The 2022 Resource Guide - LIFESTYLE 4 Greater Rochester

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Welcome to Greater Rochester......……….........4 Rochester……………..……6 Rochester Hills……………8 Oakland Township... ......... 9 When You’re In Rochester …………………...10 In Macomb County…………….……11 In Oakland County ……………………12 In Wayne County……………………..... 13 In Detroit …14 Looking For More – Everything Michigan.....16 WHAT’S INSIDE GREATER ROCHESTER • 1:1 tutoring • Kindergarten – college • All subjects & levels + Spanish • Homework help • Study skills • AP help • SAT/ACT prep • Occupational Therapy • Convenient Scheduling • Weekends and summer programs • Handwriting class 811 Oakwood Dr., Suite 203 , Rochester, MI 48307 248-656-3806 • Learning Differences Welcome Lynn Marie Oates Branch Manager NMLS #1495433 Envoy Mortgage, Ltd – NMLS #6666 120 W. 4th Street, Rochester, MI 48307 office 248.218.0663 cell 248.875.1092 fax 248.864.2517 email loates@envoymortgage www One
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Welcome to Greater Rochester

The Greater Rochester area is comprised of three communities - the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Rochester was the first settlement in Oakland County in 1817. It quickly became a center of commerce that was connected by a spur roadway off the Detroit – Pontiac highway. These roads eventually became known as Rochester Road and Woodward Avenue.

Early settlers of Rochester discovered an area of rich farmland, with forests of oak and other hardwoods. Streams, creeks and rivers crisscrossed the landscape. The local waterpower was soon harnessed to power a sawmill, which became the community’s first industry. The building of a school came soon after with a school system organized and funded by 1848.

In 1869, the Village of Rochester was incorporated as an independent community. In the 1870’s the railroad came to Rochester, which enhanced the area’s commercial and industrial activity. Many of the railroad tracks were placed along various canal banks, the Clinton River and Paint Creek.

These rail lines connected Rochester to Pontiac, Lake Orion, Port Huron, Bay City and Detroit. Most of these rail lines no longer exist, but their roadbeds have been repurposed into a network of biking and hiking trails that enhance recreational opportunities of residents and visitors to Greater Rochester.

Each community has a distinct personality and lifestyle. Oakland Township has retained a more rural setting, including a working farm that provides local produce to area markets. Rochester Hills is more suburban with housing developments, shopping malls and executive/industrial parks. Rochester is more urban with a downtown filled with shops and restaurants surrounded by tree-lined residential streets. Together they form Greater Rochester, a community that is centrally located in the Metro Detroit/ Southeast Michigan Area. From here residents and visitors alike can access an amazing array of cultural assets and recreational opportunities or just “chill,” enjoying the many local treasures Rochester has to offer.

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of Rochester

The City of Rochester was first settled in 1817. Rochester’s history is closely tied to the Clinton River and Paint Creek. Both tributaries provided the waterpower that made Rochester an early industrial center.

While those days are long past, these waterways still benefit city residents with scenic bike rides, fly fishing for trout, canoeing and kayaking. Rochester has matured into a city of great beauty featuring municipal parks, winding nature trails and access to everywhere.

Rochester is home to one of Michigan’s oldest Christmas parades, which is broadcast locally. The city also hosts the “Big Bright Light Show” for the Christmas season. The Show is a display of more than a million light bulbs on Main Street buildings that draws thousands of sightseers from all over the Metro Detroit area each night through the end of the season.

Downtown Rochester’s refurbished Main Street is host to a vibrant shopping district with its unique mix of high-end boutiques, restaurants, cafes, specialty stores and service providers. Just off Main Street is one of Metro Detroit’s best bakeries, Give Thanks Bakery (the almond croissants are a must!). And, just around the corner is The Rochester Brunch House and Tonia’s Victorian Rose Tea Room. Minutes from downtown is Fogler’s Farm Market, cider mills, championship golf courses, hiking trails and Stony Creek Metropark.

Residents enjoy quiet streets, a broad range of housing options, fabulous schools and an active Older Persons Commission. Rochester is historic, vibrant, changing and is committed to being business-friendly and familywelcoming. Come take a look and enjoy!

City of Rochester - Addendum

Area: 3.8 sq. miles

Location: Located in Northeast Oakland County, surrounded by Rochester Hills on three sides and Macomb County on its eastern edge. Government: Council – Manager, Mayor is elected by Council Members

Median Household Income: $90,000

Median Home Sale Price: $386,000 (August 2022) Population: 12,917 (July 2021)

2022 Tax Rates in Mills: Summer (Call for winter rates) Homestead: 29.3773 Non-Homestead: 38.4673 (Includes administrative fee.)

City Offices: 400 Sixth St., Rochester, 48307, 733-3700,

Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, Protection: Emergency 911 • Fire 651-4470 • Police 651-9621

School District: Rochester Community, 726-3000, Utilities: Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050

Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747

Water & Sewer – The eastern half of the city is served by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and the western half has a municipal well field.

Additional Phone Numbers:

District Court: 853-5553

Cat & Dog Licenses (City Clerk): 733-3700

Community House: 651-0622

Oakland County Assessor: 858-0776

GFL Environmental Trash Pickup and recycling: 844-464-3587

Main Street Program (Oakland County): 858-0721

Rochester Avon Recreation Authority: 656-8308

Sports and Recreation section.

Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656 and SOCRRA with

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City of Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills is focused on innovation and the future. But its roots go back to 1835 when Avon Township was first organized. In 1978 Avon became a Charter Town ship and in 1984 its residents voted to become the Home Rule City of Rochester Hills.

Today, Rochester Hills is a leading community of Oakland County, offering quality services and infrastructure, advanced fiber optic networks, the research and development fire power of a major university and Michigan SmartZone and a dedicated planning and development department.

City of Rochester Hills- Addendum

Area: 32.9 sq. miles

Location: Northeast section of Oakland County, north of Troy, east of Auburn Hills, south of Oakland Township. It surrounds the City of Rochester and Macomb County runs along its eastern border.

Government: Home Rule Council, Mayor

Median Household Income: $94,000

Median Home Sale Price: $379,500 (August 2022)

Population: 97,137 (July 2021)

2022 Tax Rates in Mills: Rochester Avondale Homestead 29.2255 34.2123

Non-Homestead 47.2255 52.2123

School Districts: Rochester Community Schools, 726-3000, Avondale School District, 537-6000,

City Offices: 1000 Rochester Hills Dr., Rochester Hills, 48309 656-4600,

Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900,

Protection: Emergency 911 • Fire 656-4720 (5 Stations)

Police by Oakland County Sheriff Substation 537-3530

Utilities: Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050

Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747

Water & Sewer – Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Lake Huron is water source and the City operates and maintains the system. Refuse – GFL Environmental provides curbside trash removal and recycling. (248) 204-6750

Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553

Dog Licenses (City Treasurer): 841-2581

Assessing: 656-4605

Oakland County Animal Control: 858-1090 Recycle Bank (rewards program): (888) 727-2978

Rochester Avon Recreation Authority: 656-8308 See Sports and Recreation section. Hazardous Waste: SOCRRA (248) 288-5150

Rochester Hills is focused on “quality of life” featuring the unique personality and diversity of its residents. Rochester Hills is also family oriented, which is clearly evident in its neighborhoods, schools and recreation programs. The Rochester and Avondale Community School Districts provide K-12 education for Rochester Hills. Rochester University, Oakland University and Oakland Community College are either located in the city or just outside. With nearly 1,000 acres of parkland, including the cutting-edge Innovation Hills and Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails, Rochester Hills offers recreation few others can match. Organizations like the Older Persons Commission and the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority sponsor countless activities, while the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook Music Festival, Yates Cider Mill, the Rochester Hills Public Library and other cultural assets enrich the community.

A wide variety of industries have chosen Rochester Hills as their home. The Village of Rochester Hills and other shopping areas offer a broad array of shopping and dining possibilities. In short, Rochester Hills is the new horizon for living, working and prospering. Experience the best of Oakland County.

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Oakland Township

Oakland Township is one of Michigan’s oldest townships, being one of the original 25 townships when Michigan was as a territory back in 1827. Over time the boundaries have changed, and its original size grew smaller as other townships, cities and villages were carved out of its acreage. Today, Oakland Town ship borders are Dequindre Road on the east, Kern Road on the west, Romeo Road to the north and Dutton and Meade Roads to the south. It is a charter township, which provides additional opportunities to streamline its administration and protects it from annexation by other municipalities.

Oakland is also one of the wealthier communities southeast Michigan. Its wooded and rolling terrain provides the perfect setting for private estates and developments of upscale residential homes on oversized lots. It is a bedroom community to both Metro Detroit and Metro Flint. Its agricultural and rural heritage is preserved through a small number of working farms and equestrian facilities. The township is also home to championship golf courses and country clubs.

The unincorporated village of Goodison is located in the Township. Goodison is a popular autumn destination place because of the number of cider mills located in the village. The Paint Creek Trail wanders through the Township on its way to the Village of Lake Orion and the sixteen-acre Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District is a fun place for young and old to visit.

Township of Oakland - Addendum

Area: 36.7 sq. miles

Location: Just north of Rochester and Rochester Hills in the Northeast section of Oakland County

Government: Charter Township, Supervisor and Board of Trustees

Median Household Income: $146,000

Median Home Sale Price: $580,000 (August 2022)

Population: 20,228 (July 2021)

2022 Tax Rates in Mills: Lake Orion Rochester Romeo Homestead 30.4769 24.3188 26.1336 Non-Homestead 48.4769 42.3188 44.1336 (Uses 2021 Winter Rates)

City Offices: 4393 Collins, Rochester, 48306 651-4440,

Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900,

Protection: Emergency 911 • Fire Chief (586) 752-5013 (2 Stations)

Police services are contracted with Oakland County Sheriff. Substation is at 4391 Collins Road, (248) 858-4950

School Districts: Rochester: 248-726-3000, Lake Orion: 248-693-5400, Romeo: 586-752-0200,


Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050

Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747

Water & Sewer – is provided by a variety of sources depending on location, including individual well and septic.

Refuse – is contracted with private haulers (list of choices is online at the Township website.)

Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553

Burn Permits: Free online burn permits available through township. 651-4440

Dog Licenses (Township Treasurer) 651-4440 Park Information: 651-7810 (See Sports and Recreation section.)

Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656

Oakland County Equalization: 858-0740


When You’re In Rochester

When you are in Rochester you’re just a hop, skip or a jump away from the many attractions to be found in the Metro Detroit area. Be it the arts, theatre, music, history or science, indoor or outdoor activity, fully active or mostly passive, there is always something to do, somewhere to go, some place to call your favorite. Check for hours and fees before you go because they are subject to change. But most of all make sure you go and ENJOY!



