gym time available.

Biking/Hiking/Mountain Biking

Clinton River Trail - Has 16 miles of trail winding thru the communities of Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester and Rochester Hills. For more informationlog on to www.clintonrivertrail.org. Paint Creek Trail - Has 8.9 scenic miles of trail connecting the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Lake Orion. For more information log on to www.paintcreektrail.org. 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. Oakland County Parks

www.OakGov.com There are numerous trails throughout the parks system covering miles of land, many of which connect parks and recreation areas. Thre are trails specifically for mountain bikes and Addison Oaks in Leonard and Groveland Oaks in Holly offer mountain and specialty bikes for rent. League of Michigan Bicyclists

www.lmb.org • Local clubs listed online. Michigan Mountain Biking Association – MCMBA Motor City

www.mmba.org One of the largest affiliates of the International Mountain Biking Association. There are numerous chapters throughout the state. Log onto connect to chapterlinks and information regarding location of trails. International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (IVBP)

345 John R., Rochester Hills 48307, (248) 961-3705 www.ivbp.org Less than 30 in North America! Banked race track offers classes and public hours for use. Bloomer Park also has 7 miles of mountain bike trails. Call (248) 656-4753 for more information. There is a motor vehicle entry fee at the park. Stony Creek Metro Park

4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Township (586) 781-4242 This park has 14 miles of heavily wooded dirt single and two track trails, a 6.2 mile paved biking trail around the lake and the 24 mile Macomb Orchard Trail is accessible at the south end of the park. Boating/Paddling

There are numerous lakes in Oakland County that have hard surface ramps for watercraft trailers. They include: Big Lake,Springfield Township Cass Lake, Dodge Park in Waterford Township Maceday Lake, Waterford Township Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Waterford Township

Oakland Lake, Independence and Waterford Townships Lake Orion, in Bald Mountain Recreation Area Long Lake and Proud Lake in the Proud Lake Recreation Area. For more information see the “Parks” listings later in this section. Clinton River Watershed offers miles of canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Log on to www.crwc.org for exact locations and details! 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-motorizedwatercraft and boats can be carried into Rose Oaks. For more information log on to www.OakGov.com Huron Clinton Metroparks have boat launches, slips and storage available at • Stony Creek Metropark • Kensington Metropark • Lake St. Clair Metropark • Lake Erie Metropark Bocce

Palazzo di Bocce

4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, 48359 (248) 371-9987 • www.palazzodibocce.com Has 10 indoor courts and restaurant. Offers open play, leagues and tournaments.

Bowling

Avon North Hill Lanes

150 W. Tienken, Rochester Hills, 48306 (248) 651-8544 • www.avonnorthhilllanes.com Classic Lanes

2145 Avon Industrial Dr., Rochester Hills, 48309 (248) 852-9100 • www.myclassiclanes.com USBC – Metro Detroit Association

28200 Southfield Rd.Lathrup Village, 48076 (248) 443-2695 www.mdusbc.com Provides information on all bowling alleys, leagues, records, rules and tournaments in the Metro Detroit area.

Waterford Hills Road Racing at Oakland County Sportsmen Club

4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, 48346 (248) 623-0700 www.waterfordhills.com Racing events, club racing program and open track days for the public. Michigan International Speedway

12626 US Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230 (517) 592-6666 www.mispeedway.com NASCAR racing in the scenic Irish Hills. 52999 Dequindre Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 601-6699 www.onyxicearena.com Adult leagues, lessons, open skate time and rentals; drop in hockey. Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy

(248) 601-6699 www.onyxskatingacademy.com Rochester Hockey Club at the Suburban Ice

Lapeer International Dragway

(248) 601-6699 • www.onyxicearena.com

2691 Roods Lake Rd., Lapeer, 48446 (810) 938-9959 www.lapeerinternationaldragway.com Cars, motorcycles and even snowmobiles are welcomed. Log on for dragway schedule and rules of the strip. Skate Outdoors in the Winter

• Crooked Lake, in Independence Oaks County Park

• Stony Creek Lake, in Stony Creek Metropark

Fishing/Ice Fishing

There are 1,400 lakes and streams stemming from 6 major watersheds in Oakland County many have public access for fishing. Species include Rainbow and Brown Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Catfish and more. A fishing license is required for those 17 and older. Log on to www.oakgov.com for all locations, types of access and fish speices. Oakland County Parks have 6 that offer fishing access from shore,docks and/or boats. • Addison Oaks • Independence Oaks • Rose Oaks • Groveland Oaks • Orion Oaks • Highland Oaks Ice fishing is permitted in all the above except Groveland Oaks. See Oakland County Parks for more information. Stony Creek Metro Park in the Huron Clinton MetroParks System

offer fishing and ice fishing for bass, pike, walleye, catfish and black crappie in the 500 acre Stony Creek Lake. (See Parks section) Fishing is also allowed in many State Parks. See the State Parks information in this section for more details. NOTE: If you are 17 years of age or older you need a license to fish.There are short-term licenses available. Applications and permits can be purchased online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. They are also available at Dicks Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, Meijers, and Bass Pro Shop locations. www.michigan.org • Rochester Municipal Park pond

