Parks and Recreation Areas
Cavanaugh Lake County Park
One-acre roadside picnic area on Cavanaugh Lake Rd., four miles west of Chelsea. Play area. Open year round dawn-dusk.
Chelsea City Parks
Pierce Park is a municipal park on S. Main with a small playground, picnic tables, and a large pavilion. Timber Town Park, on F. A. Weber Dr. off Sibley west of N. Main, has a huge, volunteer-built wooden play structure and a veterans memorial footbridge. Veterans Park, next to Letts Creek at N. Main and Sibley, has picnic tables, a small playground, 2 softball diamonds, and a play structure.
Chelsea State Game Area
Entrance on Dexter-Chelsea Rd.
(517) 522-4097 (Waterloo DNR wildlife office)
799 acres around Fourmile Lake. Shore fishing, waterfowl hunting, small-boat launch.
Esker Cedar Lake Trail
Cedar Lake public access road, off Cavanaugh Lake Rd. west of Pierce. Trailhead on north side of road.
4 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails provides panoramic views of Cedar, Doyle, and Little Cedar lakes.
Park Lyndon County Park
North Territorial Rd. 1 mile east of M-52
This 335-acre park's two miles of marked hiking trails go past marsh, lake, prairie, fen, and forest and the Embury Swamp Natural Area Preserve, the ecological gem of the county park system. Open year round dawn-dusk.
Pierce Lake County Park
1175 S. Main [map
Golf course, boardwalk, nature trail. Open Apr. 1-Nov. 1 dawn-dusk, and weekends in winter for cross-country skiing.
Pinckney State Recreation Area
8555 Silver Hill Rd. [map
(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
Along with the connecting Silver Lake and Crooked Lake trails, this 17-mile loop is hilly and picturesque for hiking and mountain biking. It's open for cross-country skiing when there is a base of at least 6 inches of snow (the trail contains exposed roots, rocks, and steps). Maps available at Pinckney State Recreation Area headquarters (see above).
Waterloo Recreation Area
16345 McClure [map
(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
This 35-mile hiking trail passes pine plantations, open meadows, marshes, kettle bogs, forests, and 14 lakes. Good for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking, it runs through the Pinckney and Waterloo recreation areas.
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