Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
Cascades Park

Parks, Lakes and Nature

Jackson County contains an abundance of natural settings; from parks to lakes, there is an area for the nature lover at any spot in the county. Spend an afternoon in a park or visit a natural area!

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Jackson Parks

Beech Tree City Park

(517) 788-4040
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400 N Blackstone St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Located on the corner of VanBuren & Blackstone, this park features open green space and is the home of the State Champion Beech Tree.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables

Located on the corner of VanBuren & Blackstone, this park features open green space and is the home of the State Champion Beech Tree.

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Best Field City Park

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1304 Lewis St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Located at Lewis Street near Locust Street, this park features baseball fields.

Park Features
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields

Located at Lewis Street near Locust Street, this park features baseball fields.

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Betsy Butterfield City Park

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2101 West Ave.
Jackson, MI 49203

Betsy Butterfield City Park The park features landscaping, a playground structure, water feature and a charming statue of children at play. Located on West Avenue between Brighton and The Parkway Street, it is near... » More Information

Park Features
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground Equipment
  • Betsy Butterfield City Park

The park features landscaping, a playground structure, water feature and a charming statue of children at play. Located on West Avenue between Brighton and The Parkway Street, it is near the Inter-City Bike Trail and Parkside Middle School, between two larger parks Cascades and Sharp Parks.

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Bloomfield City Park

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1305 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Located off of Michigan Ave between Durand and Thompson Streets, this park features two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a ballfield, playground equipment and picnic tables. 

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts

Located off of Michigan Ave between Durand and Thompson Streets, this park features two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a ballfield, playground equipment and picnic tables. 

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Bucky Harris City Park

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190 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201

Bucky Harris City Park Located on the northeast corner of Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue, this park is a historical recreation of Old Jacksonburg Square, featuring green space with benches, a fountain, and a... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Bucky Harris City Park
  • Bucky Harris City Park
  • Bucky Harris City Park

Located on the northeast corner of Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue, this park is a historical recreation of Old Jacksonburg Square, featuring green space with benches, a fountain, and a concert stage. Summer concerts are put on here by the Jackson Downtown Development Authority and it is also a focal point of many other downtown Jackson events including Summer Cruise-ins.

On the north side of the park is the Old Stone Post Office, the oldest stone structure in Jackson. The northwest corner of the intersection features Blackman City Park, the southwest corner features a clock tower with a time capsule buried beneath it and the southeast corner features another historical building named for local merchant Horace Ismon.

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Clark Lake County Park

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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. Located across the street from the famous Beach... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • 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. Located across the street from the famous Beach Bar and Restaurant

Clark Lake is one of the oldest parks in the county.  It was purchased in 1925 from C.F. York for $4,500.

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Clear Lake County Park

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Clear Lake Rd
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Clear Lake County Park 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.... » More Information

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

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.

The park was purchased in 1925 from Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Gorton for $3,800

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Dahlem

(517) 782-3453
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7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Dahlem Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience... » More Information

Hours

Trail Hours
Dawn to dusk, 7 days per week, including holidays

Guided Nature Hikes
Every Tuesday from 9 am- 11 am

Building Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm
Monday: Closed 

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
  • Dahlem

Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience the natural wonders on their own. A newly resurfaced 3/8 mile trail has been specially redesigned for visitors with limited mobility. 

Dahlem offers year-round educational programs for students and families, including naturalist programs, workshops, and special events. The exhibit area and Nutshell Gift Shop are located within the main visitor building. 

The Nutshell is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to shop and is an excellent source for nature-related books, clothing, bird-feeding supplies, jewelry and many other items, including fresh wreaths during the holidays. 

Dahlem serves as a natural history education center for kids, but it is also known around the state and country for having one of the largest bluebird trails. Birders can capture the songs of Eastern Bluebirds along this well-maintained trail, as well as the harmonies of other migratory songbirds. The annual festival to celebrate these birds is called the Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies Festival.

Download the Dahlem Center Trail Map 

Venue Capacity

Dutcher Room - 80

Pavilion - 80

Green Space - 125

Group Tour Information

Year round groups of 10 or more are encouraged to take a 90 minute guided nature hike and interactive presentation by a Dahlem Naturalist. Groups will discover seasonal favorites such as dragonflies, bird watching, and butterflies on five miles of well-groomed trails. Meanwhile, limited mobility presentations are also available offered on the paved “Nature for All Trail”. Seated educational presentations are also available in the environmental education space. Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

Groups may also schedule a Dahlem Naturalist to meet the bus at a variety of different birding and wildflower hot spots throughout Jackson county.  