Downtown Rochester hosts

of events. Also, make sure you stay up to date on any health details

protocols you may need to follow.

Avon Players

1185 Washington, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 608-9077 •

Community theatre September - May. Youth theatre in the summer. Call or log on for performance and ticket information.

Main Street Downtown Rochester

Annual Christmas Parade and Big Bright Light Show –Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day

Will be up Monday November 21 thru January 3, 2023. The parade is a televised event running down Main Street in Rochester in early December. Stake out your space early! The light show involves all buildings lit up with lights strung every six inches. A wonderful sight at night.

Meadow Brook (on Oakland University campus) Adams and Walton, Rochester, 48309 Amphitheatre - (313) 471-7000 • May through September serves as a popular outdoor entertainment venue. Pavilion and lawn seating. Home to Meadow Brook Gardens as well. Meadow Brook Hall - (248) 364-6200 •

The Matilda Dodge Wilson Estate (widow of auto baron John Dodge) is a beautiful 100-room Tudor revival style mansion built in 1929. It boasts 23 fireplaces, 39 chimneys and 3 kitchens. It is the 4th largest historic house museum in the country. For special events and tours please call. Open daily year-round. Fee.

Meadow Brook Theatre

Adams and Walton, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 48309 (248) 377-3300 • Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan’s largest professional theatre company. Over the years it has won awards and critical acclaim for the high quality of the comedians, mysteries, dramas and musicals; from its accomplished actors to the lavish sets and beautiful costumes. They also have a series for children. Locate on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MBT’s theatre provides an intimate experience. Handicapped seating and free parking.

Rochester Hills Museum

1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester 48307 (at Van Hoosen Farm) (248) 656-4663 • (Click on “Things to Do”)

Open year round Friday and Saturday, 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment. Tours available. Admission charge. Located in an 1840s Greek Revival farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was home to five generations. It features period furnishings and artifacts. Located within historic Stoney Creek Village, the area includes the 1848 Stoney Creek School, farmhouses and Greek Revival homes built before the Civil War. A self-guided tour brochure is available at the museum. Streets bordering the area are Tienken, Washington and Runyon.

North Oakland Concert Band

2183 Willow Leaf Ct. S., Rochester Hills 48309 •

One of Michigan’s leading wind ensembles. Performs broad selection of concert band music with styles ranging from traditional marches to modern works at various locations in and around the Orion Oxford community. Membership is through audition process and includes many professional music educators. Log on to their website for schedule of concerts and locations.

Rochester Symphony Orchestra

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P.O. Box 80262, Rochester 48308 (248) 651-4181 • Since 1961 this dedicated group of musicians has performed a wide variety of music in local venues, sponsors a young artist competition, and has an active guild with numerous events to enjoy.

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signature events throughout the year. Below is a list of events for the end of 2022. For 2023 events or for the most up to date log of events go on and check their calendar
Downtown Rochester 431 S. Main Street Rochester, Michigan 48307 248-656-0060
November 18-20, 2022 Festival of Trees November 21, 2022 Lagniappe November 22, 2022 –January 3, 2023 Big Bright Light Show November 25, 2022 Love Local Rochester Plaid Friday November 26, 2022 Small Business Saturday November 28, 2022 – January 4, 2023 Snowman Stroll December 1 - 11, 2022 Neighborhood Light Fight December 2 - 3, 2022 Kris Kringle Market December 11, 2022 Caroling in the City
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Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) helps people in our region explore, experience, and share their creativity through art classes, exhibitions, outreach programs, community projects, and the annual Art & Apples Festival®. PCCA adapted its programs during Covid to offer classes and workshops both in-person and virtually for all ages and levels of experience. Check out all our programs and activities here: • (248) 651-4110

Crocker House Museum

15 Union St., Mount Clemens 48043 (586) 465-2488 • Restored Victorian Italianate, built in 1869, it is fully furnished and was home of the first mayor of Mount Clemens. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment.

Grand Pacific House Museum 51065 Washington, New Baltimore 48047 • (586) 725-4755 Built in 1881 as a hotel and saloon, it is a now a museum with an active membership, meetings and workshops for all ages. Call for days and hours of operation.

Lorenzo Cultural Center 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp 48038 (586) 445-7348 • Call for hours of operation, varies at different times of year. Adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, featuring multi-dimensional programs relating science, history, culture and the arts.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Twp 48038 (586) 286-2222 •

This is the cultural hub of the county. There is much to do including concerts, musicals and dance, live theatre, workshops and an art gallery.

Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights 48312 This is an indoor and outdoor music and movie theatre surrounded by Freedom Hill County Park. It has pavilion and lawn seating.

Tree Runner Adventure Parks (2 Locations)

• 7553 Meadow Brook Rd., Rochester 48309 on OU Campus (248) 759-5222

• 6200 Drake Rd., West Bloomfield 48322 • (248) 419-1550

Seasonal parks with numerous obstacle courses at a variety of levels including zip lines. Call for hours of operation.

Shadbush Tract

Located within Shelby Townships River Bends Park. Its unique 80 acre natural area has a wide variety of habitats - hardwood forests, cattail marsh, cedar swamp, and riverside meadows. A wide range of birds, animals, and plant life can also be found. The Burgess - Shadbush Nature Center is located at 4101 River Bends Drive. Call 586-323-2478 for information on upcoming events.


All The World’s a Stage 66130 Van Dyke, Washington Township 48095 (586) 243-2253 • With a belief that the arts are central to the educational, social, and aesthetic development of children, this award-winning theatre arts education program offers youth an opportunity to experience theatre both on and off the stage.

Anton Art Center

125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens 48043 (586) 469-8666 •

Housed in a “Carnegie Library,” this premiere organization offers cultural experience year-round including exhibitions by local, regional and national artists; adult and youth classes; a gift shop featuring locally produced art; and special events.

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe 48021 (586) 872-2581 • Dedicated to portraying and preserving the story about Michigan's civilian and military efforts during the conflicts of the 20th Century, this unique collection showcases products produced by Michigan’s “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Michigan Transit Museum 200 Grand Ave., Mount Clemens 48043 (586) 463-1863 •

Train rides are available June thru October on Sundays from 1:00-4:00p.m. Historic depot was built for the Chicago, Detroit & Canada Grand Trunk Railroad. It is also where Thomas Edison learned telegraphy and picked up “railroads” as a short career. Depot open every Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Richmond Community Theatre 69619 Parker Street, Richmond 48062 (586) 727-9518 •

For over 50 years, this community gem produces five shows per year involving a wide circle of actors, stage crafters, costume makers and the other creative talents that combine to create a magical experience.

Selfridge Military Air Museum Selfridge Air National Guard Base • 27333 C Street, Harrison Township 48045 (586) 239-5035 •

Indoor and outdoor exhibits, with Navy and Air Force planes. Call for hours and tour information.

Starkweather Arts Center 219 N. Main Street Romeo 48065 (586) 752-5700

This gallery, housed in a historic home built in 1863, offers classes, open mic and music concerts, gift shop. Call for days and hours of operation.

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Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-0866 •

The center offers studio classes, workshops, art his tory classes for all ages, art camps for children, juried exhibitions, the Michigan Fine Arts Competition and Fine Arts Festival and more. Works may be pur chased at the Gallery Shop. Closed Sundays.

Clarkston Village Players 4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston 48346 • (248) 625-8811

Community theatre runs year round, includes sum mer youth theatre.

Cranbrook Educational Community 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills 48304

Cranbrook Art Museum –(248) 645-3323. This contemporary art museum built by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942 houses permanent and changing exhibitions features a stateof-the-art Collectors Wing, as well as a store selling works by students, faculty, books, prints, giftware, etc.

Cranbrook House and Garden –(248) 645-3147 Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for the founders of Cranbrook (George and Ellen Booth), it is the oldest surviving manor home in Metro Detroit. The 40 acres of diverse gardens were origi nally designed by Mr. Booth. House tours June thru October.

Cranbrook Institute of Science(248) 645-3200. Explore science, technology and natural history through exhibits, hands-on activities and planetarium. For hours, ticket prices and other information you may need to log on to

Saarinen House –

Built in 1930, it is considered an Art Deco master work. It was the home and studio of Eliel and Loja and their son Eero. Open May thru October for public walk-in and private tours. Call for exact dates and times. (248) 645-3307 •

Smith House –

Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith House” located in Bloomfield Hills; this classic Usonian home is open for tours from May through October. Call the Museum (248) 645-3307 for more info. •

Detroit Zoo

Woodward Ave. at Ten Mile, Royal Oak (248) 541-5717 •

Open 362 days a year. Features 125 acres of open natural habitats that are home to 230+ species. There are numerous attractions including a new Pen guinarium, Amphibian Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Carousel, Railroad, Simulator Ride, and 4-D Theater. Admission and Parking Fees.

Flagstar Strand Theatre Pontiac 12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac (248) 309-6442 •

Offering a diverse selection of high-quality arts programming the Flagstar Strand Theatre hosts a wide variety of events each year from international touring artists to local favorites and performances by the STArt Youth Theatre company. Housed in a three story Renaissance-style building in the heart of downtown Pontiac, Flagstar Strand Theatre has 2 internal performance venues – the historic 900 seat Grand Theatre and the more intimate Second @ Strand Stage. In 2020 it opened a third performance space using their iconic marquee as a performing space.

Holly Dickens Festival

Late November/Early December each year.

Lose yourself to the “Spirit of Christmas” by being part of a very real, very unique “A Christmas Carol” immersion. Be part of the oldest and longest running in the United States.

Holocaust Memorial Center 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills (248) 553-2400 •

This is an opportunity to learn about the Holo caust, European Jewish communities and Jewish visitors can research their roots in the world’s largest collection of books and resources. There are lec ture series, travel opportunities, teacher seminars and a speakers’ bureau. Numerous exhibits and gift shop. Call for hours.

Lego Discovery Center (Great Lakes Crossing) Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills /michigan.

This indoor family attraction is perfect for children ages 3 -10. There is a large play area, creative workshop, models of Detroit landmarks, Lego rides and 4-D theater. Closed Monday and Tuesday, tickets my be purchased online.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum 31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills (248) 626-5020 •

Listed as one of the most unusual museums in the country, there are thousands of toys, machines, and one-of-a-kind collectibles.

Michigan Renaissance Festival 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly, 48442 (800) 601-4848 •

A truly unique entertainment experience with knights in armor, joisting, strolling musicians, themed feasts and weekends, specialty acts and active marketplace. Runs from mid-August through September. Check the website for information about activities, events and festival fees.

