Huron-Clinton Metroparks. (734) 426-8211. Nearby metroparks include Delhi (3902 E. Delhi), a handy spot to launch a canoe; Dexter-Huron (6535 Huron River Dr.), a wooded 123-acre area; and Hudson Mills (8801 North Territorial), with 1,549 acres including golf, disc golf, and trails for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Metropark vehicle entrance fees: $5/day, $25/year ($15/year for age 62 & over). metroparks.com S
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Webster Township, Whitmore Lake. (734) 449-4437. Swimming, boating, disc golf, picnicking and playgrounds, fishing, hiking, biking, rollerblading, and sand volleyball. Launch site for canoes, kayaks, and motorized boats with ten or less horsepower (paddleboats and rowboats available for rent). The new Blue Heron Bay spray play facility includes water play structures, geysers, jets, and slides. Blue Heron Bay admission: $4/Washtenaw County residents ($5/nonresidents); after 5 p.m., $3/residents ($4/nonresidents). Vehicle entrance fee: $5/day ($2.50 for age 65 & over), $25/year.
Pinckney Recreation Area, 8555 Silver Hill. (734) 426-4913. Campground reservations: (800) 447-2757. This 11,000-acre park north of Chelsea has many lakes for swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing; modern and rustic campgrounds; and trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and birding. Hunting in season, snowmobiles permitted on a 4-inch base in designated areas. Recreation Passport required: state residents $11/year ($5 for motorcycles); nonresidents $8.40/day, $30.50/year. mich.gov/dnr
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek. (734) 484-9676. This 363-acre county park has fields, woodlots, wetlands, a pond, a restored prairie with opportunities for bird and wildlife observation, and paved and soft trails for walking, biking, and in-line skating. Fishing, disc golf, a sledding hill, and cross-country skiing. Vehicle entrance fees: county residents $5/day ($2.50 for age 62 & over), $25/year; nonresidents $9/day ($5 for age 62 & over), $45/year. Also includes the Rolling Hills Family Water Park (see listing in Swimming under Individual Sports). parks.ewashtenaw.org S
Waterloo Recreation Area, 16345 McClure. (734) 475-8307. Campground reservations: (800) 447-2757. This sprawling 20,500-acre area is great for birding, boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, and camping. The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center (475-3170) on Bush Rd. has hands-on exhibits, natural history programs, park information, and displays of local ecology, wildlife, and Michigan rocks and minerals. Recreation Passport required: state residents $11/year ($5 for motorcycles); nonresidents $8.40/day, $30.50/year. mich.gov/dnr