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Ella Sharp Park

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

Ella Sharp Park This 563-acre 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... » 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
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park

This 563-acre 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, mountain biking trails, the Ella Sharp Museum, Hurst Planetarium and hosts the annual Hot Air Jubilee.

New in 2016 an 18-hole disc golf course!

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. The 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 City of Jackson Recreation Department (517) 788-4040 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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Elnora Moorman Plaza City Park

Website | Facebook 152 E High St.
Jackson, MI 49203

At the intersection of East High and South Milwaukee Streets, this park features green space, park benches and a bike rack, along the Inter-City Trail. Ornamental roses climb wrought iron... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches

At the intersection of East High and South Milwaukee Streets, this park features green space, park benches and a bike rack, along the Inter-City Trail. Ornamental roses climb wrought iron trellises.

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Exchange Club City Park

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300 E. Mansion St
Jackson, MI 49203

On Mansion Street between Merriman and South Milwaukee Streets, this park, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Jackson, features playground equipment, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and one ballfield.

Park Features
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts

On Mansion Street between Merriman and South Milwaukee Streets, this park, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Jackson, features playground equipment, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and one ballfield.

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Falling Waters Trail

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Weatherwax Drive to the Village of Concord

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 10.6-mile asphalt rail-trail... » 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 10.6-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 Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly known 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. Or learn a little bit about Spring Arbor history at the Falling Waters Park at the corner of Hammond and South Cross Road just north of the Trail. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and admire the scenery, have a picnic or 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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Ganson Street City Park

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638 W. Ganson Street
Jackson, MI 49201

Ganson Street City Park On the Corner of Ganson and Bush Streets, this park features greenspace with landscaping, a playground structure and several benches.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Playground Equipment
  • Ganson Street City Park

On the Corner of Ganson and Bush Streets, this park features greenspace with landscaping, a playground structure and several benches.

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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 swimming area, historic pump house (restored in 2002), a picnic shelter, grills, a playground and a portable toilet.

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

This 8-acre park offers a swimming area, historic pump house (restored in 2002), a picnic shelter, grills, a playground and a portable toilet.

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Governor Austin Blair Memorial City Park

(517) 788-4040
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600 S. Jackson Street
Jackson, MI 49201

Governor Austin Blair Memorial City Park Dedicated to former Governor of Michigan and Jackson resident Governor Austin Blair, this park features green space, park benches, picnic tables, and playground equipment. The park is... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground Equipment
  • Governor Austin Blair Memorial City Park
  • Governor Austin Blair Memorial City Park

Dedicated to former Governor of Michigan and Jackson resident Governor Austin Blair, this park features green space, park benches, picnic tables, and playground equipment. The park is located at the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and South Jackson Street. Governor.

Austin Blair was known as the Civil War Governor who championed civil rights both as an opponent of slavery and capital punishment. He was also chairman of the committee who founded the Republican Party "Under the Oaks". A statue of Governor Austin Blair is in front of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing. Following his service in the US House from 1867 to 1873, he returned to Jackson to resume a private law practice and is interred at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

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Grand River Arts Walk

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Louis Glick Highway to Monroe Street
Jackson, MI 49201

Grand River Arts Walk Opened in 2010, this one-mile trail follows the Grand River from downtown through the Art District at Art 634 and Armory Arts ending at Monroe Street.

Park Features
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Grand River Arts Walk

Opened in 2010, this one-mile trail follows the Grand River from downtown through the Art District at Art 634 and Armory Arts ending at Monroe Street.

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Grand River Memorial City Park

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125 Francis St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Grand River Memorial City Park This park is a place to honor area citizens with small monuments. It features a circular walkway with benches in front of the new Consumers Power building / Old Post Office... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Grand River Memorial City Park

This park is a place to honor area citizens with small monuments. It features a circular walkway with benches in front of the new Consumers Power building / Old Post Office and across the street from Louise Nevelson's Summer Night Tree.

Photo Courtesy of Cyrus Harn.

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Grass Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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400 N Lake Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240

This 9 acre park has picnic areas, grills, a shelter, playground area, modern restrooms, a boat launch and a swimming area.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Tennis Courts
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms

This 9 acre park has picnic areas, grills, a shelter, playground area, modern restrooms, a boat launch and a swimming area.