Oakland County Fair PO Box 365, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg 48350 (248) 634-8830 •

This annual fair was founded in the 1880’s. 4-H fair memberships and event applications are available online.

Oakland County Farmers and Flea Market 2350 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford • (248) 858-5495

Open year round, but not on a daily basis, the market offers food specialty items, farm and garden produce and flea market booths on site.Log on for hours and links to vendor websites.

InWayne County

Arab American National Museum 13624 Michigan Avenue (at Schaefer), Dearborn • (313) 582-2266

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission charge. The museum is the first in the country to celebrate the Arab American story. Along with the exhibits there is an auditorium, library/resource center and gift shop. This museum is an affiliate of the Smith sonian and can access its programs, speakers, and artifacts. Call to confirm hours.

Automotive Hall of Fame 21400 Oakwood, Dearborn • (313) 240-4000

Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Admission charge. Classic cars, including a replica of the first gasoline auto, plus interactive exhibits.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores (313) 884-4222 •

Open Tuesday - Sunday with a variety of tours. Call for hours. Admission charge. Designed by Albert Kahn, this family home is representative of the Detroit “auto barons”. It was built in the style of Cotswolds in Worchester, England. Many original pieces from the family art and antiques collection are on view.


Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society


405 Cesar Chavez Ave., Pontiac (248) 338-6732

Pine Grove Historical Museum includes the Governor Moses Wisner Mansion, Drayton Plains one room schoolhouse and carriage house, research library and Pioneer Museum. Call Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for information and hours.

Olde World Canterbury Village 2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion 48360 (248) 391-5700 •

A designated historical landmark, the Village extends over 21 acres on the old Scripps Farm. There are specialty shops and restaurant on site along with cider mill. Call for hours.

Palazzo di Bocce 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion Township (248) 371-9987 •

Closed Sundays and Mondays. Largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, a unique venue and comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournamentsized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play.

Greenmead Historical Park 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia • (248) 477-7375

This 95-acre park site includes Greek revival farmhouse (exhibits), north barn, farmhand house, gardens, and historical village. The village includes homes built in mid-1800s, gift shops, picnic and recreational facilities.

Grosse Pointe Theatre 315 Fisher Rd, Grosse Pointe, (313) 881-4004 •

More than 400 members volunteer their talents, performing five plays, “main stage” plays and smaller “black box” productions. Log on for more info.

Grosse Pointe War Memorial 32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms (313) 881-7511 •

On Lake St. Clair, this historic site serves as a center for enrichment programs, numerous community events and services in honor of veterans. Built in 1910 as the former home of Russell Alger.

Hamtramck Historical Museum 9525 Jos Campau St., Hamtramck 48212 (313) 262-6571 •

Focuses on Hamtramck’s great past, present and future. Has a wide range of programs and services including slide/power point presentations, book signings, guest lectures, craft demonstrations, ethnic cultural demonstrations (dance, song, etc.) video presentations and school programs. Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4 pm or by appointment.

Mill Race Historical Village (Downtown Northville) (248) 348-1845

This charming historical village was built on 12.5 acres of land preserving architectural styles found in the Northville community prior to 1900. The village consists of an inn, blacksmith shop, school, church, gazebo, rustic wooden bridge, Interurban station and several homes reminiscent of an era gone by. For additional information and calendar of events and activities log on to

Pine Knob Music Theatre (313) 471-7000 •

Sashabaw Road off I-75, Clarkston May through September. Outdoor, 15,000 seat concert venue. Both pavilion and lawn seating available. Major national tours and concerts.

Ridgedale Players

205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy (248) 988-7049 •

One of the oldest community theatre groups in Michigan (over 75 years), with a junior actor program as well.

Sea Life Aquarium

(at Great Lakes Crossing) 4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, 48326 (866) 622-0605 •

This 35,000 square foot underwater world features 5,000 creatures in 20 themed displays. Come explore the interactive touch pool, walk through the ocean tunnel, watch the sharks feeding, and listen to the fun programs about “why” and “how”. Log on to the website for hours and tickets.

Motor City Youth Theatre

Grantland Street Playhouse, 27555 Grantland, Livonia (313) 535-8962 •

This high-quality group of children and adults puts on main stage productions involving dance, music and visual arts. Classes are offered for new actors ages 5-10.

Plymouth Historical Museum 155 S. Main Street, Plymouth (734) 455-8940 •

Admission fee. Open 1:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Features special events, historical exhibits specializing in Victorian reproduc tions, and gift shop.

Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill 10685 Warren Road, Plymouth (734) 455-2290 •

16 varieties of apples, cider mill, country store, pet ting farm, music offered most weekends. Seasonal.

Stagecrafters (at the Historic Baldwin Theatre) 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak 48061 (248) 541-6430 •

September through July. This theatre group presents musicals, comedies and dramas. Also special youth theatre programs.

Upland Hills Farm

481 Lake George Rd., Oxford (248) 628-1611 • Hayrides, camps and special events.

Village Players of Birmingham 34660 Woodward, Birmingham (248) 644-2075 (tickets) Community and youth theatre and summer theatre arts camp.

Wyandotte Museum

2610 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte • (734) 324-7284 Admission fee. The museum is housed in the Victorian Ford-Mac Nichol home, built in 1896. The building features a wraparound porch, turret, six fireplaces, and original decor. The museum offers archives and exhibits highlighting local history; other buildings on site.

Yankee Air Museum (located at historic Willow Run Airport) 47884 D Street, Belleville 48111 (734) 483-4030 •

Closed Mondays. Admission fee. Check website or call for specific hours and cost. Learn about Detroit’s role in winning World War II. See docu mentary on how Ford Motor Company built more than 8,500 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Numerous aircraft and artifacts on display from World War 1 through the Vietnam era and beyond including jet fighters and B-52 Stratofortress. Flight Experience rides on either a B-17 Flying Fortress or B-25 Mitchell bomber (at additional costs) are the ultimate ‘bucket list’ adventures for adults. This small museum offers big memories and promises plenty of smiles.

The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn (313) 982-6001

Open 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Sunday. Admission charge. The complex is Amer ica’s greatest history attraction. The past, present and future is represented in four distinct venues: the Museum exhibits 300 years of history, Greenfield Village (seasonal, log onto website for hours) includes Main Street, railroad junction and Model-T rides, an IMAX theatre, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Benson Ford Research Center.


In Detroit

Garden Bowl

4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 833-9700 •

For over 100 years this 16-lane bowling alley in Midtown has been a recreation destination. Full service bar and lounge, patio and pizza.

Ford Drive-In 10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn (313) 846-6910 •

First Opened in 1950 this movie theatre always offers a double feature! Concession stand, playground, and restrooms available.

Belle Isle (Go to Dept. of Natural Resources)

This state park can be accessed using the MacArthur Bridge at E. Jefferson Avenue and E. Grand Blvd. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (Central Park in New York City), this beautiful 982-acre park has over five miles of scenic shoreline. The Nature Zoo provides family programs. Call for hours. The Whitcomb Conservatory, Livingstone Lighthouse, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Casino (available for rent, seniors programs); Scott Memorial Fountain and a “Kids Kingdom” playscape along with numerous recreational venues. (313) 821-9844.

Campus Martius

Campus Martius lies at the heart of the City of Detroit. Known as the “Point of Origin,” the junction of Woodward and Monroe Avenues is the starting point from where the City of Detroit’s system of streets, squares and lots was created. Home to Rocket Mortgage, retail outlets and loft residences Campus Martius is a significant and contributing factor to the ongoing rebirth of downtown Detroit. With gardens, fountains, waterfalls, monuments, ice skating rink and urban beach space, it is the meeting place for city residents.

Chamber Music Detroit

440 Burroughs St., Detroit 48202

Office: (313) 335-3350 • Tickets: (313) 335-3300

Detroit concerts at WSU Schaver Recital Hall. Grosse Pointe concerts at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Pontiac concerts at Flagstar Strand Theatre. Known for its intimate concert experience and creative program CMS is a special treat for the musically inclined. For more information about concerts and tickets, go to the website.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E. Warren at Brush, Detroit (313) 494-5800 •

Open Tuesday through Sunday, call for exact hours. Admission charge. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind. Exhibits show the history and contributions of African Americans. The museum features 125,000 sq. ft. simulating scenes from early African history to the slave trade, the civil rights movement to contemporary Detroit.

Comerica Park

2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 962-4000 •

There’s a lot more than baseball (still the main event!) going on at Comerica Park. Home of the Detroit Tigers. A theme park, baseball museum and restaurants add to the fun.

Detroit Artists Market

4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 832-8540 •

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

This market and gallery is dedicated to Michigan artists. It was founded in 1932 and is the oldest cultural institution in Detroit promoting contemporary artists.

Detroit Film Theatre

5200 Woodward Ave. (Detroit Institute of Arts), Detroit (313) 833-4005 •

Contemporary and classic films, special events for adults and children.

Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-1805

Established in 1928, this Detroit cultural gem is one of the oldest and largest museums ded icated to metropolitan history. “Streets of Old Detroit,” “Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy”, and “Doorway to Freedom” are fantastic! Call or log on to website for hours. Admission fee.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) 5200 Woodward Ave. Detroit (313) 833-7900

Considered one of the top museums in th e country. Open Tues day- Sunday. The Beaux Arts Building was de signed by Paul Cret and built in 1927, with exten sive renovations being cently completed. Renowned for its extensive and di verse collection, with over 100 gal leries, a reference library, lecture hall, cafe and museum store. Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County residents are free.

Detroit Opera House/Detroit Opera 1526 Broadway, Detroit Tickets (313) 237-7464 •

Designed by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane and known for its superb acoustic construction, the theatre first opened in 1922. The lavish Italian renaissance style has been allowed to flourish despite its tumultuous history of name changes and abandonment. The opera is alive and well... for tours see website.

Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) 440 Burroughs St., Ste 118, Detroit (313) 962-4590 •

Public and customized tours allow exploration of the city in a variety of ways - walking tours, bus tours, happy hour bar tours. Nothing is off limits, get creative and give DFX a call! Also, a great resource for house hunting, retail shopping, bar and restaurant locations. Lists and maps broken down by geographical areas.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Max M. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 576-5111 •

Now over 100 years old, many renowned conductors and musicians have performed beloved classics, world premiers, pops and jazz. There are always programs for children and families as well. Orchestra Hall, built by C. Howard Crane in 1919, is the elegant home of the or chestra and is now part of the fantastic Max M. Fisher Music Center.

Eastern Market Headquarters at 2934 Russell, located on Russell between Mack & Gratiot (313) 833-9300 Open Saturdays, 6:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This 11-acre open-air market sells fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, wines, flowers and plants. It is the largest historic public market district in the U.S.! The area also features specialty stores and restaurants.

Ford Field 2000 Brush, Detroit (313) 262-2100

Admission charge. Located in the heart of the entertainment district and home to the NFL Detroit Lions. The design incorporates the Detroit landmark Hudson’s warehouse (built in the 1920s) and claims the best sight lines of any stadium in the U.S. Public walk up tours and group tours are available.

Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 471-7000 •

Over 80 years old, the Fox is the oldest surviving movie palace of the 1920s. It continues to showcase live music and Broadway shows.


Monroe Street between Randolph and I-75. Authentic Greek restaurants, bakeries, shops, nightlife and a casino are all easily accessible to hotels and other attractions by the Detroit People Mover.


Guardian Building

500 Griswold St., Detroit 48226

(313) 963-4567 •

Built in 1928-29 this significant skyscraper is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the best examples of art-deco architecture. Standing tall at 40 floors, it is made of 1.8 million custom tangerine colored bricks and features glass from France, marble from Italy and Africa, Rookwood Pottery and Pewabic tile. The 5 story Michigan Mural and Tiffany clock make this Detroit gem a must see.

Huntington Place

One Washington Blvd., Detroit • (313) 877-8777

The convention center is the 17th largest in the country hosting conferences, conventions, and trade shows. The People Mover has a station on the 4th floor and the largest MoGo bike share station. Huntington Place has a large art collection on display and houses an outlet of the Pure Detroit retail store.

Indian Village

Over 100 years old, this community of 351 homes was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Located from E. Jefferson to Mack Avenue in Detroit it includes Burns, Iroquois and Seminole Avenues. These homes, built as early as 1895 by Detroit’s wealthiest busi nessmen, are on a grand scale, explaining the popular home and garden tours this neighborhood hosts.

Little Caesars Arena 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 471-7000 •

Opened in the fall of 2017, this multi-purpose arena is the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. The eight-story building is built in a bowl shape with its floor 40 feet below street level. Capacity of 20,000 seats for hockey games is the 2nd largest in the world. Concert calendar, game schedules and arena tour info are online.

Majestic Theatre Center

4140 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-9700 •

A city block full of fun: two restaurants, bars, billiards, bowling, live entertainment venues. Free shuttle to other downtown locations.

Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street, Detroit (313) 832-7100 •

Built in 1926, the temple is listed on the State and Na tional Historic Registers. The theatre seats over 4,400 people and hosts all forms of live entertainment including plays, variety shows, dance and rock concerts.


Southwest of downtown at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. This area offers numerous annual events including Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Summer Mercado. Restaurants and craft stores abound.

Michigan Science Center 5020 John R, Detroit (313) 577-8400 •

Family oriented, hands-on displays designed with an interactive approach, for the discovery of all things related to science, math and technology. Features exhibits, live shows and activities. Wednesday - Sun day 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission charge.

Midtown Detroit 3939 Woodward Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit (313) 420-6000 •

Bounded by Ford Freeway (North), Chrysler Freeway (East), Fisher Freeway (South), and the Lodge Freeway (West). Known as “Midtown”, this area includes many cultural, educational and medical institutions including the Detroit Art Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Public Library, and the Max Fisher Music Center.

Motown Historical Museum 2648 West Grand Blvd., Detroit 48208 (313) 875-2264 •

Two phases of the highly anticipated Motown Museum expansion are now complete. The museum is open for you to explore. Features the beginning of the Motown music empire; galleries with numerous displays and ar tifacts showcasing the major works of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more. Online gift shop. Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm. There is an entry fee.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center

1801 Atwater, Detroit (844) 622-6367 •

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 pro vides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages and abilities through a variety of activities and exhibits.

Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee.

Pewabic Pottery

10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit (313) 626-2000 •

A Detroit institution, many homes and office buildings are decorated with these distinctive tiles and mosaics. Production, history and exhibits are available to view. One of only two active turn-of-the-century pottery studios in the country. Online store. Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday call for group tours.

Renaissance Center

Located on Jefferson between Brush and Beaubien (313) 567-3126 •

A Detroit landmark on the Detroit River, it is easily recognized by its five massive glass towers. The RenCen, at 5.5 million sq. ft., houses General Motors World Headquarters, numerous offices, the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel, a food court, fine dining restaurants, specialty retail stores located on the Detroit River.


Located along the Detroit River between the RenCen and Belle Isle Bridge, this historic warehouse district with great views features restaurants, clubs, parks, marina and outdoor concert venue – the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre.

Skillman Library

121 Gratiot, Detroit (313) 481 -1850 •

Open Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The nation’s most extensive public archive of automotive information including books, photographs, drawings and company histories are available by appointment. Call (313) 481-1862.

Tuskegee Airmen National Museum

Exhibits and artifacts located in the Coleman A. Young Gallery of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit 48201. Admission charge. Thursday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Historic Aircraft, all youth programs and administrative offices at the Coleman A. Young International Airport. 11499 Corner St., Detroit 48213 (313) 843-8849 •

Honors the legacy and achievements of the nation’s first all-black air fighter squadron.

The Heidelberg Project

Art Environment, 3600 Block of Heidelberg, Detroit 48207 (313) 458-8414 •

Artist Tyree Guyton has taken on urban blight and created an indoor/ outdoor art gallery incorporating found objects, sidewalks, vacant lots, and houses into his works. Log on for tour and lecture information.

Wayne State University Theatre & Dance (313) 577-3508 •

Performance Spaces:

• Hilberry Gateway - New performance complex for theatre, music, dance and art-related events.Coming Fall 2022.

• Hilberry Theatre - Will be renovated to become the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center for music and dance performances.

• Underground at the Hilberry - Open stage in the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre used for experimental and classroom productions.

• Allesee Dance Theatre - Small theatre on the third floor of the Old Main Building.

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Air Zoo

6151 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo (866) 524-7966 •

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 •

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 •

Enjoy 4 miles of hard surfaced paths within acres of woodlands, orchards, and meadows. There is a play ground, program shelter, cafe, and the nation’s longest Canopy Walk at 1,400 feet long, climbing up to 40 feet.

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.

Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids (888) 957-1580 •.

Ranked in the top 100 most visited art museums worldwide and billed as one of the nation’s most sig nificant 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

Library: 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 205-0555. Located on the campus of the Univer sity of Michigan, the library holds historical materials in cluding 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.

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16 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
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Interlochen Center for the Arts

4000 J. Maddy Pkwy, Interlochen 49643 (231) 276-7200 •

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 •

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 •

Step back in time to a unique setting undis turbed by modern means of transportation. Listen to the clip clop of horse drawn carriages shuttling residents and visitors alike to destina tions 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 watch ing at the Pink Pony and of course unhindered fudge tast ing whenever you can. Make the journey!

Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Located at Saginaw Valley State University 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw 48170 (989) 964-7125 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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.

S.S. Badger

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 tast ing 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.

(Lake Michigan Car Ferry)

701 Maritime Dr., Ludington 49431 (800) 841-4243 •

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 • (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 •

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 •

Enjoy 4 miles of hard surfaced paths within acres of woodlands, orchards, and meadows. There is a play ground, 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 •

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 the website below.

15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 • 231-348-1704 •

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 •

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Huron-Clinton Metroparks

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 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

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, picnic playground 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

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.

tony 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 fish ing, 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 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 mari nas, and 40 golf courses. For more information visit 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).

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Oakland County Parks

14 parks, 5 golf courses 3 dog parks, 2 nature centers. The parks offer year-round recreation, including swim ming, camping, hiking, boating, golfing and picnicking to cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. For information call 88-OCPARKS or visit

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 camp sites, 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 Head waters, 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 or 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 avail able. A 13-acre off-leash Bark Park offers swimming access.

Red Oaks, Madison Heights. The waterpark is located on 13 Mile Road. This pop ular 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 invest ments. 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,

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 camp grounds 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 soft ball, 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 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 for more information.)

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge 9311 Groh Rd., Grosse Ile 48138 •

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.


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 the Great Lakes. There are 306,000 acres with over 14,000 campsites and over 900 miles of trails. Log on to 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 numer ous 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Waterloo Recreation Area –Chelsea, (734) 475-8307

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

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.


Archives, Museums and Historical Data

City of Rochester Historical Commission 400 Sixth St., Rochester 48307

(248) 651-9061

Features buildings, people and objects of historical significance online and does “Historic Marker” project for homes in area over 50 years old.

Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District 388 W. Predmore Rd., Oakland Twp. 48363 (248) 651-7810 Tours by appointment

Sixteen acres within Cranberry Lake Park. Consists of the main house, caretakers house, Flumerfelt Barn (circa 1879) replica of a carriage house, spring house, greenhouse and other out buildings.

Rochester Grain Elevator (formerly Griggs Brothers)

303 E. University, Rochester

This two and three story wood structure is made up of three separate buildings joined to make one. Built in 1880 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens 480 S. Adams Rd., Rochester 48309 (248) 364-6200

Built in 1926-29 for Matilda Dodge Wilson in Tudor Revival ar chitecture - 110 rooms, 88,000 square feet. Open to public year round.

Oakland County Historical Resources

This consortium of libraries and historical societies offers a wide variety of books, documents, newspapers, postcards, etc. online for public view.

Oakland Township Historical Society 384 W. Predmore Rd., Oakland Twp. 48363 (248) 693-9646 Log on for meetings schedule, programs and projects.

Rochester Avon Historical Society (248) 266-5440

Log on to view newsletters, calendar of events and projects. The society has launched a website that shows pictures and locations of numerous sites of historic interest

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1005 Van Hoosen Rd., Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 656-4663

In Stoney Creek Village; 16-acre award winning museum complex featuers an 1840’s Farmhouse,1850’s Red House and renovated dairy barn. Has archives, exhibits, programs, store, Stoney Creek one room schoolhouse and (active) vintage Rochester Grangers Baseball Club.

Rochester Hills Public Library 500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900

Schuette Oak

Corner of Letts and Rush Roads in Oakland Township. Measuring 120 feet tall, 20.5 feet in diameter this National Tree Champion (from 1972-1978) is thought to be over 500 years old.

