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Current Conditions

Due to the late summer growth of aquatic weeds on Kent Lake, the Metroparks will be closing both Martindale and Maple beach at Kensington on Wednesday, August 21st to perform a chemical treatment of the lake. While regulations do not require us to close the beaches to swimmers, we feel that it is the best way to protect swimmers from any health and safety concerns and achieve the most effective treatment on the aquatic weeds. Beaches will reopen on Thursday, August 22nd as normal.

All park facility conditions are subject to change. During periods of inclement weather, our maintenance department’s first priority is to work on clearing the roadways, parking lots and then sidewalks. Once the above goals have been met, they will begin to work on other areas. Thank you for your patience and understanding as your safety is our first priority.

Call the Park Office at (810) 227-8910 for the latest park conditions.

NameOpen/ClosedOperating Hours/Notes
Boat RentalOpenMay 25 thru Labor Day • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Boat rentals may be suspended during periods of high winds for the safety of our guests). 
September (Weekends Only, Weather Permitting) • 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Disc Golf Course ‘The Black Locust’OpenDaily: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Farm CenterOpenDaily: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.   No power today July 21
Golf CourseOpenDawn – Dusk
Hayrides (Public Rides)Public rides are open weekends only.Saturdays & Sundays: Noon – 4 p.m.
Hike-Bike TrailOpenDaily: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Horse TrailsOpenDaily: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Island Queen (Public Rides)OpenMay 25 – Sept 3: Daily
Sept 8 – Oct 14: Weekends Only
Martindale BeachOpen (closed on 8/21/19 )10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Nature CenterOpenMondays: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues thru Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nature Center TrailsOpenDaily: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Splash ‘n’ BlastOpenMay 25 – Sept 3: Daily, 11 am – 7 pm
Ski RentalClosedWeekends/Holidays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the last rental at 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

Refer to the Activities section of the Kensington Metropark webpage for additional information on the activities and facilities listed above. Report any injuries to the Park Police or the Park Office.

  • Pets (unless they are a guide or assistance dogs) are prohibited at the Nature Center, Nature Center Trails, Farm Center, horse trails, sandy portions of the beaches, swimming areas, and aboard the Island Queen.
  • Skiing, running, and biking is prohibited on the Nature Center trails.
  • Cross country ski trails, Nature Center trails, Black Locust Disc Golf Course and horse trails are not lit.
  • During periods of snow cover, riding is only permitted on the portion of the trail from the Staging Area to the Milford Road entrance and then along the East Trail to the expressway. The west trails are closed for cross country skiing.  The trails are CLOSED during periods of ground thaw.
  • Snowmobiles are prohibited.
  • No pets or snowshoeing allowed on cross-country ski trails. Snowshoeing is permitted on the Nature Center Trails and in most picnic areas.
  • Do not leave any of your equipment unattended.
  • Please park in parking lots for winter activities.
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