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Waves of mid-summer color
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Waves of mid-summer color
Description - Located half a mile off Interstate 96, this southeast Michigan recreation area rests along the shores of Huron River. The park is a mixture of open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows. Island Lake, Briggs Lake, Spring Mill Pond, Huron River and Spring Mill Creek add to the habitat diversity making this one of southeast Michigan's most favored stopovers for migratory waterfowl. Bird life is just one of the natural wonders making a splash at Island Lake Recreation Area. Each spring wildflowers burst anxiously from the forest floor, riverbeds, lake shorelines, and sun-drenched meadows. In fall, waves of vibrant reds and oranges roll across the parkland.

Attractions - Island Lake Recreation Area offers an "up north" experience without leaving southeast Michigan. Beaches, cabins, trails, fishing areas and hunting grounds are a few of the year-round attractions. The park also has an organization camp. A canoe livery provides leisurely trips down miles of the scenic Huron River, where canoe campsites are accessible only by river. Island Lake is open to hunting for all species between September 15 and March 31. Early goose season is permitted starting September 1. State hunting regulations apply. This park boasts excellent deer and rabbit hunting, while great hunting opportunities exist for woodcock, pheasant, duck, goose, and squirrel as well. The park is also open to trapping.

Recreation - Island Lake Recreation Area offers 45 campsites, cabin lodging, swimming, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, and boating.

Climate - Southeast Michigan is the warmest region in the state with summer temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (above 21 degrees C) but it is not infrequent for days to reach the high 80s. Winter temperatures are warmer as well with averages hovering just below freezing. Yearly moisture amounts range between 18 - 32 inches.

Location - Located just east of Brighton, travel Interstate 96 to exit 151 (Kensington Road) and go south a half mile to the park entrance.

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Filed By: dave harrold (commerce, mi)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The yellow and blue trails are excellent for trail running. These 6 and 10 mile unpaved routes are good training runs for events like Dances with Dirt. Minimal conflict with mountain bikers. Not congested most times and all "get along".

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Island Lake Recreation Area , 12950 E. Grand River , Brighton, MI, 48116, Phone: 810-229-7067, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Southeast Michigan - Southeast Michigan, teaming with people also teams with recreation opportunities. Glacial activity left this Great Lakes region lush with hundreds of lakes, ponds, and marshes.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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