Communications (cable, internet, and phone)

Apple 800) MY-APPLE

Apple Store @ Somerset Collection in Troy (248) 822-0081

Apple Store @ Partridge Creek in Clinton Twp. (586) 840-0500

AT & T (248) 601-1818

Authorized Dealer at: 1270 Walton, Rochester Hills 48309

Century Link (800) 788-3600

DirecTV (Satellite) 800-531-5000

Dish Network (Satellite) (844) 485-1183

Frontier (844) 316-6749

HughsNet (844) 281-9091

Business Connections

Automation Alley

2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy 48083 (800) 427-5100

Offers numerous services to grow high tech businesses

City of Rochester Economic and Community Development 400 Sixth Street, Rochester 48307 (248) 733-3700

City of Rochester Hills Planning and Economic Development 1000 Rochester Hills Dr., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 656-4660

BBB Serving Eastern Michigan 20300 W. 12 Mile, Ste. 202, Southfield 48076 (248) 223-9400 •

SCORE SE Michigan (248) 313-8863 • Counseling workshops for small business owners in various locations

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Southeast Michigan Region (833) 522-0025

Oakland County “Business Forward” (248) 858-0783

Numerous programs available to help with resources, connections, and development. Log on and click Business and Program tabs for more information.

Oakland Township Planning and Zoning 4393 Collins Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 651-4440 •

OU Incubator Business Center 419 Golf View Ln., Oakland University, Rochester 48309 Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion, (248) 648-4800

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce 71 Walnut St., Ste. 110, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-6700

Rochester Downtown Development Authority 431 S. Main Street, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0060

National Trust For Historic Preservation (202) 588-6000 Main Street award organization. Log on for preservation issues and membership information.

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) 1001 Woodward Ave., Ste. 1400 Detroit, 48226 (313) 961-4266

Provides data and analysis on Southeast Michigan and direct assistance in areas of environment, transportation, community and economic development. Also lobbies in Lansing and Washington D.C

T-Mobile 800-937-8997 (Services T-mobile and Sprint)

Authorized Dealers at:

• 3082 S. Rochester Rd. • 1168 S. Rochester Road Rochester 48306 Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 844-5100 (248) 652-1823

• 6910 N. Rochester Rd. • 3158 Walton Rochester Hills 48306 Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 601-4141 (248) 453-5299


Authorized Dealers at:

• 3159 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 • (248) 853-0550

• 1467 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 • (248) 608-0010

• 2554 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills 48326 • (248) 371-3500

Wide Open West (866) 496-9669 •


Assisted Living, Nursing Homes and Home Health Care

Assisted Living and Nursing All Seasons of Rochester Hills 175 E. Nawakwa Dr. Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 266-2170

American House Elmwood Senior Living 2251 West Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-1980 •

American House Stone Senior Living 3741 S. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 853-2330 •

American House The Village Senior Living 3617 S. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 327-3554 •

Anthology of Rochester Hills 1775 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 266-0357 Assisted living, memory and respite care. Bellbrook 873 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 656-6300

Blossom Ridge 3095 Blossom Blvd. (Clubhouse) 3145 Lily Trail (Residence) Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 759-8500 Retirement, Independent, and Assisted Living

Blossom Springs 3215 Silverbell Road Oakland Township, MI 48306 (248) 601-0505

Secure Assisted Living and Memory Care Cedarbrook of Rochester 790 Letica Dr., Rochester MI 48307 (248) 970-1166

Medilodge of Rochester Hills 1480 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills MI 48309 (248) 651-4422

Pomeroy Living 3434 W. South Blvd., Rochester 48309 (248) 829-1030 • Independent Living

Pomeroy Living 3500 W. South Blvd., Rochester 48309 (248) 852-7800 • Short-term nursing, rehab Pomeroy Living – Rochester 3466 W. South Boulevard Rochester Hills MI 48309 (248) 564-2200 Assisted Living

Sheltering Arms Adult Day Care (Division of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan) 3300 S. Adams Rd. Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 537-3300 •

Sunrise of Rochester 500 E. University, Rochester 48307 (248) 939-5831 Waltonwood on Main 1401 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (586)


232-5469 Waltonwood at University 3250 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 413-3683 Wellbridge
Rochester Hills 252 Meadowfield Dr., Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 218-4800 In-Home Care Ascension At Home 2251 N. Squirrel Rd., Ste. 320 Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 656-6757 Comfort Keepers 1130 Tienken Ct., Ste. 203 Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 206-0314 • Guardian Angel Home Care 1715 Northfield Dr., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 293-2400 Medical equipment & transportation services. Synergy Home Care of Rochester 410 W. University Dr. Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 608-3970 • 23

Driving for Life: A Guide For Older Drivers and Their Families

Need information to cope with the driving challenges of older persons and help identifying when its time to put the keys to the car away?

Check out this pamphlet published by the Michigan Secretary of State.

District Court

52nd-3 District Court

700 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 853-5553

Courts / Civics

Covers all of Oakland Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills. Divisions include: Traffi c, Civil, Criminal and Probation.

Circuit Court

Oakland County 6th Circuit Court 1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, 48341 Information: (248) 858-0344

Division of the State judiciary serving as the trial court for all Oakland County citizens. Hears both civil and criminal cases, \as well as appeals from the District and Probate courts. Has exclusive jurisdiction on certain family matters.

Oakland County Probate Court 1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac 48341 Information: (248) 858-0260

Probate Court deals with issues related to wills, trusts, estates, guardianships and mental health.

Local Government

The Charter Township of Oakland lists the names and contact information for the Board, Supervisor and Trustees on their websites. Log on to

The City of Rochester operates under a Council, Mayor and Manager form of government. Contact numbers and information are on the City website

The City of Rochester Hills operates under a Home Rule Council and Mayor form of government. Contact information is on the City website

Other Contacts

Citizens Research Council of Michigan 124 W. Allegan, Ste 480 Lansing 48933 (517) 485-9444 Independent, not-forprofit public policy research organization. Does not lobby for, support or oppose candidates. Provides infor mation on issues concerning voters; has an expansive library of publications.

Driver License, Auto Registration and License Plates, and State Park “Recreation Passports”

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE Lansing 48918-0001 Information Center: (888) 767-6424 Website:

You must title and register all motor vehicles immediately upon purchase or moving to Michigan. Residents can secure new driver licenses and auto license plates through any Michigan Secretary of State branch office. State park permits can be purchased each year when updating your auto license plate registration.

If you are 18 or older you must meet certain requirements before a Michigan driver license can be issued (drivers under the age of 18 are issued graduated drivers licenses that have various restrictions).

1. You must have proof of identity, residency and social security number

2. Pass a vision test and meet physical and mental standards set by the Secretary of State’s office.

3. Pass a written and driving skills test if a new driver.

4. Pay the license fee. There is a charge and a chart of various fees online under “Online Services and Information.”

5. Complete a minimum of 30 days of practice driving on a temporary instruction permit (TIP).*

6. Pass a road skills test, which is administered by an independent testing agency approved by the Secretary of State.*

*A person with a valid out-of-state driver license may have the road skills test, knowledge test, and 30-day practice requirements waived. The Secretary of State will contact your previous home state to obtain your driver record, which then becomes part of your Michigan driver record. Four forms of ID are required, along with proof of no-fault auto insurance, before you can register your car.

For persons 65 years or age or older or anyone that can’t drive for either a physical or medical reason, a FREE State ID card is available through the Michigan Secretary of State ( and must be accepted by law as a form of personal identification.

Local offices of the Michigan Secretary of State:

• 1111 E. Long Lake Rd., Troy 48085

• 7090 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston 48348

• 1270 Pontiac Road, Pontiac 48340

• 2250 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills 48309

League of Women Voters – Oakland County Area (248) 594-6602 •

Provides voters guides, information about special elections, including local elections, election results and holds candidate forums.

Voter Registration

You may register online, by mail, or by contacting the City offices, Township offices or any Secretary of State office. (See Basics – Drivers License for locations.)

Family Support Services

AA of Oakland County (248) 332-3521 Will provide meeting locations in the area.

AlAnon/AlaTeen Central Oakland County c/o Meridian Health Services, 2nd Floor 1255 N. Oakland Blvd., Waterford Twp. 48327 (248) 706-1020 Log on for meetings, locations and times.

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan PO Box 80932, Rochester 48308 Store (248) 656-0414 • Operates the store Resale Connection at 204 S. Main St. in Rochester. Open Tuesday-Saturday

Avondale Youth Assistance

1435 W. Auburn, Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-3716 Counseling for students and families.

Common Ground 1410 S. Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills 48302 (248) 456-8150 (administration), 24 Hour Crisis Line (800) 231-1127

Six locations provide mental health counseling, outreach, crisis and support services and residential facilities.

Community Foundation of Greater Rochester 303 East St., P.O. Box 80431, Rochester 48308 (248) 608-2804

Funds “Blessing in the Backpack” program for all school children

Crossroads Pregnancy Center 3205 South Blvd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 293-0070 •

Food Pantry

@ First Congregation Church, 1315 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5836, Food Pantry (248) 656-4904 • Operated thru the Neighborhood House; Log on for eligibility requirements.

Haven 24 Hour Crisis Line (248) 334-1274 • General info (248) 334-1284

Oakland County domestic violence and sexual assault counseling center

Leader Dogs for the Blind 1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 651 -9011

Lighthouse of Oakland County 46156 Woodward Ave., Pontiac 48342 (248) 920-6000

For those families moving from crisis to self-suffi ciency.

Community Centers

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0999

This interpretive nature center offers various programs and events for the Rochester community, including Daffodils for Dinosaurs, Heritage Days, and community gardens.

Vicki Griffin 124 E. Fourth Street Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651 9872

Tues Fri: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. 2 p.m.

Schedule your appointment at

Oakland Family Services

114 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac 48341 (248) 858-7766

Rainbow Connection 621 W. University, Rochester 48307 (248) 601-9474

Rochester Area Neighborhood House 1720 S. Livernois, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5836

Helps those in need or in crisis with a variety of support services

Rochester Area Youth Assistance 3200 W. Tienken, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 656-3558

Professional counseling and caseworkers for children ages 5-16 and their families.

Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition P.O. Box 80304, Rochester 48308 (248) 396-0508 Promotes drug abuse prevention.

SCAMP (248) 656-8308

Summer camp for those with mental or physical disabilities. Log on to the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority website for full list of activities. Sober Support Unit @ Resource and Crisis Center 1200 N. Telegraph Bldg. 32 East, Pontiac 48341 (248) 464-6363 Program for substance abusers.

Teacher’s Pet Dogs and Kids learning together United Way of Southeastern Michigan 3011 W Grand Blvd., Ste. 500, Detroit 48202 (313) 226-9200 •

Older Persons' Commission (OPC) 650 Letica, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-1403

Offers a variety of programs and recre ational amenities for persons 50+ years of age and many special events open to the public.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) 407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-4110 •

Non-pro fi t art center offers classes, lectures, community outreach,art gallery and gift shop.

