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Outdoor Adventure Center –

Michigan State Parks You are never more than half an hour from a State Park, forest, campground, or trail system. One of Michigan’s most important natural resouces, millions use them year-round and the State is always ranked nationally in snowmobile, fishing, and hunting licenses sold. For complete information, log on to www.michigandnr.com or call (517) 284-7275.

Bald Mountain – Lake Orion, (248) 693-6767 Eleven lakes, two trout streams, a sandy beach, 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 (844)

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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 a activities and exhibits. There is an entrance fee.

235-5375. 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, yacht club, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and numerous other park amenities.

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

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

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

Ponds, marshes, fields, miles of trails, horseback riding and stable, beach, camping. Pontiac Lake has bass, pike and panfish.

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

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. Michiga n has the Seven Lakes State Park – Fenton, (248) 634-7271 lo n g est Beautiful lakes, sandy beach for swimming, campground, freshw ater coa boating and fishing. Picnic shelter, grills and playground s tline in the U .S. and equipment available for rent. 2nd lon gest ne William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor xt to Alask (313) 396-0217. Detroit a. Located close to Hart Plaza and the Ren-Cen, this is Michigan’s first urban statepark. Includes Detroit’s three-mile Riverwalk and 52 slip marina. Complete with lighthouse, picnic tables, and shore-fishing famed for walleye.

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

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

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

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

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 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, 12 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

Lakelands Trail State Park – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913 A linear park, 13 miles long, with a gravel surface. Designed for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

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.

Pinckney Recreation Area – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913 This park offers 11,000 acres of extensive trails, 26 miles for mountain bikers, the 46 mile Waterloo-Pinckney Trail, backpacking, fishing and hunting.

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 offers hiking, birdwatching, upland hunting, mountain biking and other activities.

W.C. Wetzel State Park – Harrison Township, (810) 765-5605 No permit is required at this undeveloped park. Great for hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Most state parks require a motor vehicle permit 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 Great Lakes contain an estimated 5,500 cubic miles of water – one fifth of all the liquid surface fresh water on Earth. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, third largest by volume.

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