The Southfield Lifestyle is the premier community resource guide for Southfield and Lathrup Village Michigan. Based on information content, not articles, Lifestyle provides all the information you need to navigate the Greater Southfield area. It's easy to use format also lends itself to being the locally focused visitors guide and relocation guide for Greater Southfield.
Parks Greater Southfield sits in the middle of an environmental and conservation paradise. Not only has the community been forward thinking in setting aside parkland for its residents to enjoy, it also has access to thousands of acres of County, Regional and State parkland. Take time to check out these options for a day adventure or maybe a weekend getaway. It doesn’t matter – Summer or Winter – these parks offer year round recreation and activities. Take advantage! Huron-Clinton Metroparks The Huron-Clinton Metroparks, one of the nation’s largest regional park systems, offer more than 25,000 acres of pristine parklands in 13 Metroparks located across Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston and Washtenaw counties). Head to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks for year-round outdoor recreation. The Metroparks host 9 million visitors each year! Call (810) 227-2757 or visit online at www.metroparks.com. Wolcott Mill Metropark (2,625 acres) in Ray Township west of New Haven. Historic grist mill and Farm Learning Center; tours available. 18-hole regulation golf course. 10 miles of equestrian trails. Open daily. (586) 752-5932 (farm). Lake St. Clair Metropark (770 acres) In Harrison Township. Large sandy beach along Lake St. Clair for swimming and sunning. “Squirt Zone” spray park, swimming pool, boardwalk, paved hike/bike trail, boat ramps and marinas along the Black Creek. Par 3 18-hole and Adventure golf courses, exercise “fit-trail,” picnic areas, open-air dance pavilion, tot lot, and nature study area. Naturalist-guided nature hikes. Ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (586) 463-4581 Stony Creek Metropark (4,461 acres) in W. Shelby Township. Scenic, hilly countryside surrounds 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, perfect for swimmers, anglers and boaters. Two beaches, boat rentals, paved bike-hike trail, exercise “fit-trail,” 18-hole regulation golf course, 24-hole disc golf course, picnic-playground areas, nature center and nature trails, winter sports including tobogganing, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating and cross-country skiing. (586) 781-4242 Indian Springs Metropark (2,547 acres) in White Lake. Hilly terrain and swamp land at headwaters of the Huron River, with an Environmental Discovery Center, a large nature center and labeled nature trails, paved bike-hike trail and picnic areas. Naturalist guided nature hikes, underwater pond viewing room, special events and workshops, 18-hole regulation golf course, Spray-n-Play and tot lot. (248) 625-6640 Kensington Metropark (4,486 acres) near Milford. Wooded, hilly terrain surrounds the 1,200-acre Kent Lake ideal for fishing, boating and swimming. Paved bike-hike trail, picnic-playground areas, beaches, boat rentals, 18-hole regulation golf course, 27-hole disc golf course, Splash-n-Blast, nature center and trails. Visit the Kensington Farm Center and pet the animals. Enjoy a ride aboard the Island Queen II, a 46-passenger pontoon boat. And enjoy a full range of winter sports. (810) 227-8910 Huron Meadows Metropark (1,576 acres) south of Brighton. Paddle boats and rowboats, picnic areas, children’s playground, fishing pier on Maltby Lake. 18-hole regulation golf course, driving range. Cross-country ski trails and equipment rentals in the winter. Boat rental. (734) 426-8211 Hudson Mills Metropark (1,549 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Along the Huron River with scenic wooded areas, paved bike-hike and nature trails, picnic-playground areas, 18-hole regulation golf course, shore fishing, canoeing and scenic lagoon. Facilities include tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball courts plus a softball diamond near the Outdoor Activity Building. Cross-country skiing with rentals in winter. Two 24-hole disc golf courses. (734) 426-8211 Dexter-Huron Metropark (122 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Picnic-playground park along the Huron River, canoe launch, fishing, play equipment and softball diamond. (734) 426-8211 Delhi Metropark (81 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Colorful Delhi rapids, picnicplayground park along the Huron River with tables, play equipment and softball diamond, children’s playground and adventure ship. (734) 426-8211 Lower Huron Metropark (1,258 acres) near Belleville. Scenic park along the Huron River with a parkway, picnic areas, playfields, fishing, Par 3 18-hole golf course, playscape for tots, tennis courts, softball diamonds, nature trails, swimming pool and water slide, food service and bathhouse. Colorful redbud in the spring. Plus beautiful fall colors. Bike-hike trail. (734) 697-9181 Willow Metropark (1,651 acres) near New Boston. Beautifully landscaped grounds surround the central plaza area, with swimming pool, bathhouse, food service, basketball, shuffleboard, softball, skate park, large tot lot, 18-hole regulation golf course, outdoor dance center, paved bike-hike trails. Boat rentals and fishing on Washago Pond. Sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (734) 697-9181 Oakwoods Metropark (1,756 acres) in New Boston. Primarily a nature oriented site with nature center, exhibits and live displays. Labeled nature trails for self-guided hikes and voyageur canoe trips to observe the wonders of nature. Horseback riding trail, paved bike-hike trail. Bring your own canoe/kayak. (734) 782-3956 Lake Erie Metropark (1,607 acres) near Brownstown Township near Gibraltar. Three miles of shoreline along Lake Erie provide a panoramic view. Shorefishing, wave-action swimming pool, bathhouse, food service building, picnic areas, shelter, children’s play area and marina. Cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter. 18- hole regulation golf course. Marshland Museum and Nature Center, nature