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Huron-Clinton Metroparks

(734) 426-8211

Nearby metroparks include Delhi (3902 E. Delhi), a handy spot to launch a canoe; Dexter-Huron (6535 Huron River Dr.), a wooded 123-acre area; and Hudson Mills (8801 North Territorial), with 1,549 acres including golf, disc golf, and trails for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Metropark vehicle entrance fees: $10/day, $40/year ($29/year for age 62 & up). metroparks.com S


Independence Lake County Park

3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake [map]

(734) 449-4437

Swimming, boating, disc golf, picnicking and playgrounds, fishing, hiking, biking, rollerblading, and sand volleyball. Launch site for canoes, kayaks, and motorized boats with ten or less horsepower. A variety of park programs and events offered throughout the year. Blue Heron Bay spray play facility, (closed for summer 2020, to reopen in 2021) includes water play structures, geysers, jets, and slides. Blue Heron Bay admission: $4/Washtenaw County residents ($5/nonresidents); after 5 p.m. non-holiday weekends, $3/residents ($4/nonresidents). Vehicle entrance fee: county residents $6/day, seniors (age 62 & up) $3, non-residents $10, seniors $6. Resident annual fee $30/year, non-resident $45. washtenaw.org/424/Independence-Lake-Park


Pinckney Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill, Pinckney [map]

(734) 426-4913

This 11,000-acre park north of Chelsea has many lakes for swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing; modern and rustic campgrounds; and trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and birding. Hunting in season, snowmobiles permitted on a 4-inch base in designated areas. Recreation Passport required: state residents $12/year with license plate renewal, or $17/year at park gate. ($6 for motorcycles with license plate renewal, and $11/year at park gate); nonresidents $9/day, $34/year. michigan.gov/dnr


Rolling Hills County Park

7660 Stony Creek [map]

(734) 484-9676

This 363-acre county park has fields, woodlots, wetlands, a pond, a restored prairie with opportunities for bird and wildlife observation, and paved and soft trails for walking, biking, and in-line skating. Fishing, disc golf, a sledding hill, and cross-country skiing. Vehicle entrance fees: county residents $6/day ($3 for age 62 & over), $30/year; nonresidents $10/day ($6 for age 62 & up), $45/year. Additional fees for the Rolling Hills Family Water Park (see Individual Sports, Swimming, below). washtenaw.org/607/Rolling-Hills-County-Park S


Waterloo Recreation Area

16345 McClure, Chelsea [map]

(734) 475-8307, Campground and cabin reservations: (800) 447-2757

This sprawling 20,500-acre area is great for birding, boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and camping. The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, (734) 475-3170, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea, has hands-on exhibits, natural history programs, park information, and displays of local ecology, wildlife, and Michigan rocks and minerals. Recreation Passport required: state residents $12/year with license plate renewal, or $17/year at park gate. ($6 for motorcycles with license plate renewal, and $11/year at park gate); nonresidents $9/day, $32/year. michigan.gov/waterloo




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