The 13 individual Metroparks that comprise the Huron-Clinton Metroparks each offer a variety of acitivities that are tailored to families and individuals throughout the year.
For more information on the wide array of activities available at your local Metropark, please click the options below.
Spend the day biking at Lake St. Clair Metropark along a three-mile paved hike-bike trail offering panoramic views of Lake St. Clair. Cycle along flat terrain past grassy areas and along the 1,600 foot boardwalk, stopping at the gazebo to take in the beautiful view at Huron Point. Near the park entrance, the path connects to a trail along Metro Parkway for easy access to local suburbs.
More than 230 species of birds, including warblers, waterfowl and hummingbirds flock to the Lake St. Clair shoreline, vast marsh area, meadows and woodlands of Lake St. Clair Metropark. Located along two intersecting migratory routes, this is one of the top birding sites in Michigan and an excellent spot to view a variety of birds, including a few rare species. Observe black-capped chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays from a viewing window at the nature center year-round. Learn about bird identification and behavior, gardening for birds, and other bird-related topics by attending interpretive programs. The Bird Migration Festival each spring offers hikes, special programs and children’s activities. Call the Nature Center at (586) 463-4332 for more information.
Find quick access to Lake St. Clair at Lake St. Clair Metropark with eight ramps conveniently located near the North Marina along Black Creek. Jet skis, windsurfers, and kite boards can enter the water at the daysail launch located near the golf course.
If you are boating to Lake St. Clair, plan on staying in the Marina at one of our transient utility docks or tying up at one of our transient seawall spaces. The Lake St. Clair Marina can accommodate approximately 265 vessels since the renovation of the South Marina was completed in late summer, 2010.
- Harbor slip reservation prices – Click Here
- 2016 harbor slip transient and seasonal rates – Click Here
- DNR contact for questions pertaining to online registration, fees, and more: 1-800-447-2757
A Metropark Boat Launch Permit, in addition to your vehicle permit, is required for boats that are trailered in and can be purchased at the Metropark tollbooth or Park Office. If your boat (canoe, kayak or rowboat) is transported into the park in or on your vehicle, you do not have to purchase a Boat Launch Permit. Vehicle entry fees are also required for follow-up vehicles.
Boat Launch Rates (per watercraft)
- Daily – $10
- Annual – $35
- Seniors (62+) – $21
Vehicle Entry Rates (per vehicle)
- Daily – $10
- Annual – $35
- Seniors (62+) – $21
Advanced purchase of all Annual Passes listed above are available at the Metroparks Online Store. You may also consider advance purchase of a gift card for your guests or friends. See the online store for giftcards in several denominations.
- Enjoy a game of basketball at one of two locations at Lake St Clair Metropark. Basketball courts are available in the West Playfield area near the Nature Center and also, at the end of the east boardwalk.
- Tennis courts are located off the main parking lot near the children’s play area. Ever tried pickleball? One of our courts can also be used as a pickleball court.
- Shuffleboard courts are located between the tennis courts and the west boardwalk. Equipment can be found at the Par-3 Golf building.
- Volleyball courts are located throughout the park in our picnic areas and off of the west beach.
- Horseshoe pits are also located near park shelters.
- Basketballs, volleyballs, tennis rackets, tennis balls and horseshoes are available for use with a valid driver’s license at the Par 3 golf course. All items must be returned to the course by 8:00 pm.
The Nature Center at Lake St. Clair Metropark features displays on wetlands, waterfowl, live animals and the historical use of the area by the French Voyageurs. Park interpreters host nature walks and interpretive programs.
A portion of Lake St. Clair Metropark is set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature. One and one-half miles of self-guided nature trails teeming with wildlife traverse a freshwater marsh, meadows and woods. The terrain is flat. Trails are open from daylight to dusk. Trail maps and information on services provided by the park interpreters are available at the Nature Center and the Park Office. Call (586) 463-4332 for information.
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Enjoy this favorite pastime on Lake St. Clair and within view of Downtown Detroit on a clear day. Huron Point provides about 1.5 miles of shoreline fishing for bass, walleye, pike and perch. Shoreline fishing is not allowed along the beach or at the marinas from April through October. All State fishing regulations apply. Anglers must possess the proper fishing license to fish at any Metropark.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
Geocaches are located throughout the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. If you wish to place a cache within a Metropark, see the rules, regulations, and site permit application.
