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Stony Creek Metropark

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Biking

Bicycle or inline skate at Stony Creek Metropark with a 6.1-mile paved trail circling the lake. Single speed bicycles can be rented at Eastwood Beach daily and Baypoint Beach weekends only, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Mountain bikers can ride on 14 miles of hilly, heavily wooded dirt trails that traverse the southwest side of the park. The Michigan Mountain Bike Association helps keep this area groomed. Helmets required on mountain bike trails.

Bicycle rental fees

One hour minimum charge, driver's license and $10 deposit. 10 am to 6 pm daily.

  • 26" men's/woman's single speed: $5/hour
  • Maximum deposit: $20/family

Rental available Memorial Day - Labor Day only.

Mountain Bike Skills Course

Push your limits to the max at the Mountain Bike Skills Course at Stony Creek Metropark. Test your ability on this 5-acre playground with a variety of wood and dirt obstacles that will challenge even the most skilled riders. Dare yourself with the ultimate challenge and complete 180-degree turns on several 6-foot platforms. The Metropark also boasts the area’s largest pump track. This project was built with a generous funding grant from American Cycle and Fitness, and labor was provided by Michigan Mountain Biking Association volunteers. The skills course is closed during the winter. For more information contact the Stony Creek Metropark Park Office.

Mountain Biking

Are you looking for a challenging mountain bike course close to home? If so, come to Stony Creek Metropark for some of the best mountain biking in southeast Michigan. Mountain bikers and hikers enjoy 14 miles of hilly, heavily wooded dirt trails that traverse the southwest side of the park.

The best place for parking is at the West Branch Picnic Area, parking lot B. The trail head begins just off the cul-de-sac at the end of the parking lot.

The trails have been color coded for difficulty levels.

Routes Distance Difficulty
Green 5.7 miles Easy
Blue 3.6 miles More difficult
Black 4.6 miles Most difficult

Please follow all local park rules:

  • Stay on the marked trails only.
  • Cyclists are required to wear a helmet.
  • Pedestrians have right of way.
  • Hikers need not follow directional arrows.
  • The black trail is a single-track trail, all other trails are two-track trails.

Click here for a trail map.

Race Schedule

Each year Stony Creek Metropark helps to host a wide variety of bike and running events. From the causal 5K to the 1/2 marathon, from mountain bike and cycle cross events to the occasional adventure race. Odds are, whatever your race of choice may be, we will have something to offer.

The 2014 race list is being developed; please check back for dates.

These events are all open to the public and will have use of the park trails during their event, however the trails remain open for the use of the general park user. We ask that caution be used during the races, both by race participants and park users.

Check back throughout the year for updates to the list of events.


Birding

The thick woodlands, tall-grass prairies, wetlands and lake water attract a wide variety of birds. Hike along nature trails in the spring and summer for a chance to see scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and yellow-billed cuckoos. In fall and winter, spy tufted titmice, golden-crowned kinglets and dark-eyed juncos. Nature interpreters maintain a park bird species list and host a variety of birding programs throughout the year. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (586) 781-9113.


Boating

Reward yourself with panoramic vistas and a day of boating on 500-acre Stony Creek Lake at Stony Creek Metropark. A 6-ramp boat launch gives access to the water. A separate sailboard area is located near Eastwood Beach. Safe operation and a 10 mph speed limit are enforced. A Metroparks boat permit is required.

Boat Launch Permit (per watercraft)

  • Annual - $35
  • Seniors - $20
  • Daily - $7

Boat storage

Boats may be stored on their trailers. Summer season is mid-April through mid-October. Winter storage is mid-October through March 31.

  • Summer season storage - $300
  • Winter season storage - $200

Click here for a map and directions to the Boat Launch.

Boat Rental

The Stony Creek Boat Rental Facility is located in the Mt. Vernon picnic area and offers the public the opportunity to rent five different types of water craft at extremely attractive rates.