• Bear Creek Nature Park in Oakland Township • Spencer Park in Rochester Hills

Horseback Riding

Oakland County Parks have multi-use trails in: • Addison Oaks • Highland Oaks • Rose Oaks

Metro Parks offer trail riding in: • Kensington • Oakwoods • Wolcott Mill • Indian Springs

State Parks offer trails and camps in numerous recreation areas including: • Highland • Pontiac Lake • Proud Lake • Ortonville

See “Parks” section for details, locations and websites. Oakland Township – many of the parks allow horseback riding although there are a few restrictions on the limestone trails in the spring. Call (248) 651-7810 or log on to the Parks and Recreation page at www.oaklandtownship.org Paint Creek Trail allows riding north of Dutton Road. Check it out at www.paintcreektrail.org Hunting

Oakland County Parks have limited public archery hunting for deer in: • Highland Oaks in Highland • Lyon Oaks in Wixom • Orion Oaks in Lake Orion • Rose Oaks in Rose Twp • Addison Oaks, East only • Independence Oaks, North only Log on to www.OakGov.com Hunting is also available at these State Recreational areas:

Provides a wealth of information about fishing, including fish identification, fishing guides by season, maps by county, charter and fly fishing services and links to state fish hatcheries.

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. The most popular spot for steelhead fishing is in Yates Park at the intersection of Dequindre and Avon Road - A valid license is required along with a trout/ salmon stamp.

Football and Cheer

Rochester Football and Cheer

PO Box 82423 Rochester, 48308 Football Coach Reid (248) 622-8219 www.rochesterfootballand cheer.com Cheer: Grades 1-8 •Football ages: 7-14

Hockey/Ice Skating

Detroit Skating Club

888 Denison Court, Bloomfield Hills 48302 (248) 332-3000 www.dscclub.com Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

7800 Gale Rd., Waterford, 48327 (248) 666-1020 3,745 acres of marshes, ponds, lakes and heavily wooded areas support a variety of animals for excellent hunting. Highland Recreation Area

Hunting and Fishing

5200 E. Highland Rd., Highland, 48383 (248) 889-3750 5,900 acres of forest, marshes and rolling hills. Boat access sites on 4 lakes. Information about hunting licenses, seasons, fees, time tables and online applications can be found at www.michigan.gov/dnr. To purchase a specific type of license and see availability online, log on to www.mdnr-elicense.com. The local DNR operations service center is in Detroit at 1801 Atwater Street. Phone: (313) 396-6890.

The State of Michigan requires a To explore hunting areas by region or specific city log on to license which can be purchased www.michigan.org. online 24/7 along with special hunt applications and permits. Oakland Township has periods of controlled archery deer hunting

General Questions? (517) 284-6057 in Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park. A township permit is required. Log on to www.oaklandtownship.org for more information. www.mdnr-elicense.com

(248) 376-8033 • www.rochesterunitedsharks.com Based on school grade levels, there are various levels of play. Michigan Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse

www.michiganlacrosse.org • “Where to Play” lists local chapter members. Running

For local club information and contact numbers check out:

Running in the USA, www.runningintheusa.com

Road Runners Club of America, www.rrca.org Soccer

Rochester Soccer Club

6841 N. Rochester Rd. #301A, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 650-0113 • www.rscsoccer.org Michigan State Youth Soccer

(734) 459-6220 • www.michiganyouthsoccer.org Magic Soccer

P.O. Box 70502, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 941-5160 • magicsoccer.info Michigan Youth Soccer League

www.michigansoccer.com • Competitive leagues for youth U7-U19 Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA)

(248) 656-8308 www.rararecreation.org Check online brochure for all leagues and tournaments. Youth and adult indoor and outdoor play.

One Club. Two Choices. Your Path.

