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Clark Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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3708 Ocean Beach Road
Clarklake , MI 49234

Clark Lake County Park This 7 acre park on the beaches of Clark Lake includes grills, picnic area, playground area, swimming area, boat launch, and portable toilets.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Community Center
  • Playground Equipment
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
Clark Lake County Park

This 7 acre park on the beaches of Clark Lake includes grills, picnic area, playground area, swimming area, boat launch, and portable toilets.

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Clear Lake County Park

517-788-4320
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Clear Lake Rd
Grass Lake, MI 49240

A five acre park with picnic shelter, playground, swimming area, historic pump house and portable toilets with 200 feet of shoreline on the beach. Take I-94 to the Clear Lake... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Portable Toilets

A five acre park with picnic shelter, playground, swimming area, historic pump house and portable toilets with 200 feet of shoreline on the beach. Take I-94 to the Clear Lake Rd. exit.  Head North approximately 2.5 miles and the park is on the east side of the road.No alcohol is allowed in the park, swim at your own risk, no lifeguard on duty. Pets allowed on leash only in all Jackson County Parks; pets are not allowed in the picnic, playground or beach areas.

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Ella Sharp Park

(517) 788-4040
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3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Ella Sharp Park This park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner Play... » More Information

Hours

Park: Daily 5 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Soccer Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Swimming Pool
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
Ella Sharp Park

This park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner Play Structure, two lighted softball fields, three regular softball fields, ten soccer fields, four baseball fields, one basketball court, playground areas, cross country ski trails, and the Ella Sharp Museum.

Mini-Golf (Putt-Putt)

  • Ella Sharp Park's 18-hole miniaturized golf course holds fun for everyone. The mini course is open 7 days a week. Please call for seasonal hours at 517-788-4696

Lighted Softball Fields

  • The park includes 2 full service fenced and lighted ball fields. Field #1 has a scorer's building while field #2 has a rain shelter.

Open Field Sports Area

  • The park includes 3 full size football fields, 3 softball fields, 4 full size soccer fields which can be used as 8 smaller fields.

Fishing Area

  • The park has a stretch along the banks of the Grand River which is available for fishing. The area is handicapped accessible and is located in the southeast portion of the park.

Paved and Unpaved Walking, Jogging, and Bike Trails

  • The park includes a 1 mile path that connects from Fourth Street with Museum and with the South Jackson Street entrance. In addition, the park also keeps some rough trails that meander through natural preservation areas in both the East and West sides of Fourth Street. These trails are ideal for walking, jogging, and cross country skiing. Cascades Cycling Trail Map

Tennis Courts

  • The park upkeeps 4 paved tennis courts on a first come first serve basis.

Basketball Court

  • The park upkeeps one basketball court located at the South Jackson Road entrance.

Playground Equipment

  • Includes Carter's Corner located across from the Ella Sharp Museum

Facility Rental

  • The Jackson Recreation Department will reserve either the Ella Sharp Park Rose Garden (near the entrance of Ella Sharp Park) or the Rotunda (across from the Museum) for your wedding. The Ella Sharp Park Carters Corner Picnic Pavilion or the West Picnic Pavilion are also available for rental. See Ella Sharp Museum for their Facility Rentals.

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Falling Waters Trail

(517) 788-4320
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Weatherwax Drive to the Village of Concord
Jackson, MI

Falling Waters Trail The Falling Waters Trail is a major east-west component of the Jackson County Regional Trail plan, connecting  the town of Concord with the city of Jackson.  This 10.5-mile... » More Information

Park Features
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
Falling Waters Trail

The Falling Waters Trail is a major east-west component of the Jackson County Regional Trail plan, connecting  the town of Concord with the city of Jackson.  This 10.5-mile asphalt rail-trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad and at its northeast terminus the trail carries on as the Jackson Inter-City Trail from Weatherwax to Morrell Street. The trail has been dedicated as a Jackson County Park. The trial begins in the Village of Concord. Start your trail ride right with breakfast at nearby Concord Cafe. The trail is mostly rural, with only a few road crossings. It also crosses the Lime Lake County Park (5501 Teft Road) where you can drop a line for fish. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and admire the scenery, have a picnic and take a swim.

