Island Lake Recreation Area

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

After a long and busy week, reward your pup with a weekend getaway to Island Lake Recreation Area.  This massive park spreads across 4,000 acres of meadows, hardwood forests, and open brush land. Your furry friend will love the opportunity to reconnect with Mother Nature and enjoy some outdoor fun.

Canine visitors will be happy to know that the park has nearly 20 miles of trails. Don’t be surprised if your pup wants to hit the trails as soon as they arrive. The Yellow Loop circles through the east side of the park. As it meanders around Huron River, this trail leads you through shady woodlands and open fields. You’ll also cross Mann Creek. All in all it’s over five miles long, so your pup will get a healthy dose of exercise. 

The Blue Loop travels through the western portion of the park. At nine miles, it’s considerably longer than the Yellow Loop. If you opt for this trail, your pooch will see woodlands, meadows, and wetlands. Keep an eye open for the wild critters that call this place home. Don’t forget to carry more than enough water for you and your four legged hiking partner. 

Since the park contains four lakes and has access to Huron River, you can imagine it’s a pupular spot for water sports. On any given day, you’ll see visitors fishing, boating, swimming, or paddling. But that’s not all. Island Lake also features campgrounds, picnic areas, trails for biking, metal detecting, and hunting. And, it’s the only Michigan state park that has a hot air balloon launch. This place has everything!

A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park. Residents can purchase one for $11.00 with their annual license plate renewal. If you’re from out of state, the day use fee is $9.00. A small price to pay to have a puptastic time with your pooch!

Address
6301 Kensington Rd
Brighton, MI 48116
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
6301 Kensington Rd
Brighton, MI 48116
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM