Parks and Recreation Areas
Cavanaugh Lake County Park
One-acre roadside picnic area on Cavanaugh Lake Rd., four miles west of Chelsea. Play area. Fishing. Not wheelchair accessible. Open year round dawn-dusk.
Chelsea City Parks
Pierce Park is a municipal park on S. Main with a small playground, picnic tables, and a large pavilion. Timber Town Park, on F. A. Weber Dr. off Sibley west of N. Main, has a huge, volunteer-built wooden play structure and a veterans memorial footbridge. Veterans Park, next to Letts Creek at N. Main and Sibley, has picnic tables, a small playground, 2 softball diamonds, and a play structure.
Chelsea State Game Area
Entrance on Dexter-Chelsea Rd.
(517) 522-4097 (Waterloo DNR wildlife office)
799 acres around Fourmile Lake. Shore fishing, waterfowl hunting, small-boat launch.
Park Lyndon County Park
18801 North Territorial, 1 mile east of M-52 [map
This 335-acre park's 2 miles of marked hiking trails, (part of the Waterloo-Pinkney Trail), go past a variety of habitats including fens, marshes, bogs, ponds, forest, and prairie; and the Embury Swamp Natural Area Preserve, the ecological gem of the county park system. Open year round dawn-dusk.
Pierce Lake County Park
1175 S. Main [map
Golf course, boardwalk, nature trail in the 26-acre park. See sandhill cranes, red foxes, and painted turtles. Cross-country skiing. Open year-round. piercelakegolf.com
Pinckney State Recreation Area
8555 Silver Hill [map
(734) 426-4913. Campground reservations: (800) 447-2757
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 $11/year ($5 for motorcycles); nonresidents $9/day, $31/year. michigan.gov/dnr
Along with the connecting Silver Lake and Crooked Lake trails, this 17-mile loop is hilly and picturesque for hiking and mountain biking. It's open for cross-country skiing when there is a base of at least 6 inches of snow (the trail contains exposed roots, rocks, and steps). Maps available at Pinckney State Recreation Area headquarters (see above).
Waterloo Recreation Area
16345 McClure [map
(734) 475-8307. Campground reservations: (800) 447-2757
This sprawling 20,500-acre area is great for birding, boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, and camping. The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center (734-475-3170, 17030 Bush) 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 $11/year ($5 for motorcycles); nonresidents $9/day, $31/year. michigan.gov/dnr
This 22-mile hiking trail passes pine plantations, open meadows, marshes, kettle bogs, forests, and 14 lakes. Good for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking, it runs through the Pinckney and Waterloo recreation areas.
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