To start at the west terminus look for the intersection of River and Main St. in Concord and the northeast terminus will be on Weatherwax Rd. between Kibby and Horton Rd. Parking is available at the Weatherwax and Concord Trailhead as well as at the Lime Lake County Park at about the middle of the trail. Click here for a trail map.

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Gillett’s Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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480 Gillett's Lake Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Gillett’s Lake County Park This 8 acre park offers a swim area, historic pump house (restored in 2002), picnic shelter with a grill, a playground, softball diamond, open field for soccer and portable toilets.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Portable Toilets
Gillett’s Lake County Park

This 8 acre park offers a swim area, historic pump house (restored in 2002), picnic shelter with a grill, a playground, softball diamond, open field for soccer and portable toilets.

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Hayes State Park

(517) 467-7401
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1220 Wamplers Lake Road
Onsted, MI 49265

Hayes State Park Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is located on Wamplers Lake and Round Lake great for fishing and boating. The park's close proximity to Michigan... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms
Hayes State Park

Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is located on Wamplers Lake and Round Lake great for fishing and boating. The park's close proximity to Michigan International Speedway, crafts and antique shows and Hidden Lake Gardens make Hayes State Park a prime tourist destination. This park also includes a modern campsite with mini cabins available. 

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Horton Mill Pond Snyder County Park

(517) 788-4320
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Mechanic and 3rd St.
Horton, MI 49246

Horton Mill Pond Snyder County Park Off of Moscow Road, this 5 acre park includes a picnic shelter, playground area, pond for fishing, a gazebo, dam and portable toilets.

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Portable Toilets
Horton Mill Pond Snyder County Park

Off of Moscow Road, this 5 acre park includes a picnic shelter, playground area, pond for fishing, a gazebo, dam and portable toilets.

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Indian Brook Trout Farm

(734) 368-0613
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5883 West Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49201

Indian Brook Trout Farm Kids of all ages love to visit Indian Brook Farms. What an opportunity for adults and kids of all ages to experience a fun filled environment that also educates kids... » More Information

Hours

After Labor Day
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 6 pm

Indian Brook Trout Farm

Kids of all ages love to visit Indian Brook Farms. What an opportunity for adults and kids of all ages to experience a fun filled environment that also educates kids about aquaculture with the trout pond and agriculture with the pumpkin patch.

As you arrive at Indian Brook Farms you will see a trout pond, gift shop, snack bar and a huge display of pumpkins in the fall. A free wagon ride takes kids and adults through 120 acres of agricultural experiences including wetlands, vegetable and flower gardening, natural untouched plant growth and one of the biggest pumpkin patches around.

Kids learn about aquaculture by seeing how fish are hatched and nurtured through the stages of growth to full sized trout at the Indian Brook Farms spring fed fish hatchery. They can feed the fish and also fish for full sized trout at the Fishing Pond. Before and after the wagon ride kids can visit the fish ponds, gift shop and snack bar which features freshly  baked donuts as well as other snacks and drinks.

Group Tour Information

For a unique school trip, company outing, family reunion, birthday party or motor coach tour Indian Brook Farms is the place to go. Groups of 30 or more are encouraged to book a 3 hour visit consisting of a trout pound and pumpkin patch tour wagon ride, hatchery visit, educational talk and lunch. 

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Lime Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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5501 Teft Rd.
Spring Arbor, MI 49237

Lime Lake County Park A 2 acre park including a boat launch, a swimming area, playground equipment and portable toilets.The Falling Waters Trail runs right through the park.  The lake was created by... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
Lime Lake County Park

A 2 acre park including a boat launch, a swimming area, playground equipment and portable toilets.The Falling Waters Trail runs right through the park. 

The lake was created by the quarrying of Marl, a calcium carbonate or lime-rich mud used to make concrete. The operation, which ceased in 1929, left behind bizarre underwater mountains, pillars, and spires and has become a popular diving spot. Even beginner divers can experience this scene as the depth of the lake is only 30 feet. The Falling Waters Trail provides access to the dive site for certified divers only. There is a distinct drop off on the trail side of the lake. 