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Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

517-580-7364
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9066 Seymour Rd
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary is well-known as THE staging area for Sandhill Cranes. Every autumn, thousands of these birds gather here in preparation for their southern migration. The 963-acre... » More Information

Hours

Open year round from dawn to dusk.

  • Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary is well-known as THE staging area for Sandhill Cranes. Every autumn, thousands of these birds gather here in preparation for their southern migration. The 963-acre Michigan Audubon Society sanctuary has a variety of habitats, making it possible to see over 200 species of birds and plants, including the Rough-legged Hawk and the Northern Shrike during the winter months. 

The Sanctuary is open to visitors year-round, and during the fall on weekends, sanctuary greeters may be available to answer questions. You can also see many Cranes feeding in the fields in the area in the spring and summer, but especially the fall (September to mid-November). Late afternoon visitors during that time of year can see well over 2,000 Sandhill Cranes landing in the sanctuary during that time. We have even been fortunate to have an elusive Whooping Crane visit the sanctuary as well.

The Jackson Audubon Society is the steward of this sanctuary. They ask that you please stay on trails or the observation areas and treat the land, plants and wildlife with respect.

The Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary is located 6 miles northeast of Jackson, Michigan on Seymour Road. For GPS, you can use the coordinates of 42.322, -84.289. 

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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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Horace Blackman City Park

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200 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49201

Horace Blackman City Park Located on the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and South Jackson Street, this park features benches and green space in the shade of several mature trees. A fountain is the... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Horace Blackman City Park
  • Horace Blackman City Park
  • Horace Blackman City Park

Located on the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and South Jackson Street, this park features benches and green space in the shade of several mature trees. A fountain is the focal point of the park as well as the First Congregational Church that borders it on the north. After demolishing the old Consumers Energy Building in 2014, the park has expanded to include many picnic tables for lunch and strings of lights above for a beautiful evening view. Live music and movies are held in the park in the summer months. There are plans for a more permanent structure to house the Glidden Parker Glass Mural as well as act as a permanent stage for the evening concerts.

The park is named after the pioneer and founder of Jackson, Horace Blackman. On July 3, 1829, Blackman, crossed the Grand River and made camp at what is now Trail and N. Jackson Street. The party arrived in Jackson on a well-traveled Indian trail leading west from Ann Arbor. Blackman returned and registered his claim for 160 acres (65 ha) at two dollars an acre. Blackman returned to Jackson in August 1829, cleared land and built a cabin. The town was first called Jacksonopolis. Later, it was renamed Jacksonburgh. Finally, in 1838 the town's name was changed to simply Jackson.

Across the street on the northeast corner of Jackson and Michigan is Bucky Harris Park on the site of Old Jacksonburg Square and on the southwest corner is the Millenium Clocktower where a time capsule buried beneath it on January 1, 2000, and finally the Horace Ismon Building on the southeast corner which is in the Michigan Registrar of Historic Places.

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Horton Mill Pond Snyder County Park

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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. The gazebo was donated to the park in 1990... » More Information

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.

The gazebo was donated to the park in 1990 by the Cascades Lions Club.  The gazebo is in memory of Robert E. Green, who was the longtime caretaker of the park.  The gazebo is located on the northern part of the park.

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Kiwanis Club City Park

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1521 Blakely Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202

Kiwanis Club City Park On the corner of Elm and Blakely Avenues, this park features green space, landscaping playground equipment, a picnic shelter, fencing, signage, a lighted entrance and a new picnic... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Kiwanis Club City Park

On the corner of Elm and Blakely Avenues, this park features green space, landscaping playground equipment, a picnic shelter, fencing, signage, a lighted entrance and a new picnic pavilion.

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Lime Lake County Park

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5501 Teft Rd.
Spring Arbor, MI 49237

Lime Lake County Park Lime Lake is a 2-acre park and a 96-acre lake. This all-sport lake, at its deepest point is 27 feet deep.A 2-acre park including a boat launch, a swimming... » More Information

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

Lime Lake is a 2-acre park and a 96-acre lake. This all-sport lake, at its deepest point is 27 feet deep.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 less than 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. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, rock bass, sunfish and yellow perch. 

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Lions Club City Park

(517) 788-4040
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1025 N. Blackstone St.
Jackson, MI 49202

On the corner of Blackstone & Adams Streets, this park features one lighted softball field, one regular softball field, one tennis court, playground equipment, a picnic shelter and two basketball... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Portable Toilets

On the corner of Blackstone & Adams Streets, this park features one lighted softball field, one regular softball field, one tennis court, playground equipment, a picnic shelter and two basketball courts. The Grand River Arts Walk passes through the park here, which runs from Monroe Street to Louis Glick Highway. 

