Recreation and Outdoors

Baker Woods Preserve

11914 Trinkle, Dexter This site has a varied topography with well-shaded, steep slopes along Mill Creek traversing the property from north to south. The park houses the Chelsea District Library’s seasonally updated Storybook...

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Trinkle Marsh at Easton Farm Preserve

1152 N. Dancer, Dexter A large county wetland complex covering 151 acres with .35 miles of boardwalks, paved and unpaved trails, two observation decks, and excellent birdwatching. parks@washtenaw.org,...

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Burns-Stokes Preserve

2905 N. Zeeb, Dexter Forest and prairie hug the Huron River at this 29-acre county preserve with just over 1 mile of trails. Ideal for birdwatching, fly-fishing, and nature study. Be sure to see the previous owners’ old teepee...

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Cavanaugh Lake County Park

33 Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Chelsea (734) 971–6337 One-acre roadside picnic area four miles west of Chelsea. Play area. Fishing. Not wheelchair accessible. Open year-round dawn to dusk.

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Potawatomi Trail

Along with the connecting Silver Lake and Crooked Lake trails, this 17-mile loop is hilly and picturesque for hiking and mountain biking. Since the trail contains exposed roots, rocks, and steps, it’s only open for cross-country...

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Michigan Sailing Club

8010 Strawberry Lake (Dexter Clubhouse), Dexter Membership includes use of club sailboats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Hosts formal regattas and informal racing on Baseline Lake at the Dexter...

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Dexter Wellness Center

2810 Baker, Dexter (734) 580–2500 Fitness floor, exercise studios, indoor track, lap pool, warm-water therapy pool, gymnasium with basketball court and Pickleball nets, locker rooms with showers and sauna, grab-and-go café....

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Dexter City Parks

Community Park on Ryan Dr. has a playground, walking path, picnic areas, sports field, basketball court, and a gazebo. At the end of Edison off Second, First Street Park (Horseshoe Park) has 10 horseshoe pits, a portable...

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West Lake Preserve

21520 Waterloo Rd., north of Chelsea With scenic views and a rural setting, this tranquil, 217-acre county property has 2.22 miles of natural and undeveloped trails with upland mature oak and hickory trees, wetland, open water...

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Brauer Preserve

3200 S. Parker, south of Scio Church Rd., Dexter Small lake, hardwood swamp and upland woods on a 226-acre farm. More than 2 miles of trails. Owned by Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP)....

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Midwest Sailing and Portage Yacht Club

8930 Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Dexter (734) 426–4155 Midwest Sailing sells and repairs sailboats, sails, docks, and hoists. Portage Yacht Club has a year-round restaurant, conducts sailboat races on Thursdays and weekends, has a...

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Stinchfield Woods

9401 Stinchfield Woods, Pinckney (734) 764–9316 777 acres of woods owned by U-M. A favorite among naturalists, bird watchers, hikers, and runners; no bikes allowed. Open dawn to dusk. Limited parking at main gate. All dogs must...

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Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery

Delhi Metropark (734) 769-8686 Rents canoes, kayaks, and tubes; age 12 & over for kayaks. Evening glow paddles. Open Apr.-Labor Day daily; open Sat. and Sun. week after Labor Day-mid-Oct. (depending on river conditions). Two...

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Hudson Mills Metropark Golf Course

4800 Dexter-Pinckney Rd. (800) 234-6534 Open daily Apr.-1st weekend in Nov. Fees vary for 9/18 holes, weekdays & weekends. Senior discounts. Rates include green fees, cart fee, and tax. See website for rates and schedule....

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Hell Creek Campground

10866 Cedar Lake, Pinckney (734) 878-3632 Public campground and RV area; 60 electric sites and 40 primitive sites. Horseback riding, camping. Swimming pool, lighted basketball court, playground, hot showers, hiking, horseback...

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Dexter Community Pool

3060 Kensington (Wylie Community Pool Building) (734) 424–4180 Lessons, parties, and senior, adult, and open swim available. See website or email for registration info and schedules....

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Miller-Smith Preserve

8560 Dexter Chelsea Rd., Dexter 29-acre nature area with nearly 1 mile of trail through woodlands and small wetlands. Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program donated 17-acre undeveloped Smith Woods with cleared...

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Hudson Mills Metropark

8801 North Territorial, Dexter (734) 426–8211 Picnic areas, an 18-hole, par-71 golf course, cross-country skiing, shuffleboard, bike and boat rental, hiking and biking trails, fishing, restrooms with running water, and two...

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Dexter-Huron Metropark

6535 Huron River Dr., Dexter (734) 426–8211 A wooded 122-acre park with 3 picnic areas, a softball diamond, restrooms with running water, and a stone labyrinth. Bike or walk the Border-to-Border Trail or paddle the Huron River...

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Delhi Metropark

3902 E. Delhi Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 426–8211 This 53-acre park is a popular picnic destination and a handy spot to launch a canoe. Restrooms with running water. Shelters can be reserved. Metroparks entrance fees: $10/ day,...

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