Experience the up and coming game of Foot Golf! Foot golf regulation sized soccer balls can be rented for $2 at the starter building. No need for tee times on our walker friendly course. Monday through Thursday seniors over 54 and juniors under 18 can play for $5, anyone ages 18 to 54 can play for $6. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays everyone plays for $7. View Park Conditions and Facility Hours
What is Foot Golf?
Footgolf uses the same rules of traditional golf and is played on the same course. The main difference is instead of using golf clubs the player kicks a soccer ball and the holes are much larger, 21″ in diameter. Just like golf, the object of the game is get the ball in the hole with the least amount of “kicks” possible.
Why play at the Metroparks?
One of the best things about playing Footgolf at the Metroparks is that each Footgolf course is also a Par 3. So grab a foursome of footgolfers, traditional golfers or a mix of both and Get Out and Play!
Par 3 Golf
Enjoy a relaxing day at our 18 hole Par 3 Golf Course. A nine or seven iron club and putter can be rented for $2 at the starter building. No need for tee times on our walker friendly course. For anyone having a hard time walking the course, we have handicap golf carts accessible at the starter building as well. Tees can bought for $0.25, green tool for $0.75 and golf balls for $1.50. Monday through Thursday seniors over 54 and juniors under 18 can play for $5, anyone ages 18 to 54 can play for $6. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays everyone plays for $7. View Park Conditions and Facility Hours
Shipwreck Lagoon Adventure Golf
The 18-hole miniature golf course, complete with waterfalls and two rivers, provides competitive fun for everyone, located on the East Boardwalk.
- Adults $4.00
- Children 11 and under & seniors 62 and older $3.00
- Children 3 & under Free
A portion of Lake St. Clair Metropark is set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature. 1.5 miles of self-guided flat nature trails teeming with wildlife traverse a freshwater marsh, meadows, and woods. Trails are open from daylight to dusk. Rules of use apply to help maintain these natural areas.
Spend the day hiking at Lake St. Clair Metropark along a three-mile paved hike-bike trail offering panoramic views of Lake St. Clair. Cycle along flat terrain past grassy areas and along the 1,600 foot boardwalk, stopping at the gazebo to take in the beautiful view at Huron Point. Near the park entrance, the path connects to a trail along Metro Parkway for easy access to local suburbs.
Lake St. Clair Metropark’s 770-acres, with breathtaking views of Lake St. Clair and open, grassy picnic areas, offers the perfect location for your next picnic or outdoor event. Host a large family reunion or company gathering for up to 250 people at the Par 3 picnic shelter, with two large grills, water and electrical outlets and handicapped-accessible tables conveniently located close to the golf course, playground, and comfort stations. Other picnic areas with grills, picnic shelters are located throughout the metropark. Or, picnic with friends at a table near the marina.
Children can play on swings, a playscape, and other equipment near the beach. The playground has separate areas for younger and older kids.
Shuttle service to Huron Point picnic area, the wedding gazebo, and shore fishing areas is available daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
- 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekdays
- 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Weekends
Train fee: $2.00 person (ages 15 and under free)
Summer Discovery Cruise
Summer Discovery Cruise
Learn local lighthouse lore, explore one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas, discover your artistic side or take a trip on one of the other various themed-tours on the Schoolship Clinton while learning about the ecosystem of the Great Lakes in the 14th year of the Summer Discovery Cruises.
Sponsored by Michigan Sea Grant Extension and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, the “Clinton” will be docked at Lake Erie Metropark for two- and four-hour cruises on the lower Detroit River and Lake Erie and at Lake St. Clair Metropark for two and one-half- and four-hour cruises on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair Flats area. While on these Summer Discovery Cruises, discover first-hand the natural and historic wonders of these unique areas. All cruises are led by Metropark interpreters or Schoolship staff.
- Registration Required for All Cruises (payment required at time of registration)
- Registration can be done on-line with credit card (Visa or MasterCard) at www.discoverycruises.org or through Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center in person (cash, check or charge) or by calling (586) 463-4332.
- Vehicle Entry Fee Required: $35 Annual, $21 Seniors, $10 Daily
BIRDS, BOATS AND BOOZE
This four-hour cruise goes up into the South Channel as we explore the natural & cultural features that brought people to the Flats. Pricing: $30.00 adults/ $20.00 under 18.