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Little Wolf Lake County Park

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Wolf Lake Rd.
Napoleon, MI 49261

This 9-acre park offers a swimming area with a grassy beach, play equipment, picnic shelter with a grill and restrooms. In 1925, the county bought the property from Mr. and... » More Information

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

This 9-acre park offers a swimming area with a grassy beach, play equipment, picnic shelter with a grill and restrooms.

In 1925, the county bought the property from Mr. and Mrs. George Pray Ottley of Ann Arbor with the mindset of preserving public access to area lakes.

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Loomis City Park & Boos Recreation Center

(517) 788-4064
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210 Gilbert St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Loomis City Park & Boos Recreation Center Located north of E. Michigan Ave between Edgewood & Gilbert Streets, Loomis City Park features the Boos Recreation Center, two outdoor basketball courts, two outdoor tennis courts, picnic shelter with... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Community Center
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Winter Sledding
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Loomis City Park & Boos Recreation Center

Located north of E. Michigan Ave between Edgewood & Gilbert Streets, Loomis City Park features the Boos Recreation Center, two outdoor basketball courts, two outdoor tennis courts, picnic shelter with grills and the community built wooden play structure. The recreation center hosts a variety of classes, events and workshops year-round. Programs involve every age group from early childhood to 50+ and include everything from yoga and arts & crafts to gymnastics and toddler classes.

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MacCready Reserve

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9243 Skiff Lake Rd
Clarklake, MI 49234

MacCready Reserve The MacCready Reserve is a 408-acre property that is designated for education, research and outreach programs in wildlife and forestry management. The lush environment includes 6.5 miles of trails, rolling terrain,... » More Information

Hours

Daily, Dawn-Dusk

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Walking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Modern Restrooms
  • MacCready Reserve

The MacCready Reserve is a 408-acre property that is designated for education, research and outreach programs in wildlife and forestry management. The lush environment includes 6.5 miles of trails, rolling terrain, towering hardwoods, natural springs and colorful wildflowers, creating a diverse habitat for numerous species of birds. This park is also dog-friendly. (Must remain on a leash at all times)

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Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail

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Weatherwax Dr. to Morrell St.

Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail The arrow-straight formerly known as the Jackson Intercity Trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad for 3.4 miles through the southwest section of Jackson. The trail... » More Information

Park Features
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail

The arrow-straight formerly known as the Jackson Intercity Trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad for 3.4 miles through the southwest section of Jackson. The trail provides a nice non-motorized way for area residents to commute to shops and work, as well as for recreation. For those wanting to venture farther afield, the Martin Luther King Equality Trail turns into the Falling Waters Trail at Weatherwax Drive, which carries on southwest 10.6 miles to the town of Concord.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

(517) 788-4067
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1107 Adrian St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center On the corner Adrian and Mitchell Streets, the Howard Charles Woods Recreational Complex & Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center features community-built playground equipment, a picnic shelter, two outdoor basketball... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Community Center
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

On the corner Adrian and Mitchell Streets, the Howard Charles Woods Recreational Complex & Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center features community-built playground equipment, a picnic shelter, two outdoor basketball courts, a tennis court, and two ballfields. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is a full-service community center operated by the City of Jackson Recreation Department. The center provides a safe and supervised place where families can recreate and participate in community programs.

The King Center offers a continuing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, study tours, camps, art exhibits, and special community events. Center facilities include a full gymnasium with a rubberized surface for safety, The Flamingo Brown Lounge, the Comcast Multimedia Lab with computers and internet access, the Tony Dungy Meeting lounge, and a small commercial kitchen. Center facilities, including the outdoor picnic pavilion, indoor gym, and kitchen, may be rented for private functions such as business conferences, receptions, parties, and recitals.

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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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New Leaf City Park

(517) 788-4040
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1930 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203

New Leaf City Park This park is a parking area to access the Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail take the trail northeast into the city ending at the King Center... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • New Leaf City Park

This park is a parking area to access the Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail take the trail northeast into the city ending at the King Center or go southwest where the trail eventually becomes the Falling Water Trail. 