trails. Three-mile paved hike/bike trail. (734) 379-5020 Genesee County Parks Buell Lake County Park, 14098 Genesee Road, Clio. 213 acres includes baseball diamonds, fishing site, snowmobile area and radio controlled model airplane field. Davison Roadside County Park, Davison and Belsay Roads, Burton. Offerspicnic area and sledding hill on four acres. Everett Cummings (Equestrian) Center at 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd. in Morris Flushing County Park, 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing. Covering 105 acres with ball diamonds, tennis courts, cross-country skiing, playground and pavilions. Genesee Recreation Area is 4,540 acres including 600 acre Mott Lake and Richfield County Park (345 acres) offering baseball diamonds, BMX motor track, canoeing on the Flint River, tennis courts, cross-country trails, snowmobiling and picnic areas. Bluegill Boat Launch, Bluebell Beach, Splash Pad Playground and Goldenrod Disc Golf Course are also within the recreation area. Holloway Reservoir Regional Park in Linden includes the 1,975 acre reservoir in its 5,500 total acres. The Elba Equestrian Area is located here along with Walleye Pike Boat Launch, fishing sites, toboggan hill and snowmobile areas. Linden County Park, 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden. 135 acres with ball diamonds, tennis courts, a beach on Byram Lake, sledding hill, pavilions and picnic areas. Stepping Stone Falls and Picnic Area, 5161 Branch Rd., Flint. Waterfalls, picnictables and access to Flint River bike path. For information, call Genesee County Parks at 800-648-7275 or visit online at www.geneseecountyparks.org 24 Lifestyle ~ 2018
Oakland County Parks 13 parks and 5 golf courses. The parks offer year-round recreation, including swimming, camping, hiking, boating, golfing and picnicking to cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. For information call 88-OCPARKS or visit www.oakgov.com. Independence Oaks, on Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. A naturally-maintained, 1,276 acre park with picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating (Crooked Lake) youth group camping, nature study, 12 miles of nature and ski trails with two paved trails. Also includes Wint Nature Center with educational programming. Red Oaks, Madison Heights. The waterpark is located on 13 Mile Road and offers: Soak Station, a children’s water playground; River Ride a 1,000 foot raft ride with sprays; Spray ‘n Play, a toddler water play area; Terrific Tides wave-action pool; and Triple Turn, a giant triple flume waterslide. The golf course is located on John R and is a completely redesigned Jerry Matthews course with three sets of tees; bunkers, berms and larger greens; and a 2,700 square-foot clubhouse. Orion Oaks, Clarkston Road, Orion Township. Nature preserve of more than 916 acres of green space. Amenities include fishing on 90-acre Lake Sixteen, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking. Wheelchair-accessible fishing deck is also available. A 13-acre off-leash Bark Park offers swimming access. Rose Oaks, Fish Lake Road, Rose Township. The parks has 640 acres of gently rolling terrain with open meadows, wooded uplands and valuable wetlands. Hiking, bird watching and fishing are available. ZIPLINE Oakland County Parks has a zipline that move from park to park and it’s available for rent! Log on to www.OaklandCountyParks.com to check out its current locationand rental information. Groveland Oaks, Dixie Highway at Grange Hall Road, Holly. This park offers camping with 269 modern campsites with electrical/water hookups, plus 194 additional sites with electrical hookups and water nearby. There are also six rental log cabins with electricity available onsite. A sandy beach and waterslide are found on Stewart Lake with rowboat, paddleboat and specialty bike rentals. Picnicking and three islands available for group outings. Addison Oaks, West Romeo Road, near Oxford. This scenic 1,140 acre park offers, swimming, picnicking, 24 hole Disc Golf, row, pedal boat and mountain bike rentals and over 20 miles of trails. There is also a 174 site campground and rental cabins. An elegant conference center is available to rent for weddings and banquets. Lyon Oaks, Pontiac Trail, Wixom. This park has a day-use area with hiking trails, picnic area with shelter, playground and a 13-acre, fenced, off-leash Bark Park. Lyon Oaks Nature Center offers interpretive programs. The adjacent 18-hole, Arthur Hills-designed golf course offers bent grass greens, tees and fairways, plus a stateof-the-art practice facility and driving range. The golf course’s picturesque clubhouse accommodates up to 450. Waterford Oaks, Watkins Lake in Waterford. Enjoy active recreation at this 185-acre park near Pontiac with a BMX track, court games complex and paved walking and nature trails. This park is also home to Oakland County’s waterpark offering The Wave, a 475,000 gallon wave-action swimming pool; Ragin’ Rapids group raft ride; the Big Bucket water playscape; and the Slidewinder, a giant double waterslide. Springfield Oaks, Andersonville Road near Hall Road, Davisburg. A large activity center and surrounding grounds hosts the annual Oakland County Fair. The 18-hole, par 71 golf course also has a clubhouse, pro shop, cart rental, bar and grill room. Home to a 5-acre community garden, 2 outdoor arenas and an indoor arena in the grand 14,000 historic Ellis Barn, built in 1885. Highland Oaks (new to the park system), is located at the intersection of Milford Road and White Lake Road. Offers 302 acres of wetlands, forests and meadows. Archery deer hunting is allowed October 1 - January 1. DNR rules apply. Catalpa Oaks, on Catalpa Dr. in Southfield. Offers 25 acres of open space featuring six soccer fields, a baseball diamond and softball field. Glen Oaks Golf Course, 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. An 18-hole, par 70 course with facilities for weddings/receptions, banquets and golf outings. White Lake Oaks Golf Course, Williams Lake Road, White Lake Township. This 18-hole, par 70 course has banquet facilities for up to 300. Greater Southfield Area www.gsalifestyle.com 25