Rochester Hills Public Library

500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900

Computers and meeting rooms available.

Rochester Community House 816 Ludlow, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-0622

Gathering place for many clubs and organizations. Offers classes and specialized events throughout the year.


Information Centers

Area Agency on Aging 1-B 29100 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 400, Southfield, 48034 (800) 852-7795

BBB Serving Eastern Michigan 20300 W. 12 Mile, Ste. 202, Southfield 48076 (248) 223-9400

Michigan State University Extension - Oakland County (248) 858-0880

Oakland County 1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-1000

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce 71 Walnut St., Ste. 110, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-6700


Oakland Talking Book Service

Rochester Hills Public Library (248) 650-7150,

Free service that loans talking books, magazines, large print books, Braille materials, and book players. Applications may be made in person or online.

Rochester Hills Public Library 500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900

Adult and youth services, community outreach, meeting rooms, activity passes, databases, etc.

Orion Township Public Library 825 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion 48362 (248) 693-3000

Romeo District Library

• Graubner Branch 65821 VanDyke, Washington 48095 (586) 752-0603

• Kezar Branch 107 Church St, Romeo 48065 (586) 752-2583

Oakland Township

Click on “Community Info”, then “Environmental Information.” Residents of the Township will be mailed a postcard that may be used to access drop-off recycling at Eagle Valley Landfill on Silverbell Rd. Questions? Call (248) 391-0990

Rochester Click on “community” then scroll down to “Sustainable Rochester” for updated presentation and plans.

Rochester “City Beautiful” Commission “Green City” Sub-Committee Includes information and applications for the community garden.

Rochester Hills Click on "Residents" then “Guide to Neighborhood Living’ for information regarding the Community Garden, Green Spaces, Recycling and Water Conservation.

Did you know?

Rochester Hills Public Library

Innovation Items Collection has a great selection of items you can borrow. They include air quality detector, airbrush cake decorating kit, beginner guitar, bike repair kit, bongos, cameras, drill, leaf blower, staple gun, metal detector, moving kit, night vision goggles, paper shredder, keyboard, rock tumbler kit, stud

nder, video projector, walkie-talkies and much more! Interested yet? Log on to and browse by item or category.

Local Public Access Television

CMNtv (Channel 18 on Comcast and WOW) 1230 Souter Blvd., Troy 48083 (248) 589-7778

Features high tech studios, live local events, classes and government access for local Council and Board of Trustee Meetings (log on for channels). Note: Many events are streamed live or are available to view online at

RHTV (Rochester Hills Television) (248) 656-4715

A division of the mayors offi ce. YouTube TV and city council meetings carried on WOW-Channel 10, Comcast Channel 20, and AT&T Channel 99. City Hall tours available through this office as well.

The City of Rochester has a mandatory recycling program providing bins to all residents. Call GFL Environmental (844) 464-3587 with questions or bin needs.

Rochester Hills has curbside recycling and participates in the Recycling Bank program, which offers point rewards. Call (888) 727-2978 or log on to for more info.

North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NOHAZ) (248) 858-5656

Rochester and Oakland Twp. are part of this program. Log on to see the collection events and schedule. NOTE: There is a $10.00 fee, per event, for Oakland Twp and the City of Rochester residents may pick up a free voucher at City Hall.

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0999

Educational corporation fundraisers, supports, devel ops and maintains the preserve. 16-acres are the set ting for many classes and programs.

Clinton River Watershed Council 1115 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 601-0606

Michigan Green Schools Log on for local contacts.

Michigan State University Extension Office 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 26 East Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-0880

Michigan Recycling Coalition (517) 974-3672 Provides helpful information, links and guides.

North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy P.O. Box 285, Clarkston, 48347 (248) 795-2808

Paint Creek Trail Office: Paint Creek Cider Mill 4480 Orion Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 651-9260

Six Rivers Land Conservancy 4480 Orion Rd, Rochester 48306 (248) 601-2816

SOCRRA - Troy Station 995 Coolidge, Troy 48084 (248) 288-5150 Rochester and Rochester Hills residents may use after purchasing voucher from their City Hall.


Mailing Services

Post Office Locations: (800) ASK-USPS (275-8777)

• 511 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48308

• 2632 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307

Federal Express (Fed Ex) (800) 463-3339

Shipping Centers

• Classic Shipping (Village of Rochester Hills)

3128 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309, (248) 375-3388

Fed Ex Office Print and Ship Center

• 133 S. Main St., Rochester 48307, (248) 651-2679

• 2500 S. Adams (Inside Walmart), Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 270-9448

• 2785 University, Auburn Hills 48326, (248) 377-2222

• 4193 Baldwin, Auburn Hills, 48326, (248) 253-0719

United Parcel Service (UPS) Toll Free (800) PICK-UPS (7425877)

Store Locations:

• Classic Shipping, 3128 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 375-3388

• 145 South Livernois, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 656-2106

• 2956 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 289-6620

Log on to the website to find information about drop boxes and smaller annex locations.

Pet Information and Critter Control

The State of Michigan requires all dogs must be licensed by four months of age. Verification of updated rabies vaccine and sterilization, if applicable, must be presented. Dog and cat licenses may be purchased at or online through the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center, 1200 N. Telegraph, Bldg. 42E, Pontiac, (248) 858-1070 and Animal Control (248) 858-1090.

Newspapers & E-Newsletters

Detroit News

Detroit Free Press

You can subscribe to either paper by calling (800) 395-3300

Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine (877) 824-9374

Oakland Press (248) 745-4700

Rochester Post (586) 498-8000

Oakland County Parks are Dog Friendly!

Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks County Parks offer acres of OFF LEASH dog heaven, including trails, picnic shelter, drinking water, field area and beaches for dog swimming only. They even have modern restrooms for people use only. Sections of each park are open on a rotating basis. For more information and to view maps of the parks online log on to

The City of Rochester requires cats and dogs to be licensed by March 1st. There’s an additional late fee unless you are a new resident. A park permit is required for dogs to enter city parks. For purchases and information visit or call the Clerks office at (248) 733-3700. Lost pet owners call the police department at (248) 651-9621.

Rochester Hills requires that dogs of new residents be licensed within 30 days. Licenses are valid January 1 – December 31. Licenses not renewed by June 1 have a fee increase unless a new resident. Contact the City Treasurer at (248) 841-2581.

Oakland Township requires that dogs of new residents be licensed within 30 days. If renewing, it must be purchased by June 1st of the following year. Contact the Treasurers office at 651-4440. Note: dogs must be on a six foot leash in parks at all times.

Animal Xtractors (248) 678-9931

Critter Catchers (248) 432-2712 • Licensed company has a trapping program, bat and mice control, can install chimney caps and TAP pest control insulation Rochester Hills Wildlife Removal (248) 434-6255.

Michigan Humane Society

Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care 3600 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48309, (866) MHUMANE

Performs adoption, cruelty investigations and emergency rescue and provides wildlife information.


Senior Services

Area Agency on Aging 1-B

29100 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 400, Southfield 48034 (800) 852-7795

Comprehensive organization that helps with advocacy, Medicare and Medicaid issues, care giving, respite, driving program, meals on wheels and more.

Oakland County Health Department (248) 858-1280,

This website offers a guide to older adults who need help with housing, health and medical or legal issues and can connect to all the local senior centers, medicare and social security offi ces.

Older Persons' Commission (OPC)

650 Letica Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-1403

This community treasure offers classes, activities, sports facilities, travel opportunities, adult day services, hot weekday lunches, a mini library branch, cafe and gift shop.Open to all residents 50+ years of age in Oakland Township,Rochester and Rochester Hills. Log on to the OPC website for details. Transportation for 60+ or disabled (248) 652-4780 and Meals on Wheels (248) 608-0264.

Rochester Hills Public Library (248) 650-7150, The library provides numerous services for seniors including large print books, mail services and specialized materials for many other needs.

Social Security Administration 1280 Pontiac Rd., Pontiac 48340 Monday - Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 800-772-1213,

SAVE Task Force

Adult Protection Services (855) 444-3911,


Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050

DTE Energy (800) 477-4747 GAS LEAKS (800) 947-5000,

Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) (313) 267-6000 EMERGENCIES (844) 455-GLWA Information

Rochester Department of Public Works (248) 651-5165

Oakland County Environmental Health Department Well & Septic Permits (248) 858-1280,

Veterans Services

John D. Dingall VA Medical Center

4646 John Rd., Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 576-1000

Oakland County Services

Pontiac Office, (248) 858-0785 Troy, (248) 655-1250

Oakland University

Veterans Certification Office (in Office of the Registrar) (248) 370-4010 Support Services (248) 370-2010

Offers support services and priority registration for students. U.S. Veterans Office - Detroit Regional Office (800) 827-1000

Voters Registration (and Election Results)

You can register to vote and find out election results at their city or township offices, secretary of state offices and the Oakland County Clerks Office. For secretary of state offices see listing under Driver License, Auto Registration And License Plates And State Park Recreation Passports information above or access online at

Zip Codes

Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township have the following zip codes: 48306, 48307, 48308, 48309, and 48363. The 48308 zip code is for post offices boxes only.

Vital Records, Property and Land

The Oakland County Clerks Office records birth, death and marriage certificates that occur in Oakland County. Copies are available through this office. The Clerk also supplies marriage licenses, notary public and passport applications and concealed weapons permits. If you have any questions log on to

Vital Records: (248) 858-0571 Deeds and Mortgages Office: (248) 858-0606

The City of Rochester Hills can process applications for certified copies of birth and death certificates occurring within the city. Call the Clerks office at (248) 656-4630.

Shared Office Space

Affordable, More Infrastructure and Friends!

The Main Space 222 S Main St. Rochester 48307 (248) 770-6259

Seven Co 888 W. Big Beaver Troy 48084 (248) 301-0010

HubWorx 360 360 E Maple, Ste. A Troy 48083 (248) 800-6391 Regus (888) 204-3790

• Stoneridge Office Park 41000 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills 48304

• Columbia Center 101 W. Big Beaver Troy48084

• The Ford Building 135 N. Old Woodward Birmingham 48009


Executive Office Network

• AmeriCenter of Bloomfield 7 W Square Lake Rd Bloomfield Hills 48302 (248) 452-5680

• AmeriCenter of Troy 200 E Big Beaver Troy 48083 (248) 524-4888

More locatons including Southfield, Livonia, Novi


Amtrak Train and Bus Service (800) 872-7245

Train stations are located in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Lapeer, Pontiac, Royal Oak and Troy.