Boat Rental Hours of Operation

From Memorial Day to Labor Day the concession is open seven days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm with the last rental being made at 7 pm and all boats off the water by 8 pm.

Prior to the Memorial Day holiday the concession is open weekends only in May. The hours of operation are from 7:30 am to 7 pm with the last rental being made at 6 pm and all boats off the water by 7 pm.

After Labor Day the concession hours are again reduced to weekends for the first two weekends in September. The hours of operation are from 7:30 am to 7 pm with the last rental being made at 6 pm and all boats off the water by 7 pm.

BOAT RENTAL - $20 DEPOSIT REQUIRED FOR ALL BOAT RENTALS

Boat Rental Fees (minimum one hour rental)

  • Rowboat 12' and 14' - $6/hour (maximum $25)
  • Paddleboats - $12/hour
  • Canoes - $7/hour
  • Kayak One Person - $7/hour
  • Kayak Two Person - $8/hour
  • Deposit - $20
  • Additional cushions/life jackets - $1
  • Additional cushions/life jackets deposit - $5
  • Senior rowboat rate - $20 max. Not available weekends or holidays.

Terms of Rental

  1. Boat Rental accepts cash; Visa, MasterCard or Discover. A $20 deposit is required for each boat rented.
  2. A valid drivers license or State issued picture ID is required to rent a boat (school ID's are not acceptable).
  3. Patrons must be 18 years old to rent a boat or to be in a boat alone, unless you have a Boater Safety Card in your possession, at the time of rental. Be advised that having a Boater Safety Card allows you to operate the rental craft by yourself; you are not allowed to have a passenger in the boat with you.
  4. Life vests (PFDs) are provided for each boat rental user.
  5. No reservations are taken, boats are rented on a first come first served basis.
  6. Weekends are often very busy, waiting lists are used as needed.

Maximum Capacity

  • Row Boats: 4 people
  • Canoe: 4 people
  • Paddle Boats: 4 people
  • Single Kayak: 1 person
  • Double Kayak: 2 people

Other Services Provided

  1. Fishing bait (night crawlers) is available for purchase at both the Boat Rental and the Park Office.
  2. Park publications, maps and other information.

Click here for a map and directions to the Boat Rental.

 


Camping

Ridgewood Campground in Stony Creek Metropark offers a secluded up north experience with large sites and fire rings. In an effort to maintain the natural beauty of the campground area and protect trees from soil compaction, campsites are limited to one (1) camping vehicle (ie: motor home, travel trailer, pop-up camper, truck camper) and two (2) tents. Once campers are unhooked & camp supplies are unloaded, motor vehicles must be parked in the parking lot next to the campground.

Click here for a look at the new campground.

2014 Camping Dates:
June 6-8
June 20-22
July 11-13
July 25-27
August 8-10
August 15-17

Preregistration with a full non-refundable payment is required along with standard vehicle entry fees. Stony Creek Metropark is located near Rochester/Washington Township. For additional information and reservations, contact Stony Creek Metropark at 586-781-4242.

Organized Youth Groups

Overnight camping for organized youth groups is available at nearby Wolcott Mill Metropark. Bring your scout group or youth organization and camp under the stars in a tent or at the Shorian Lodge (accommodates 34 people). Reservations are required. Contact Stony Creek Metropark at (586) 781-4242.

[To help stop the spread of forest pests and diseases, we strongly encourage campers to purchase campfire wood at the park.]


Canoeing and Kayaking


Disc Golf

Play on one of the most challenging disc golf courses in Michigan at Stony Creek Metropark. The Buckhorn disc golf course is a 27-hole championship course with serene wetlands, tallgrass prairies, dense thickets and wooded fairways. It’s located adjacent to the Gladeview Picnic Area. The Annual Bag Tag can also be used for the disc golf courses at Hudson Mills and Kensington Metroparks.

