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Description - Ortonville Recreation Area development began in 1945. By the end of 1948 over 3,700 acres had been secured for the purpose of public recreational use. Additional land acquisitions has increased the area to it's present size.

The original park, Bloomer #3 State Park, was donated by Howard Bloomer in December 1922. Although Bloomer State Park is deemed a game sanctuary, much of the rest of Ortonville Recreation Area is open to public hunting.

Attractions - Fishing is allowed throughout the recreation area, with access sites located on Algoe, Davison, Round and Tody Lakes. Fishing on Algoe Lake is catch-and-release only. A boat launch is located on Big Fish Lake. Power boating on Big Fish Lake is allowed only between 11 AM and 7:30 PM. The boat launch capacity is limited to 20 vehicles with trailers. The Big Fish Lake day use area has a beach for swimming, picnic tables and grills, reservable picnic shelters, playground equipment, boat launch, volleyball court, and horseshoe pits.

The equestrian campground is located at a trailhead, on Fox Lake Road. This trail explores 6.5 miles of parkland. Vault toilets and a hand pump for water is available.

One 20-person rustic cabin is located at the Bloomer #3 unit located on State Park Road. The Pines Cabin is a single room cabin with triple-high bunks. It sleeps 20 people. It does not have electricity and is accessible only by foot. The cross-country ski trails and mountain bike trails connect to Pines Cabin, which has a two-night minimum. Call the park office for details and reservations.

The Bloomer #3 unit cross-country ski trail is 1.5 miles in length and the mountain bike trail extends 2.75 miles.

Most areas except Bloomer #3 and the Shooting Range are open to hunting. Consult the recreation area map for closed areas.

Recreation - Ortonville Recreation Area affords opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast: swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, picnicking and equestrian camping.

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 north of Pontiac, take M-15 north from the Interstate 75 exit 91. Go 10 miles to Oakwood Road. Turn east onto Oakwood and proceed 3.5 miles to Hadley Road. Turn north onto Hadley Road, go approximately 1.25 miles to Big Fish Lake and another 0.25 mile to the park headquarters.

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Report: This park has to one of Oakland Counties best kept secrets. Hiking, biking and horseback riding in this park is unbeatable. The trails are a little rough in some places and can be quite muddy at times but it adds to the experience! This is a great place to come and get lost for a while. There is a small rustic campground at Algoe Lake, too. Some campsites have a lake view and most are spacious, private and shady. The best part about camping here is that you are close to the shooting range, excellent mountain biking and hiking, hunting and the dark-sky is good for star-gazing. A nice, quiet place to relax and enjoy the beautiful Michigan summer.

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Contact Information:
Ortonville Recreation Area, 5779 Hadley Road, Rt. 2 , Ortonville, MI, 48462, Phone: 248-627-3828, 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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