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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 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/pinckney


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. 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, $34/year. michigan.gov/waterloo




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