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Little Wolf Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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Wolf Lake Rd.
Napoleon, MI 49261

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Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Portable Toilets

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Minard Mills County Park

(517) 788-4320
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8975 Springport Rd.
Parma, MI 49269

Minard Mills County Park A beautiful 5 acre park with beautifully landscaped gardens, parks nursery, picnic tables, picnic shelter, grills, a ball diamond, playground area, and modern restrooms.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
Minard Mills County Park

A beautiful 5 acre park with beautifully landscaped gardens, parks nursery, picnic tables, picnic shelter, grills, a ball diamond, playground area, and modern restrooms.

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Pleasant Lake County Park & Campground

(517) 769-6401
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4401 Styles Road,
Pleasant Lake, MI 49272

Pleasant Lake County Park & Campground This 22 acre park has 60 modern campsites with water and electricity at every site, plus hot showers, modern restrooms, a sanitary dump station and water tower. Also available is a swimming... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Modern Restrooms
Pleasant Lake County Park & Campground

This 22 acre park has 60 modern campsites with water and electricity at every site, plus hot showers, modern restrooms, a sanitary dump station and water tower. Also available is a swimming area, biking area, fishing, a playground area, picnic areas and three shelters (by reservation). An 18-hole golf course is nearby within 1/2 mile. Pets in campground on leash only! Weekly and monthly rates.

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Portage Lake County Park

(734) 475-8307
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Portage Lake Rd.
Pleasant Lake, MI 49272

Portage Lake County Park Picnic area, grills, playground and swimming area, boat launch, a historic pump house and portable toilets are available at this 6 acre park. Directions: Take I-94 east to exit 147 to Race... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
Portage Lake County Park

Picnic area, grills, playground and swimming area, boat launch, a historic pump house and portable toilets are available at this 6 acre park.

Directions:

Take I-94 east to exit 147 to Race Rd.  Turn left (North) on Race Rd. Turn right (East) on Seymour Rd.  Turn left (North) on Portage Lake Rd.

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Round Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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Round Lake Rd.
Horton, MI 49246

Round Lake County Park On this 2.5 acre park you will find grills, picnic area, boat launch, playground area, portable toilets, and a flowing Artesian well for filling your water jugs.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
Round Lake County Park

On this 2.5 acre park you will find grills, picnic area, boat launch, playground area, portable toilets, and a flowing Artesian well for filling your water jugs.

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Sparks Park & The Cascades

(517) 788-4320
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1400 S. Brown St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Sparks Park & The Cascades Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a. The Cascasdes Park & The Cascade Falls The best known attraction of this 457 acre park is The Cascades Falls, a man-made,... » More Information

Hours

2014 The Cascades Schedule

The Cascades will be open for a light show from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on these dates:

  • Nightly May 23 - September 1
  • September 5 & 6
  • September 12 & 13

All dates are weather permitting.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
Sparks Park & The Cascades

Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a. The Cascasdes Park & The Cascade Falls

The best known attraction of this 457 acre park is The Cascades Falls, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment enjoyed by all since 1932. Some prefer to watch the dancing lights and listen to the beautiful music from comfortable seats, while the more energetic climb to the top of the 500 foot hill alongside the six giant fountains while dodging the spraying water. The falls are illuminated every night in season, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. with an admission charge. Children 10 years and under are free with paid adult. Call for special group rates. 

The park, also known as the Sparks Foundation County Park, features the Cascades 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Cascades Short Course and driving range.  Other features of this park, operated by the Jackson County Parks Department,  include outdoor basketball court, baseball and softball fields, a very popular walking path, playground area, and a picnic shelter.  The Cascades Park is also the home of many special events such as the midwest's largest Cascades Civil War Muster and spectacular fireworks shows every year. Don't forget to stop by the Cascades Ice Cream Co, featuring "Frozen Dome Malts", opened March through September.

