Just a short drive from the city, behold three miles of captivating Lake Erie shoreline and sweeping vistas that you can only get with a Great Lake and great river at 1,607-acre Lake Erie Metropark. Follow the path of lake freighters moving up and down along the Detroit River against exceptional views of Sugar Island, Grosse Ile, and Celeron Island. Scan the sky of this popular bird-watching site, with more than 300 species recorded, and you just might spot a migrating broad-wing hawk or bald eagle flying above. This designated “Important Bird Area” is one of the premier hawk-watching sites in North America.
Plan on adding some recreational activity to your day with an 18-hole regulation golf course, the “Great Wave” swimming pool, Marshlands Museum and Nature Center, boat launches and a marina. Hike through miles of nature trails or kayak along coastal wetlands. In the winter, walk along a cleared 1.6-mile paved trail, cross-country ski along 4-miles of flat, groomed trails, or ice fish for perch. Smaller guests are never forgotten with a brand new children’s play area with slides, mini-rock wall, and swings. Experience the splendor of this Southeastern Michigan lakeshore treasure and make some of your best memories today.
A Metropark Motor Vehicle Entry Permit gives you access to all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. 2018 Vehicle Entry Permits are on sale now! Annual permits are valid from the time of purchase through December 31, 2018.
You can purchase them at toll booths, park offices, interpretive centers and online!
- Annual Vehicle Permit: $35
- Annual Boat Permit: $35
- Annual Vehicle/Boat Permit: $70 – This combination permit for vehicles and boats allows a vehicle with a boat trailer to enter the Metroparks.
Annual Permits Seniors (age 62+)
- Annual Vehicle Permit: $21
- Annual Boat Permit: $21
- Annual Vehicle/Boat Permit: $42 – This combination permit for vehicles and boats allows a vehicle with a boat trailer to enter the Metroparks.
Joint Combination Vehicle Permit
- $59 – This combination permit for vehicles allows entry into the Metroparks and Oakland County Parks.
- $10 per vehicle
- $10 daily boat trailer fee
Walkers, bicyclists, and inline skaters can enjoy free access to all Metroparks by entering through the park roads and hike/bike trails.
NOTE: Michigan’s Recreation Passport, purchased for your Michigan license plate, does not allow entry into the Metroparks. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is a separate regional park system than the Michigan State Parks, and requires its own entry permit.
This FAQ is specific to Lake Erie Metropark to see an overall organization FAQ please click here.
Do you have a beach?
Our shoreline is mostly rocky and does not have a beach. Swimming is not allowed off the shoreline. Please try a dip in our wave pool.
What are the rules at the Wave Pool?
Click here to visit our Activities page to see a summary of the rules.
Do you allow alcohol?
Beer and wine are allowed in the park, except in the pool complex. We recommend cans and plastic bottles. Glass presents a safety hazard and is not allowed.
Can I have a campfire?
Ground fires are not allowed. We have grills in the picnic areas or you can bring your own grill – provided it has legs to keep it off picnic tables or off the ground to prevent burned grass spots.
Can I bring my dog into the park?
Dogs are allowed in the park on a six-foot leash, and under control. Dogs are not allowed on the nature trails (marked by a sign at the entrance). Please use the “Doggit” bags provided for your convenience. Thanks!
Do you have a campground?
Lake Erie Metropark does not have a campground. Lower Huron Metropark has camping for scout groups or youth organizations. Registration and a permit are required. Please contact Lower Huron park office at 734-697-9181 for more information. Camping is available at Sterling State Park.