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Nixon Water Park and Skate Park

(517) 788-4068
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400 E. North St.
Jackson, MI 49202

Nixon Water Park and Skate Park This park contains a waterpark, featuring a zero-depth pool and water slides, a skateboard park and full-size inline hockey rink as well as four softball fields, playground equipment and a... » More Information

Hours

Nixon Water Park Summer Schedule

Pool open June 20 through August 20

Monday thru Thursday 
11:00am - 2:00pm - $4 per person 
2:15pm - 5:15pm - $4 per person 
5:30pm - 7:00pm - $2 per person 

Friday and Saturday 
11:00am - 2:00pm - $4 per person 
2:15pm - 5:15pm - $4 per person

Skate Park Summer Schedule

June 20 to August 20

Monday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Swimming Pool
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park

This park contains a waterpark, featuring a zero-depth pool and water slides, a skateboard park and full-size inline hockey rink as well as four softball fields, playground equipment and a picnic shelter.

Birthday Party Room Rental 2016

June 20 thru August 20

$30 Rental Fee

Rent the Party Room at Nixon Water Park for 3 hours for your next birthday! You must have a minimum of 8 and maximum of 20 people. You are welcome to bring in your own food, drink, cake and ice cream.

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Norm Creger City Park

(517) 788-4040
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700 S. Pleasant St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Norm Creger City Park On the corner of Pleasant and Pringle Street, this neighborhood park features green space with playground equipment.

Park Features
  • Playground Equipment
  • Norm Creger City Park

On the corner of Pleasant and Pringle Street, this neighborhood park features green space with playground equipment.

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Optimist Club City Park

(517) 788-4040
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933 N. West Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202

Near Jackson Crossing Shopping Center, this park features a softball field, a basketball court, and playground equipment. To get to the parking lot go east on North Street, North on... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields

Near Jackson Crossing Shopping Center, this park features a softball field, a basketball court, and playground equipment. To get to the parking lot go east on North Street, North on Lansing Ave, veer left on Clinton Road, the parking lot is off of Clinton Road. 

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Paw Playground Dog Park

(517) 787-7387
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1515 Carmen Dr.
Jackson, MI 49202

The place for dogs in Jackson County! Cascades Humane Society’s Paw Playground is Jackson’s only off-leash dog park. The park is open from dawn to... » More Information

Hours

Dawn to Dusk

Park Features
  • Benches

The place for dogs in Jackson County! Cascades Humane Society’s Paw Playground is Jackson’s only off-leash dog park. The park is open from dawn to dusk and it is FREE, but please sign up to be a member. The Paw Playground is right across from Cascades Humane Society.

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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
  • 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). Hankerd Hills, an 18-hole golf course is nearby within 1/2 mile. Pets in the campground on leash only! Weekly and monthly rates.

Drug & Concealed Weapons Free Park

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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
  • 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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Quiet World Sports

(517) 879-8981
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Vandercook Lake County Park
1000 Parkway
Jackson, MI 49203

Quiet World Sports Are you having your share of fun? In our increasingly complex world the answer is typically “of course not!” It’s getting more and more difficult to... » More Information

Hours

Starting Mid April, Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Memorial Day to Labor Day 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Seven days a week

After Labor Day, Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Pending weather conditions, please call ahead.

  • Quiet World Sports

Are you having your share of fun? In our increasingly complex world the answer is typically “of course not!” It’s getting more and more difficult to unplug-unwind and fall back into natural rhythms to rejuvenate ourselves. That is why we paddle kayaks. Once we’ve left the launch site, within a few short minutes, we’ve reconnected back through time to a world of utter simplicity. There’s just us, our kayaks and paddles, and the always-changing waters. And before we know it, we’re getting our gentle, relaxing exercise while adding precious FUN back into our lives.

We paddle the Grand River, Vandercook Lake, Browns Lake, Williams Lake & Cove Lake. We offer rentals at Vandercook Lake and lessons and tours at all locations. We offer Sit-In, Tandem and Sit-On-Top Kayaks as well as Stand-up Paddleboards. 

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Rotary Club City Park

(517) 788-4040
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1413 Deyo St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Located on Deyo Street between Summit and Elm Avenue, this park features playground equipment, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a ballfield.

Park Features
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Tennis Courts

Located on Deyo Street between Summit and Elm Avenue, this park features playground equipment, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a ballfield.

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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
  • Picnic Shelter
  • 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. Cascades Park & Cascade Falls The best-known attraction of this 457-acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment... » More Information

Hours

2016 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 28 - September 5
  • September 10 & 11
  • September 17 & 18

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.
Cascades Park &
Cascade Falls

The best-known attraction of this 457-acre park is The Cascades, 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 most 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, Cascades Short Course and driving range.  Other features of this park, operated by the Jackson County Parks Department,  include an 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 weekly summer Family Fun Nights, and spectacular fireworks shows every year. Don't forget to stop by the Cascades Ice Cream Co, featuring "Frozen Dome Malts", open March through September.