Michigan Stars Lightning and Michigan Stars Elite represent the premier and elite travel soccer programs of Rochester Soccer Club. The programs are designed for players to develop and compete at the highest level. The year long commitment, with professional and nationally licensed coaches and one of the best player development methods, is designed to maximize player development and focus on every player's long term success. The program offers a range of competitive leagues: Michigan Youth Soccer League, Directors Academy, Michigan State Premier Soccer Program and National League Conference.

202 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills 48326, (248) 370-9353 Free and unsupervised. For skateboard, in-line skates and BMX bikes. Open 8am - dusk April to November. Skiing/Snowboarding

Alpine Valley in White Lake Mt. Holly in Holly

(248) 887-2180 www.skialpinevalley.com (248) 634-8269 www.skimtholly.com Pine Knob in Clarkston

(248) 625-0800 www.skipineknob.com Cross Country trails are available throughout the area. Skiing can be enjoyed at these locations that have miles of groomed trails: Addison Oaks in Leonard Independence Oaks in Clarkston

Rochester Hills has ungroomed trails in Bloomer and Spencer Parks. Log on to www.michigan.gov for a complete list of destinations. Snowmobiling

There are over 6,500 maintained interconnected trails throughout the state. Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association

(616) 361-2285 www.misorva.org Lists of local clubs, safety class locations, trail maps and conditions. Michigan Department of Natural Resources

www.michigan.gov/dnr Information on ORV/ATV registration requirements, maps of trails, routes and new interactive guide online. www.Michigan.org

Website lists parks and locations of trails. Swimming

Michigan Swimming

(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. Tennis

RARA (Rochester Avon Recreation Authority)

(248) 656-8308 www.rararecreation.org Offers outdoor lessons for children and adults spring, summer and fall. There are lighted tennis courts in Rochester’s Municipal Park, downtown behind city hall. Avondale, Bordon and Spencer Parks in Rochester Hills have outdoor courts. Log on to www.rochesterhills.org for more info.

• Blackheath

3311 North Rochester Rd.,

Rochester 48306 (248) 601-8000 www.blackheathgolfclub.com • Fieldstone Golf Club

1984 Taylor Rd.

Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 370-9354 www.fieldstonegolfclub.com • Great Oaks Country Club (Private)

777 Great Oaks Blvd. Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5200 www.greatoakscc.com

GOLF

• Myth Golf Course & Banquets

850 Stoney Creek Road,

Oakland Township 48363 (248) 693-7170 www.golfthemyth.com • Pine Knob Golf Club

5580 Waldon Road

Clarkston, 48348 (248) 625-4430 www.pineknobgolfclub.com • Pine Trace Golf Club

3600 Pine Trace Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-7100 www.pinetrace.com • Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club

455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland Twp 48363 (248) 650-4550 www.twinlakesgc.com • The WestWynd Bar, Grille & Golf

4161 North Adams Rd.,

Oakland Township 48306 (248) 608-7820 www.westwyndgolf.com • The Wyndgate Country Club

(private) 1975 West Gunn Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 652-4283 www.thewyndgate.com Other Golf Resources Oakland County Parks Courses

• Springfield Oaks, in Davisburg • White Lake Oaks, in White Lake

Township Huron-Clinton Metropark Course

• Indian Springs, in White Lake

Township

Metro Detroit, and by extension Greater Rochester 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, SADDLE UP and RIDE, RIDE, RIDE!!! The Clinton River Trail extends for 16 miles WAYNE COUNTY in Oakland County and runs from Sylvan Lake to Rochester. Belle Isle State Park is located near downtown Detroit in the Detroit River. The park has a 6 mile bike lane that circles the The West Bloomfield Trail is a 6.8 mile rail trail connect- outer edge of the island. ing West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake. The eastern end connects with the Clinton The Detroit Riverwalk offers views of the Detroit Skyline for River Trail. 3.5 miles along the Detroit River. 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 The Grosse Ile Trail is located downriver; runs 6.2 miles along the entire length of Grosse Ile. communities of Orion Township, Lake Orion, Oxford Township, Oxford, Addison Township ad Leonard in Oakland County. Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path just over a mile long in downtown The Huron Valley Trail is an extensive network connecting Detroit. The trail has separate 25 miles of trails, including Kensington MetroPark in Milford and lanes for cyclists 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. pedestrians and you'll find entrance ramps at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, Franklin, Mack 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 The Paint Creek Trail is 8.9 scenic miles connecting the communities of foot and vehicle traffic, which continued overhead Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Lake Orion. First “rail to unimpeded on more than a dozen bridges.trail” route in State of Michigan. 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.

Hiking and Biking Around the Greater Rochester Area 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.

OAKLAND COUNTYGENESEE COUNTY

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.

MACOMB COUNTY

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.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

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.