The Sparks Park newest feature is the urban fishery. The fishery was first stocked with 500 Blue Gill and 100 Large Mouth Bass. The urban fishery was completed in June 2012 and was open for fishing on July 1, 2012.  The area includes a fishing pier, walking path, informative signs and a large picnic gazebo.

2014 Admission Rates for The Cascades Falls

Senior   $3.00 per person*
Regular   $4.00 per person
Family Nights $7.00 per family
Fireworks  $6.00 per person
Children 10 and under always free with paying adult.

Group Rates for 12 or more people at $3 per person*, with one person paying for entire group.
(Please call ahead – Mon thru Fri @ 517-768-2901)

*The senior and group rates do no apply to the firework shows

2014 Season Passes
Includes Family Nights and Fireworks
Single (1)   $40.00
Double (2)   $60.00
Family (Limit 8)  $90.00

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Parks Department at 517-788-7320 for a special behind the scenes tour and pricing information. Guided historic tours of this man-made illuminated waterfall usually last about a half hour and take place before evening light shows in the summer.  Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

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Sunrize Safaris

800-343-HUNT ext. 16
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Jackson , MI 49202

Ted Nugent lives the intense American Dream, pursuing excellence in everything he does. Through Sunrize Safaris, he has achieved this in the world of hunting, providing the best quality hunting... » More Information

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Paul Wilson

Ted Nugent lives the intense American Dream, pursuing excellence in everything he does. Through Sunrize Safaris, he has achieved this in the world of hunting, providing the best quality hunting experiences for real hunters and their families. Sunrize Safaris offers dream hunts in the USA, Canada and Africa with the best outfitters in the business. We also offer hunts on some of our own properties and several hunts with Ted each year. You will come away from a Ted Nugent Sunrize Safaris hunt with memories that last a lifetime. Come experience the kind of hunts you see on Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild TV. You will be moved!!

To book a Safari, contact Paul Wilson at 

Paul@tednugent.com

800-343-HUNT ext. 16

 

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Swain’s Lake County Park & Campground

(517) 768-2901
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7400 Pulaski Road
Concord, MI 49237

56 modern campsites are available with water and electricity & there are 6 rustic campsites at this beautiful 26 acre park, along with hot showers, restrooms, sanitary dump station, and water tower. Other... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms

56 modern campsites are available with water and electricity & there are 6 rustic campsites at this beautiful 26 acre park, along with hot showers, restrooms, sanitary dump station, and water tower. Other features include a boat launch, picnic areas and the 3 shelters (by reservation), playgrounds, sand box, horse shoe pits, basketball court, swimming area, hiking, biking, fishing, volleyball area, softball diamond, and nature trails. An 18-hole golf course is located across the street. Pets in campground on leash only! Weekly and Monthly rates available.  For pre-season reservations,1st Monday in February until the Friday before Memorial Day, please call (517) 768-2901.

Drug & Concealed Weapons Free Park 

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Vandercook Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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551 Avenue A
Jackson, MI 49203

Also known as Townsend F. Beaman Park, this 17 acre park includes a swim area, 3 ball diamonds, a boat launch, playground area, fishing area, grills, 2 picnic shelters and modern restrooms.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms

Also known as Townsend F. Beaman Park, this 17 acre park includes a swim area, 3 ball diamonds, a boat launch, playground area, fishing area, grills, 2 picnic shelters and modern restrooms.

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Vineyard Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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175 North Dr.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

An 8.5 acre park with a playground area, a boat launch, swim area and portable toilets.

Park Features
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets

An 8.5 acre park with a playground area, a boat launch, swim area and portable toilets.

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Waterloo Recreation Area

(734) 475-8307
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16345 McClure Rd.
Chelsea, MI 48118

Waterloo Recreation Area Located northeast of the city of Jackson near Portage Lake County Park and Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. At more than 20,000... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
Waterloo Recreation Area

Located northeast of the city of Jackson near Portage Lake County Park and Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. At more than 20,000 acres, the park boasts two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, a swimming beach, several picnic sites, 11 excellent fishing lakes, eight boat launches, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, three rustic cabins, numerous equestrian trails and the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center.

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