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Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area encircles the placid Lake Minnewanna.
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Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area encircles the placid Lake Minnewanna.
Description - Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area is located in Lapeer County consisting of 723 acres with 80-acre Lake Minnewanna in the center. Gently rolling hills encircle the placid lake providing outdoor enthusiasts with a variety park experiences from hiking, lake swimming, paddling, and fishing. The park is in close proximity Seven Ponds Nature Center, Crossroads Village, Frankenmuth, and Silver Saddle Riding Stables.

Attractions - There are 214 campsites along Lake Minnewanna. The campground offers modern restroom facilities, hot showers, and flush toilets. Each site features electricity, firepits, and picnic tables. A camp store is located at the entrance of the campground. The day use area consists of a marked swimming beach, concession, boat and paddleboat rentals, picnic shelter, and a universally accessible fishing pier.

The day use area consists of a marked swimming area, concession, parking lot with 400 parking spaces, boat and paddleboat rentals, and a picnic shelter.

Lake Minnewanna provides recreation for boaters and fishermen. There is a boat launch on the lake and for those without a boat, boats and canoes can be rented at the concession between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There are three fishing piers located on the lake.

Over two-thirds of the park is available for hunting. The park offers the hunter a chance at taking both small and big game. Maps showing areas open to hunting should be obtained at the park headquarters. State regulations apply.

The hiker will find over 6 miles of marked hiking trails that meander through the woods and fields of the park.

Winter activities can include hiking, semi-modern camping, ice fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (if there is 4" of snow).

Recreation - Visitors enjoy camping, swimming, picnicking, hunting, fishing, hiking, paddling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.

Metamora-Hadley - Modern - (800) 447-2757, 214 site(s), $23/$16

Metamora-Hadley-Nature Trails - 6 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

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 - The recreation area is located 2.5 miles west of Metamore on Minnewanna Lake.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Sheldon Karnes (Jeffersonville, IN)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I've been to the Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area twice, in August of 2007 and August of 2004. The first time I went the fishing was great. I didn’t catch any really large bass, but the quantity made of for the quality. I took my kayak under a footbridge and was able to enter a really nice and quiet cove. I spent more than an hour back there enjoying the view and gliding past fish in the milfoil. It was like a little nursery for the fish back there. The only problem I had was with some noisy drunks close to our campsite. When I went back in 2007, things had changed. The people camping were really loud all day. People brought their large dogs and they would bark all day. I will say that when 11 pm came and it was quiet time, things did actually get quiet. The fishing wasn’t as good. The milfoil has really spread and I ended up catching all my fish on one topwater lure. The footbridge at the back of the lake has collapsed or was torn down. People have thrown large branches in the water where the bridge was so they could cross and continue on the trail back there. The problems with that are you can’t get back to the cove unless you drag the kayak around the obstruction and the water looks like it is stagnating back there because most of the water flow is blocked. This will probably be the last time I go back there unless I give them a call and they have done something to control the weeds and have fixed the footbridge. Hope this helps.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: My family decided to visit the camp grounds, drive through and come back to camp a week and 1/2 in late June. When we got to Metamora Hadley the park ranger rudely stated no to a visit. State permit or not. I will not be back.

Filed By: Dave Strobbe (star city, ar)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Spent the better part of my childhood summers here. Wonderful times swimming and fishing. The walk around the lake is magnificent!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

More Information

Contact Information:
Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area, 3871 Hurd Road , Metamora, MI, 48455, Phone: 810-797-4439, 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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