Click here to download and print the 2016 Fireworks and Family Fun Night schedule of events. 

Click here to download and print the 2016 Cascades Rotary Community Bandshell Summer Concert Series schedule of events. 

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. The area includes a fishing pier, walking path, informative signs and a large picnic gazebo.

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Parks Department at 517-788-4320 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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Swain’s Lake County Park & Campground

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

Swain’s Lake County Park & Campground 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
  • Swain’s Lake County Park & Campground

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, sandbox, horseshoe 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 the 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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Under the Oaks City Park

(517) 788-4040
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418 Second St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Under the Oaks City Park Photo Courtesy of Dale Fisher. This is a historical site honoring the birthplace of the Republican Party. On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson,... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Under the Oaks City Park

Photo Courtesy of Dale Fisher.

This is a historical site honoring the birthplace of the Republican Party. On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson, Michigan,  to found a new political party. Since the convention day was hot and the huge crowd could not be accommodated in the hall, the meeting adjourned to an oak grove on "Morgan's Forty" on the outskirts of the town forever known as "Under the Oaks". The park includes a plaque to commemorate the event and benches for resting under the oak trees.

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Vandercook Lake County Park

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

Vandercook Lake County Park Also known as Townsend F. Beaman Park, this 17-acre park includes a swimming area, 3 ball diamonds, a boat launch, playground area, fishing area, grills, 2 picnic shelters, modern restrooms and Quiet... » More Information

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

Also known as Townsend F. Beaman Park, this 17-acre park includes a swimming area, 3 ball diamonds, a boat launch, playground area, fishing area, grills, 2 picnic shelters, modern restrooms and Quiet World Sports kayak rental. 

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Vineyard Lake County Park

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

Vineyard Lake County Park 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
  • Vineyard Lake County Park

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

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Walker Tavern

517-467-4401 or 517-241-0731
Website
13220 M-50
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Walker Tavern In the mid 19th century, a stagecoach ride from Detroit to Chicago was a grueling five-day trip. Today, Sylvester Walker's stagecoach stop along that historic route offers stories of... » More Information

Hours

Open seasonally, May through October.

  • Walker Tavern

In the mid 19th century, a stagecoach ride from Detroit to Chicago was a grueling five-day trip. Today, Sylvester Walker's stagecoach stop along that historic route offers stories of Michigan's agricultural and travel heritage. Walker Tavern's exhibits focus on life in Michigan in the first half of the 19th century, the frontier and stagecoach era. The tavern includes an 1840s parlor, bar room, dining room and kitchen. The barn at Walker Tavern is a reproduction New England barn that houses exhibits about barns, travel and the historic roads around Walker Tavern. 

Don't Miss Summer Sunday Farmers Markets, The Walker Wheels Vintage Baseball Games, Picnic on the Lawn Concert Series and other great events. Walker Tavern is the home field for the Walker Wheels, a vintage "baseball" team that plays by 1860s rules – no gloves and gentlemanly conduct on the field. Follow the Walker Wheels on Facebook.

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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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Withington City Park

(517) 788-4040
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410 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Withington City Park The park features the sculpture Defense of the Flag or Jackson County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, an original Lorado Taft sculpture made of bronze and granite, surrounded by a beautiful... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Withington City Park
  • Withington City Park
  • Withington City Park

The park features the sculpture Defense of the Flag or Jackson County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, an original Lorado Taft sculpture made of bronze and granite, surrounded by a beautiful flower garden and benches to rest from downtown shopping to enjoy it.

The memorial to the 3,282 men of the First and Seventeenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiments was erected by their commander, Gen. William H. Withington. Jackson holds the honor of mustering the first volunteer regiment of Civil War soldiers in the state, although it is not the first Civil War Memorial, it is one of the finest. It is unique in the fact that rather than organize a public fundraising drive as most did, Withington funded the memorial out of his own pocket.

Although the monument bears a date of May 30, 1903, production problems delayed its dedication until June 14, 1904, by which time General Withington had died. Lorado Taft was a famous sculptor of the day and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Postcard Photo Courtesy of the Jackson District Library Archives. 

Modern Photo Courtesy of Dale Fisher Galleries.

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