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A refreshing summer dip is enjoyed in the heart of the Irish Hills -- W. J. Hayes State Park.
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A refreshing summer dip is enjoyed in the heart of the Irish Hills -- W. J. Hayes State Park.
Description - W.J. Hayes State Park is one of the system's oldest state parks. Dedicated in 1920, the park got its original name, Cedar Hill State Park, when it reminded early Irish settlers of their homeland. The park has gone through many changes since the 1920s, but the major constant has been the attraction of Michigan's visitors to the recreational waters of Wamplers Lake. In addition, the park's close proximity to Cambridge State Park, Walker Tavern Historic Complex, Onsted State Game and Wildlife Management Areas, Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan International Speedway, and innumerable antique and crafts events has made the entire area a favorite tourist destination.

Attractions - Hayes State Park has a modern campground located at Round Lake. Each campsite has an asphalt pad, electricity, and a fire ring. The campground is very suitable for all campers, especially RV campers. There are two mini-cabins located in the campground each designed to sleep four people on two sets of bunk beds. Mini-cabins are equipped with table and four chairs, picnic table, fire ring and grill outdoors.

The day use area features a boat launch, concession stand with canoe, rowboat, and tube rentals, a picnic shelter, horseshoe pits and swimming area with changing house.

Wamplers Lake is known as a prime fishing and boating lake. Other park lakes offer access as well. Anglers can expect to snag bluegill, sunfish, crappie, northern pike, muskie, as well as smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Ice fishing is the primary activity in the park during the winter months. Cross-country skiing is possible, but conditions usually make it difficult to blaze good trails.

Recreation - Visitors to the park find 210 campsites, mini-cabins, swimming, fishing, cone rentals, picnic shelters, hiking, hunting opportunities and boating recreations. In winter, ice fishermen and cross-country skiers descend on the park.

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 park is located nine miles west of Clinton off US-12. From US-12, head north on M-124 to reach the park entrance.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My retired friends and Brothers can't afford to spend $40 to 60 dollars for a couple nights camping then the hours are in at 1pm and out by 11am. Camped 3 nights in 3 years. Started camping there at age 11. Love the park, been there since 1952. Now live 3 miles away, one of my life's goals to move here. Old campground less congested and more senic and at 1/10 the cost. This is a rare and beautiful park with Round Lake within boundries but mostly going to waste. You are lucky to have Manager Tim Bauer, a really good man with lots of experence. The park seams more organized for the Rangers not the camper. So we give give up our life-long hobby, camping fees too expensive. Thank You one and all for your endless ethuesiasm and dedication. Keep overlooking the sometime unappreciated few. Again, Thank You and God Bless, Disapointed ex-camper

Filed By: jeffery wordlaw (battle creek, michigan)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I live in Battle Creek and there is excelent bass and pike fishing on the kalamazoo river at riverside drive between burnam tnd gogwack roads. Come and check us out. I will be looking for you. 5/10/08

Filed By: Peggy J. (Temperance, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Highly recomended in the fall!! This park is one of our favorites. The restrooms were very tidy and well maintained. Staff was wonderful. There are "tons" of deer everwhere you look and they are not shy. I have had roomier sites at other parks, but I have never had one problem to speak of where I thought anyone was crowding us out. The Irish Hills area is packed full of fall festivals and haunted places for all ages. Happy Camping!

Filed By: Julie (Toledo, Oh)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The park facilities were nice, nice restroom/showers and well maintained. Camp sites were small and close together. If your not a NASCAR fan you might want to check the race schedule at MIS or you will be camping with a lot of race fans if there is a race in town. The beach was poor, a lot of picnic tables but a lot of bird droppings everywhere, broken glass on beach but the water was clean. Plenty of wildlife, great fishing for the kids, frogs, toads, snakes and salamanders were easily found. We saw deer and what looked like bear scat too.

Filed By: Tammy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: If you like a little privacy while camping, this is not the place for you. Sites packed very close together with no privacy at all. Fire pit was literally ten feet from next camper.

Filed By: Lora J Coats (Taylor, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I practically grew up at WJ Hayes State Park. We went their every summer when I was a kid and now I take my daughter there as often as I can. All the ranger are friendly, people are friendly and the kids can always find someone to play with. There are all sorts of things to do in the "city" Mystery Hill, Stagecouch Stop, Prehistoric Forest (mostly for little kids) and different water & go cart parks. Great places to eat also if you don't want to cook at the camp. This is a place where you can't go wrong. The worst part is taking dowm camp to go home!!!

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Contact Information:
W. J. Hayes State Park, 1220 Wampler's Lake Road , Onsted, MI, 49265, Phone: 517-467-7401

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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