Rates

  • Annual Bag Tag: $50
  • Senior/Junior Bag Tag (62 & over / 17 & under): $30
  • Daily Wristband: $2

Click here for a map and directions to the Buckhorn Disc Golf Course.


Education Opportunities at the Parks

Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center

See live snakes, turtles and fish, along with seasonal exhibits at the Stony Creek Nature Center, or hike along the self-guided nature trails. Park interpreters conduct interesting hikes and other programs including paddling a 34-foot Voyageur canoe to learn about Stony Creek Lake. Trail maps and program information are available at the Nature Center or Park Office. Please contact the Nature Center at 586-781-9113.

Stony Creek, Reflection Pond, woods, fields, woodland edges and small wetlands all placed in a landscape formed ages ago by glaciers, provide the backdrop for the six miles of trails that course through the moderately hilly terrain of the Nature Study Area. Look for a variety of birds, including wild turkeys. Nature interpreters maintain a park bird species list.

Trail Signs

Habitat Trail Signs (.pdf)          Habitat Trail Signs Text (.txt)

Landscape Trail Signs (.pdf)     Landscape Trail Signs (.txt)

Reflection Trail Signs (.pdf)       Reflection Trail Signs (.txt)

Return Trail Signs (.pdf)            Return Trail Signs (.txt)

Additional information:

Teachers Guide

School Outreach


Fishing

Anglers love 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, teeming with bass, pike, walleye and panfish. The state record crappie was caught here. Fish on a barrier-free fishing pier, located on the west side of the boat launching area. Enjoy ice-fishing on both sections of Stony Creek Lake below 28 Mile Road in the winter. Fishing from bridges is prohibited.


Fitness


Geocaching

For more information on our Geocaching activities, please click here.


Hiking


Interpretive Center

The Stony Creek, Reflection Pond, thick woodlands, tallgrass prairies, and wetlands are a welcoming natural habitat for many birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Visit the Nature Center at Stony Creek Metropark to see live displays, snakes, turtles and fish. Park interpreters host nature walks and interpretive programs including programs aboard a 34-foot Voyageur canoe.

For further information, contact the Nature Center at 586-781-9113.

While we are a pet friendly park, pets are not allowed north of the Stony Creek River in the Nature Center area, Baypoint Beach or Eastwood Beach. In allowable areas all pets must be on a six foot leash and under control at all times.


Picnicking

Picnic with family or friends amidst expansive fields, thick woodlands and scenic Stony Creek Lake. Picnic areas with rentable shelters, grills, playgrounds, baseball diamonds and soccer, volleyball and basketball courts are located throughout the Metropark. Groups of 50 or more persons are requested to register at Stony Creek Metropark in advance by contacting (586) 781-4242.

Please contact Kosch Catering for all your catering needs at www.koschcatering.com.

Picnic shelter reservation fee: $200


Running/Walking


Sledding and Tobogganing

Experience a winter wonderland while sledding at Stony Creek Metropark. Dash down sledding hills located at the Gladeview and West Branch Picnic Areas. Check this site for weather conditions.

Click here for a map and directions to the West Branch sledding hills.

Click here for the Gladeview sledding hills.


Swimming

Enjoy a summer day in the water at Baypoint and Eastwood Beaches at Stony Creek Metropark. Beaches are open 10 am to 8 pm throughout the summer, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Comfort stations, food bars and first aid facilities are available. Fires, alcohol and glass containers are not permitted at the beaches.

Beaches at Stony Creek Metropark are no longer guarded. Both Baypoint and Eastwood beaches are swim at your own risk facilities.

Click here for a map and directions to Baypoint Beach.
Click here for a map and directions to Eastwood Beach.

While we are a pet friendly park system we do have areas in the park where pets are not allowed. Pets are not allowed at Baypoint Beach, Eastwood Beach or north of the Stony Creek river in the Nature Center area. All pets must be on a six foot leash and under control at all times.