Rochester Post Office at 511 Olde Towne Road processes passport applications. An appointment is required and a passport photo can be taken here as well. Call (248) 601-1011.

City of Rochester Hills offers passport acceptance services. Call the hotline at (248) 841-2469.

Expedited processing and foreign visas can be obtained by appointment at: The Detroit Passport Agency 211 W. Fort St., Detroit 48226 877-487-2778

For further information log on to the U.S. Department of State website at


Bishop International Airport (FNT) 3425 W. Bristol Rd.• Flint (810) 235-6560 •

Conveniently located off I-75 and I-69, with five airlines, numerous non-stopflights, free Wi-Fi, business center, lounge, restaurant and bar, gift shop.


Allegiant (702) 505-8888

American Airlines (800) 433-7300

Delta (800) 221-1212

United (800) 864-8331

Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) 6500 Highland Rd. • Waterford • (248) 666-3900 •

Nation’s 12th busiest general aviation airport accommodating air trafficin Michigan. Corporate, private, air cargo.

Detroit/Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (Identifier: DTW) Located off I-94 at Exit 198 or off I-275 at Eureka Rd. Call (734) AIRPORT for General Information (734) 942-3126 Lost & Found Information (800) 642-1978 24 Hour Parking Hotline

Transportation Serving Airport Smart Bus Service

Luxury Sedan and Taxi Service

Metro CARS (800) 456-1701 Metro CAB (734) 997-6500

Detroit Metro Airport Terminal Guide


Air Canada 888-247-2262

Alaska Air 800-252-7522 American 800-433-7300 Frontier 801-401-9000

Jet Blue 800-538-2583

Lufthansa 800-645-3880

Royal Jordanian 212-949-0050 Southwest 800-435-9792 Spirit 855-728-3555 United 800-864-8331

McNamara Terminal AIRLINE RESERVATIONS WEBSITE Air France 800-237-2747 Delta 800-221-1212

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Sports and Recreation

Professional Sports Teams of Southeast Michigan

Detroit Lions (NFL) Detroit Pistons (NBA)

Ford Field Detroit Little Caesars Arena (313) 262-2222 313-PISTONS

Detroit Tigers (MLB) Detroit Red Wings (NHL)

Comerica Park Detroit Little Caesars Arena (866) 66-TIGER (313) 471-7575

United Shore Professional Baseball (USPBL)

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

Metro Area Sports & Recreation Websites

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

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

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 •

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

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

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

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


Detroit Archers

(248) 661-9610 • 5795 Drake Rd., West Bloomfield 48322

Target archery, classes, leagues, open shooting.

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

• 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.

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 for fees, dates and times.

Royal Oak Archers

2762 Orion Rd., Oakland Township 48363

(248) 693-9799

Clubhouse and its 3 ranges just off the Paint Creek Trail overlooking the creek


Baseball/Softball (Tball to Travel)

Rochester Avon Recreational Rochester Hills Little League Authority (RARA) (248) 656-8308 • • 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 2022 Spring/Summer tryout and team information


Michigan AAU Boys Basketball

Michigan Girls AAU Basketball lists all local clubs.

Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) (248) 656-8308 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

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

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Biking, mountain biking, hiking and off road vehicle trails are listed by park and trail name.

Oakland County Parks

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 • Local clubs listed online.

Michigan Mountain Biking Association – MCMBA Motor City

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

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.


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 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

Huron Clinton Metroparks have boat launches, slips and storage available at

• Stony Creek Metropark • Kensington Metropark

• Lake St. Clair Metropark • Lake Erie Metropark


Palazzo di Bocce

4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, 48359 (248) 371-9987 •

Has 10 indoor courts and restaurant. Offers open play, leagues and tournaments.


Avon North Hill Lanes

150 W. Tienken, Rochester Hills, 48306 (248) 651-8544 •

Classic Lanes

2145 Avon Industrial Dr., Rochester Hills, 48309 (248) 852-9100 •

USBC – Metro Detroit Association 28200 Southfield Rd.Lathrup Village, 48076 (248) 443-2695

Provides information on all bowling alleys, leagues, records, rules and tournaments in the Metro Detroit area.


Car Racing

Waterford Hills Road Racing at Oakland County Sportsmen Club 4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, 48346 (248) 623-0700

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 NASCAR racing in the scenic Irish Hills.

Lapeer International Dragway 2691 Roods Lake Rd., Lapeer, 48446 (810) 938-9959

Cars, motorcycles and even snowmobiles are welcomed. Log on for dragway schedule and rules of the strip.

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 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 They are also available at Dicks Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, Meijers, and Bass Pro Shop locations.

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

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: Grades 1-8 •Football ages: 7-14

Hockey/Ice Skating

Detroit Skating Club 888 Denison Court, Bloomfield Hills 48302 (248) 332-3000

Suburban Ice-Rochester

52999 Dequindre Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 601-6699

Adult leagues, lessons, open skate time and rentals; drop in hockey.

Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy (248) 601-6699

Rochester Hockey Club at the Suburban Ice (248) 601-6699 •

Skate Outdoors in the Winter

• Crooked Lake, in Independence Oaks County Park

• Stony Creek Lake, in Stony Creek Metropark

• 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

Paint Creek Trail allows riding north of Dutton Road. Check it out at


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

Hunting is also available at these State Recreational areas:

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 5200 E. Highland Rd., Highland, 48383 (248) 889-3750

5,900 acres of forest, marshes and rolling hills. Boat access sites on 4 lakes.

Hunting and

Information about hunting licenses, seasons, fees, time tables and online applications can be found at To purchase a specific type of license and see availability online, log on to The local DNR operations service center is in Detroit at 1801 Atwater Street. Phone: (313) 396-6890.

To explore hunting areas by region or specific city log on to

Oakland Township has periods of controlled archery deer hunting in Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park. A township permit is required. Log on to for more information.

Fishing The State of Michigan requires a license which can be purchased online 24/7 along with special hunt applications and permits. General Questions? (517) 284-6057


Rochester United Sharks Lacrosse (248) 376-8033 • Based on school grade levels, there are various levels of play.

Michigan Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse • “Where to Play” lists local chapter members.


For local club information and contact numbers check out:

Running in the USA, Road Runners Club of America,


Rochester Soccer Club 6841 N. Rochester Rd. #301A, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 650-0113 •

Michigan State Youth Soccer (734) 459-6220 •

Magic Soccer P.O. Box 70502, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 941-5160 •

Michigan Youth Soccer League • Competitive leagues for youth U7-U19

Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) (248) 656-8308 Check online brochure for all leagues and tournaments. Youth and adult indoor and outdoor play.


Auburn Hills Skate Park 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.


Alpine Valley in White Lake Mt. Holly in Holly (248) 887-2180 (248) 634-8269

Pine Knob in Clarkston (248) 625-0800

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 for a complete list of destinations.


There are over 6,500 maintained interconnected trails throughout the state. Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association (616) 361-2285

Lists of local clubs, safety class locations, trail maps and conditions.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Information on ORV/ATV registration requirements, maps of trails, routes and new interactive guide online.

Website lists parks and locations of trails.


Michigan Swimming (248) 997-6696

Great website for competitive swimmers providing meet postings, top ten times, time standards and results for all Michigan clubs. Michigan Masters Swimming

Lists clubs, practice pools and meets for competitive swimmers over 18 years of age.


RARA (Rochester Avon Recreation Authority) (248) 656-8308

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 for more info.

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. GOLF • Blackheath 3311 North Rochester Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 601-8000 • Fieldstone Golf Club 1984 Taylor Rd. Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 370-9354 • Great Oaks Country Club (Private) 777 Great Oaks Blvd. Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5200 • Myth Golf Course & Banquets 850 Stoney Creek Road, Oakland Township 48363 (248) 693-7170 • Pine Knob Golf Club 5580 Waldon Road Clarkston, 48348 (248) 625-4430 • Pine Trace Golf Club 3600 Pine Trace Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-7100
Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club 455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland Twp 48363 (248) 650-4550 • The WestWynd Bar, Grille & Golf 4161 North Adams Rd., Oakland Township 48306 (248) 608-7820 • The Wyndgate Country Club (private) 1975 West Gunn Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 652-4283 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 (For more information see Parks)

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!!!

Hiking and Biking Around the Greater Rochester Area

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

The West Bloomfield Trail is a 6.8 mile rail trail connect ing 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.

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 to get needed information.

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.


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, 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 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.

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.

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.



For Information about the school systems servicing the Greater Rochester Area please call or log on:

Avondale School District 2940 Waukegan St, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 (248) 537-6000 •

Lake Orion Community Schools 315 N. Lapeer St., Lake Orion, MI (248) 693-5400 •

Rochester Community Schools 501 W. University Dr. , Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 726-3000 •

Romeo Community Schools 316 N. Main St. , Romeo, MI 48065 (586) 752-0200 •



Health Care

Health Organizations/Associations

Alzheimer’s Association 25200 Telegraph Ste. 100 Southfield 48033 (248) 351-0280 •

American Cancer Society 2000 Town Center, Ste. 1900 Southfield 48075 (248) 663-3400 •

American Diabetes Association (248) 433-3830 •

American Heart Association 27777 Franklin Rd., Ste. 1150 Southfield 48034 (248) 936-5800 •

American Red Cross SE MI Chapter 7800 W. Outer Dr., Ste. 205 Detroit 48235 (313) 833-4440 •

American Lung Association 1475 E. 12 Mile Madison Heights 48071 (248) 784-2000 •

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan 25200 Telegraph, Ste. 110 Southfield 48033 (248) 351-7979 •

Michigan Lupus Foundation 30200 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 170 Bingham Farms 48025 (800) 705-6677 •

Michigan Parkinson Foundation 30400 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 150 Bingham Farms 48025 (248) 433-1011 • (800) 852-9781

National Arab American Medical Association 2265 Livernois, Ste. 720 Troy 48083 (248) 646-3661 •

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link 2900 Union Lake Rd., Ste. 213 Commerce 48382 (800) 546-5268 •

Oakland County Medical Society 30700 Telegraph, Ste. 3445 Bingham Farms 48025 (248) 792-7062 •

Oakland County Dental Society 16205 W. 14 Mile Rd., Ste. 201 Beverly Hills 48025 (248) 540-9333

Michigan Poison Center

Wayne State University 550 E. Canfield, Lande Bldg. Detroit, 48201 (800) 222-1222

Tri-County Dental Health Council 45580 Woodward Pontiac 48341 248-559-7767

Unified 3968 Mt. Elliot Detroit 48207 (313) 446-9800 • ComprehensiveAIDSserviceorganization providing HIV related services through compassionate direct care, prevention and outreach.

