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Pontiac Lake Recreation Area is a mixture of habitats where wildlife thrives.
Copyright: - Michigan State Parks & Forests
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area is a mixture of habitats where wildlife thrives.
Description - Pontiac Lake Recreation Area is a mixture of marshes, ponds, heavy forests, old farm fields, river bottom and lakes. The mixed habitat supports a wide variety of animals including rabbits, squirrel, woodland grouse, woodcock, ducks, geese, raccoon, white-tailed deer and numerous bird species.

The park is located near the urban areas of southeast Michigan and is easily accessible by the major highways: I-75, I-96, US-24 and M-59. A range of outdoor recreations satisfy many tastes, ages, and abilities.

The park is located near the urban areas of southeast Michigan and is easily accessible by the major highways: I- 75, I-96, US-24 and M-59. The Pontiac Silver Dome is only 15 minutes away. Detroit's convention and cultural centers, Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, are only 45 minutes from the park. Some of the state and county institutes of learning are easily accessed from Pontiac Lake Recreation Area: University of Detroit, Oakland University, Colombiere Center, Oakland Community College, and Wayne State University.

Attractions - The park contains three campgrounds. The modern campground features 176 campsites, picnic tables, electric hookup and modern bathhouses. The campground is open from May 1 to November 1. Facilities at the equestrian staging area and campground are limited to vault toilets and a hand pump well for water. The organization campground is a rustic campground without modern facilities. It is available for youth group use.

Day use facilities located on Pontiac Lake provide park visitors with a ball field, nearly a mile of beach, concession stand, boat launch, changing house, picnic area, and picnic shelters. Picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis or they can be reserved. Hay rides, sunset rides and pony rides are also available.

Miles of designated hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails (including horse rental) are offered. The 11-mile mountain bike trail has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Trails in the United States. A 1.9-mile hiking trail runs from the campground to the beach area. Horse trails extend over 17 miles.

For anglers, Pontiac Lake offers excellent fishing for bass, pike and pan fish. Boats are available at private liveries along the lake. Boaters enjoy the lake for cruising, water-skiing and tubing.

The mixed habitat supports a wide variety of game animals. Hunters harvest rabbit, squirrel, woodland grouse, woodcock, ducks, geese, raccoon and white-tailed deer. Bird watchers find the same woods, fields, and bodies of water excellent for birding.

The park is open for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, although there are no established trails or areas for these activities. Snowmobiling within the park is allowed when there are 4" of snow or more.

A supervised rifle range with a 25/50/100 yard rifle, pistol and blackpowder range is available for use by park visitors. There is also a shotgun range and an archery range.

The park is located near the urban areas of southeast Michigan and is easily accessible by the major highways: I-75, I-96, US-24 and M-59. The Pontiac Silver Dome is only 15 minutes away. Detroit's convention and cultural centers, Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, are only 45 minutes from the park. Some of the state and county institutes of learning are easily accessed from Pontiac Lake Recreation Area including University of Detroit, Oakland University, Colombiere Center, Oakland Community College, and Wayne State University.

Recreation - The park offers camping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, target practice, boating, horseback riding, swimming, and a variety of winter sports.

Camping
Pontiac Lake - Modern - (800) 447-2757, 176 site(s), $16
Pontiac- Equestrian - (248) 666-1020, 24 site(s), $17

Trails
Pontiac Lake-Equestrian - 17 (Miles), Bridle
Pontiac Lake-Mountain Bike Trail - 11 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, 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 - Located in the metropolitan area of Pontiac, take M-59. Drive north on Williams Lake Road and west on Gale Road. Follow signs to the various park facilities.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went to this park on memorial day and it was a nice change from lots of them that I have been to in the past! Yes the play area's for children leave a little to be desired but the beach was clean and the only down fall about the whole trip was that the sand was so HOT that you could hardly walk across it and I will be bringing aqua shoes with me next time! We are heading there this weekend because we liked the atmosphere there was a diverce culture and that meant a lot to us! The main roads leading to the park was not a bother and feel that it actually makes things nicer because it's a little piece of heaven in the middle of chaos!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: DNR is it's own little police force of it's own little nation. Feels like a concentration camp.

Filed By: Jennifer
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Having grown up in Clarkston I've visited this park hundreds of times and will always look forward to the next time! In the winter hunting, sledding and skiing are lot's of fun. And in the summer, a campout is always in order. I've hardly missed a year at this campground and I've stayed at quite a few of the different sites. Some of the sites are small and shadeless but some of the sites are quite large, shady and very private. And this park has some of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the state...lot's of fun for biking, hiking or horseback riding. The playgrounds aren't very impressive though. Sorry kids.

Filed By: Ashley (Clarkston, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great if you're into mountain biking. The trail is very tough, but also very rewarding. Very nice park to go to just to mellow out and get away from everything.

Filed By: Amanda
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went there and i just thought it was very clean and no disturbing neighbors roads were fine and it is a great place to get in with nature in the city.


More Information

Contact Information:
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, 7800 Gale Rd. , Waterford, MI, 48327, Phone: 248-666-1020, 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.

Links:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.

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