Water Facilities

Paddleboarding

Jump on board and try something new as Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPS) are now available for rent at Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark, near Rochester/Washington Township.

Hailed as the world’s fastest growing water sport, stand up paddleboarding has quickly gained a reputation as a fun activity that is not very hard to learn. Stand up paddleboarding consists of standing on a 9- to 12-foot SUP while using a long paddle to navigate through the water.

Stand up paddleboards can be rented when the beach is open, 10 am to 5 pm daily, now through Labor Day. The boards cost $10 per hour to rent with a $20 deposit required.

Participants must be 16 years or older to rent a SUP, and must provide a valid driver’s license or State issued picture ID (school ID’s are not acceptable). Life vests are provided for each SUP user. No reservations are taken as SUPS are rented on a first come first served basis. Cash only, no credit/debit cards accepted.

 

Rip Slide

This new feature at Stony Creek Metropark is a three-story tall inflatable waterslide. At 175 feet long and 47 feet wide, it is one of the world's largest inflatable slides.

Single Ride: $1
Daily Wristband (Unlimited Rides): $10


Weddings

If you are looking for that perfect location to host
an outdoor wedding you have found it.

Outdoor weddings are very popular at Stony Creek Metropark
and options are available to fit any budget.

Our Sunset Terrace Banquet Tent

Banquet Tent Rental:
Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $800
Weekdays & Sundays: $700

This is a three season tent, fully catered to meet your every need by Kosch Catering of Rochester. Kosch has a full menu designed not only to meet your needs but to surpasse them. Looking for something special that you don't see in the brochure? Just ask. Kosch's team of professionals are dedicated to making sure that your event is one that you and your guests never forget.

Shelters are for rent throughout the park for $200 per day. Many weddings have been held adjacent to the shelters at no additional cost.

Our exclusive caterer, Kosch Catering, can provide for all of your catering needs. You may prepare your own food if using one of our shelters, however other caterers are not permitted in the park.

A $350.00 site fee is required for all weddings not taking place at the tent or near one of our shelters. Additional tents, chairs, etc. are not provided and would need to be rented elsewhere, set up and removed the day of your event.

Check Wolcott Mill Metropark below for other options for your wedding.

The best thing to do is to stop in the office or call us at 586-781-4242 to discuss all available options.


Winter Sports

Cross-Country Skiing

Escape the winter blues by walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at Stony Creek Metropark. Enjoy great cardiovascular exercise as you glide across 13 miles of marked and groomed traditional cross-country ski trails, covering level to hilly terrain. Coast over snow-glazed trails on the golf course or mountain bike routes. Ski rentals are available at the golf course clubhouse weekends only.

Cross-Country Ski Rental (weekends only)

  • 1/2 day full equipment pkg.
    • Adult: $13
    • Youth (under 16): $9
  • Group Rate (M-F only): Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation - $8/person
  • Skis only: $5
  • Boots only: $5
  • Poles only: $3

Ice Skating

An ice skating rink is located on Stony Creek Lake near the boat launch area. A warming room has a heated lobby, vending machines and restrooms. Hockey is allowed in designated areas next to the large general skating rink. No skate rentals. Check this site for weather conditions.

Kiteboarding/Snowkiting

Kiteboarding is a relatively new sport that is a mix between windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding. In the summer, bring your kiteboards and enjoy riding across the lake on a nice breeze. In the winter, snowkiting comes alive after a fresh snowfall. Using skis or snowboards, glide through the snow and ice on the lake. A staging area can be found at Eastwood Beach in the Day Sail Area. Whether you ride or just want to watch, come to Stony Creek Lake all year long!

Snowboarding

Test your skills and enjoy a snowy, winter day while snowboarding at Stony Creek Metropark. Coast down a designated hill "for snowboards only" near the Gladeview Picnic Area. Snowboards must be tethered to ankles. Please check this site for snow and weather conditions.


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