Michigan Community VNA 30800 Telegraph, Ste. 1728 Bingham Farms 48025 (800) 852-1232 •

Visiting Physicians AssociationMetropolitan Detroit Office 500 Kirts, Ste. 200 Troy, 48084 (248) 824-6060


Hospice of Michigan

• 400 Galleria Office Center, Ste. 400 Southfield, 48034 • 43097 Woodward Bloomfield Hills, 48302

24-hour information line: (888) 247-5701 ServingOaklandCounty

St. Joseph Mercy Home Care & Hospice 34505 W 12 Mile Rd., Ste 100 Farmington Hills 48331 (855) 559-7178

Assisted Living, Home Care, Nursing Centers & Retirement Homes

Please see the information listed under this caption in the Basics section. Hospitals & Health Systems

Oakland County

Ascension Providence Hospital-Rochester 1101 W. University Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 652-5000

Ascension St. John Hospital Cancer Center 1901 Star Batt Dr. Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 844-4000

Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak 3601 W. 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 48073 (248) 898-5000

Beaumont Hospital – Troy 44201 Dequindre, Troy 48085 (248) 964-5000


Oakland County joined the National Association of Counties “Live Healthy Discounts Program” to help residents with healthcare costs. (*Note - this is not health insurance.) Prescription, dental, and health discount cards are available. Registration is online at Call the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Office at (248) 858-0100 or (877) 321-2652 (prescription card) (877) 573-2395 (dental health card).

Childrens Hospital of Michigan Troy 350 W. Big Beaver, Troy 48084 (248) 524-7180

Pontiac General Hospital 461 W. Huron St., Pontiac 48341 (248) 857-7200

McLaren-Oakland (osteopathic) 50 N. Perry St., Pontiac 48342 (248) 338-5000

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac 48341 (248) 858-3000

Genesee County

Ascension Genesys Hospital 1 Genesys Parkway, Grand Blanc, 48439 (810) 606-5000


Dental Care is available for families and individuals in Oakland County that are not able to obtain such care through other measures. The application and all details and requirements are available online at For further questions call the Health Division at (248) 858-1306.


Clubs and Organizations

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous

Immediate help hotline (248) 332-3521 Log on for meeting information around the county.

Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon / Alateen) 248-706-1020 c/o Meridian Health Services, 2nd Floor Physical Address: 1255 N. Oakland Blvd., Waterford Twp. 48327 Mailing Address: Oakland AFG, PO Box 155, Keego Harbor 48320

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Rochester MI Branch Meetings are held at the Community House. Interest groups include: • AAUW Juniors • Chix Flix • Kaleidoscope

• Book Groups • Bridge Groups • Galloping Gourmets

• Great Decisions • International Couples Potluck

• Cultural Interest Programs

American Legion Homer Wing Post 172 234 Walnut Blvd., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-2247

Assisance League® of Southeastern Michigan 248-656-0414

The ReSale Connection - part of ALSM

Authors in April P.O. Box 81634, Rochester 48306

Week long community event encourages reading by bringing authors, illustrators and children together.

Avon – Rochester Moose Lodge 3967 S. Livernois, Rochester Hills 48307

Loyal Order of the Moose #409 (248) 852-4090 Women of the Moose #1748 (248) 852-4090

Boy Scout Troop 101 Rochester Hills, MI. Follow on Facebook.

Boy Scout Troop 123

Boy Scout Troop 125

Boy Scout Troop 255

Community Foundation of Greater Rochester 303 East St.,, PO Box 80431, Rochester, MI 48308 (248) 608-2804 Raises funds in a variety of ways to provide local grants and scholarships.

CORE (community resource exchange) Meetings at the Library

Corinthian Lodge #241 F.&A.M. 318 Walnut St. , P.O. Box 80003 Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-1529

Masonic Lodge of Freemasons

Fraternal Order of Eagles #2634 650 Woodward, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-9874

Friends of the Clinton River Trail P.O. Box 81971, Rochester 48308

Friends of the Rochester Community Chorus (248) 218-2141 Follow on FB

Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library (248) 650-7179

Volunteers run the gift shop, book cart and book sales.

Freedom Road Transportation (248) 232-1259

Volunteer driver program

Gold Wing Road Riders Association

Social club for riders of all types of motorcycles

Greater Oakland Republican Club (248) 690-5861 •

Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association

Online version of laws and regulations, land use issues, list of local clubs and phone numbers.

Inspiring Hearts for Autism P.O. Box 523, Lapeer 48446 • (810) 656-6139

Support group helping families navigate through the journey of autism.

Kiwanis Club of Rochester Contact: (248) 656-0560. Follow on Facebook. Weekly meetings at Mr. B’s.

Knights of Columbus

• St. Mary of the Hills Council 13950 (248) 853-5390

• Father Baumgartner Council 5452

League of Women Voters (248) 594-6602

Leader Dogs for the Blind 1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 651-9011

MADD Michigan Office 1739 W. Big Beaver Rd., Ste. 200, Troy 48084 (248) 528-1745

News, events, victim impact panel locations.

Meadow Brook Hall Docents (248) 364-6222

Meadow Brook Theatre Guild (248) 370-3349

Michigan Humane Society 3600 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (866) MHUMANE

Michigan Senior Olympics 650 Letica Dr., Rochester 48306 (248) 608-0250

Newcomers and Neighbors Club of the Greater Rochester Area P.O. Box 80134, Rochester 48308 (248) 805-1385

Interest groups include:

• Book Groups • Coffee Groups

• Lunch and Dinner Groups • Cooking

• Friday Night Movies • Bunco

• Members on the Go • Meadow Brook Theatre

• Pub Night Ushering

North Oakland Concert Band 2183 Willow Leaf Ct. S., Rochester Hills 48309

Oakland Audubon Society P. O. Box 796, Birmingham 48012 (248) 646-1200

Oakland County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1094, Birmingham 48012

Oakland Literacy Council 43700 Woodward Ave., Ste. 20, Bloomfield Hills 48302 (248) 253-1617

Paint A Miracle 400 Water St., LL4, Rochester 48307 (248) 652-2702

Paint Creek Folklore Society

Paint Creek Garden Club

Rochester Area Democratic Club

JCI Rochester Area P.O. Box 80161, Rochester 48308 (248) 652-7777 Jaycee organization for 21-40 yr. olds

Rochester Area Optimists Club P.O. Box 80613, Rochester 48308 Contact Bill at (248) 207-6155

Rochester Area Republican ClubRARC Michigan (248) 840-3553 Follow on FB

Rochester Community House 816 Ludlow, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-0622

Rochester Community Schools Foundation 501 W. University Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 726-3190

Provides financial support for academics, athletics and activities of the Rochester Community Schools.

Rochester Elks - North Oakland 2225 3100 Pond Rd., Leonard 48367 (248) 572-7118 (lodge and office)

The Rochester Garden Club Branch member of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association Monthly meetings at the Rochester Community House

Rochester Guardians of Harmony Dave Anderson (586) 286-4860 Barbershop chorus practices at Oak Arbor Church School

Rochester Junior Women’s Club P.O. Box 80743, Rochester 48308 (248) 266-2913 Monthly meetings at Community House.

Rochester Lions Club

P.O. Box 80393, Rochester 48308 Meets at Community House.

Rochester Rotary P.O. Box 81523, Rochester 48308 (248) 327-4555 Meets at Community House.

Rochester Symphony Guild (248) 340-9215 Monthly meetings at the Royal Park Hotel

Rochester Toastmasters #4890 Pixley Memorial Hall, 322 W. University, Rochester 48307 Mike Andrews (248) 828-5649 Meets at the hall two times a month.

Rochester University Alumni Association 800 W. Avon, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 218-2000

Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club

Contact: Monthly meetings.

Stony Creek No. 5 F.&A.M. 318 Walnut St., P.O. Box 80003, Rochester 48308 (248) 651-7181 Masonic Lodge of Freemasons

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Houses of Worship

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church 1550 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-6550

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center 1730 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 293-0072

Bethany Pentecost Tabernacle 103 S Castell Ave Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-7836

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1610 Brewster Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 651-0728

Church of the Holy Redeemer 3050 Grant Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 376-9668

City Light Church 3075 Shimmons, Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 759-4978

Congregation Shir Tikvah 3900 Northfield Parkway Troy, MI 48084 (248) 649-4418

Creekside Christian Church 1892 E. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (947) 232-1323

Crown of Life Lutheran Church 2975 Dutton Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-7720

Doxa Church 3821 S Adams Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Epic Church 47488 Dequindre Shelby Township, MI 48317 (248) 606-4348

Faith Church 160 W Hamlin Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-3535

First Baptist Church of Rochester 6377 Orion Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-6151

First Church Christ Scientist 1119 N Main St Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 652-3155

Christian Science Reading Room 412 S Main St Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-1881

First Congregational Church 1315 N Pine St Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-6225

Hanbit Christian Reformed Church of Detroit 1849 S Livernois Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 608-9888

Heart of the Hills Christian Church 5085 Orion Rd. Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 841-1679

Islamic Association of Greater Detroit 879 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 852-5657

Jehovah's Witnesses 3400 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 375-2131

Korean First Baptist Church 127 E Avon Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-3355

Meadowbrook Christian Church 2741 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 659-8481

Oak Arbor Church 495 Oak Arbor Circle, W. Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 652-3420

Oakland Christian Church 5100 N Adams Rd Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 276-9900

Paint Creek United Methodist Church 4420 Collins Rd Oakland, MI 48306 (248) 373-2360

Rochester Church of Christ 250 W Avon Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-1933

Rochester Church of Nazarene 1799 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-5744

Rochester Christian Church 4435 N Rochester Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-3353

Rochester Hills Baptist Church 3300 S Livernois Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 852-0585

St Andrew Catholic Church 1400 Inglewood Ave Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-7486

St Irenaeus Church 771 Old Perch Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-9595

St John Lutheran Church 1011 W. University Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 402-8000

St Lukes United Methodist Church 3980 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 373-6960

St Mark Orthodox Church 400 W Hamlin Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-1630

St Mary’s of the Hills 2675 John R Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 853-5390

St Paul Albanian Catholic Church 525 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 844-2150

St Paul’s United Methodist 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-9361

St Philip's Episcopal Church 100 Romeo Rd Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-6188

Sikh Gurdwara Temple 271 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-1139

Turning Point Church of Rochester 900 W University Dr. Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 266-6638

Unity Church of Rochester 1038 Harding Ave Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-0120

University Presbyterian Church 1385 S Adams Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 375-0400

Vision Baptist Church 3931 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 852-4438

Woodside Bible Church 6600 Rochester Rd. Troy, MI 48085 (248) 879-8533

Zen Meditation Center of Michigan 1370 John R Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 650-2999

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