We guarantee that this special night cruise will bring out your “Oooo’s” and “Awww’s”. As a modified version of our Night Watch cruise, you’ll be impressed with our discussion of navigation, nighttime fish behavior, and star-gazing. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
GREAT LAKES SCIENCE FOR KIDS Learn about the ecology of Lake St. Clair by using the tools a Great Lakes Scientist uses to determine water quality by studying the plants and animals of the lakes. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
GREAT LAKES SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS
This cruise for teachers – active teachers only please – will focus on the Great Lakes from a science education perspective. Learn how to relate biology, chemistry, geology and physics to your lessons on the Lakes. SPECIAL PRICING: $10 (adult active educators only)
Join us on this one-of-a-kind cruise! Handy Billy is a group of folks who love our Great Lakes and its related music. Their songs have much to teach about shipboard life and the Lakes. Pricing: $30.00 adults/ $20.00 under 18.
THE HISTORY OF LAKE ST. CLAIR
We’ll cruise to the St. Clair Flats in search of its past, and tell the human stories that shaped the history of this unique area. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
JOURNEY THROUGH THE STRAITS
Board the E/V Clinton for a fantastic five hour voyage. As the Clinton travels in the wake of both the early Great Lakes voyageurs and present day sailors, we’ll explore the Straits of Detroit from several perspectives. Pricing: $35.00 adults/ $25.00 under 18
LIGHTHOUSES OF LAKE ST. CLAIR
Explore the history of the two lighthouses that helped guide boats through the treacherous St. Clair Flats. Discover what is being done to preserve these historic landmarks. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
THE NATURE OF LAKE ST. CLAIR
Take an educational tour of Lake St. Clair to discover the rich variety of aquatic life that makes Lake St. Clair so special. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
Join the crew of the E/V Clinton on a late evening cruise and learn about navigating under the stars using charts, lights and the heavens themselves. As darkness descends, we will set sail for lighthouses and search the heavens for constellations and the North Star to help guide us to our home port. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
Sign on for a voyage into the world of Great Lakes shipping with former sailor and ancient mariner Patrick Livingston, author of “Eight Steamboats -Sailing Through the Sixties”. As the E/V Clinton heads across Lake St. Clair toward the shipping channel, you will learn about lakers and salties, legendary sailors and Lake St. Clair shipwrecks. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
See how the latest technology in shipwreck identification is used to discover wrecks as we investigate the remains of a sunken mystery ship in the St. Clair delta. Along the way, we’ll explore historic shipwrecks and the lighthouses built to help prevent them. Pricing: $25.00 adults/ $15.00 under 18.
WILDLIFE & WETLANDS OF LAKE ST. CLAIR
Explore further into the flats on this extended 4-hour tour to discover the variety of plants, animals and habitats that make one of the world’s largest freshwater delta so unique and valuable. Pricing: $30.00 adults/ $20.00 under 18
LAKE ST. CLAIR FISHERIES
Learn first- hand about the fish that are found in Lake St. Clair, many of which will be available for hands-on examination. We may rendezvous with the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division research vessel and observe fish tagging, measuring, etc. Pricing: $25.00
Water Facilities / Swimming
Swim in Lake St. Clair or at the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The lake waters and 50-meter pool with waterslides, inflatable obstacle course, and climbing walls are the perfect places to cool off and enjoy a warm day. The pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, and the lake is open from May 1 to September 30. Food concessions are conveniently located nearby.
- Pool use fee: $5/person per day
- Storage locker: 50¢/use
- Children under 30″ FREE
- Please see facility conditions for current status and hours of the swimming beach and pool
- The swimming pool is fully staffed with lifeguards and first aid employees during all hours of public swimming; beach bathing is unguarded during the swimming season.
- Need to be at least 7 years old or older and pass a swim test to use the Wibbit and Rock Wall
- Swimmers need to be 48″ or taller to use the Slide
Squirt Zone Spray Ground
Kids will love to run, skip and jump through Lake St. Clair Metropark’s Squirt Zone with ground sprays that shoot up water, water cannons to spray a friend, arches that create a tunnel of water to run through and more. Located between the Olympic-sized swimming pool and the open waters of Lake St. Clair, this is a great stop on a warm summer day. Open daily 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Celebrate a fresh snowfall by cross-country skiing at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Two and one-half miles of marked cross-country ski trails provide captivating vistas while you enjoy outdoor recreation and great cardiovascular exercise. The relatively flat terrain accommodates beginner and intermediate levels and is fun for all ages.
Extend your favorite pastime into the winter season ice-fishing on Lake St. Clair. The area is known as a good pan fish and yellow perch fishing site, with anglers fishing on the canals, north boat basin and the open waters of the lake. Several bait and tackle shops are located near the entrance to Lake St. Clair Metropark. Anglers find that these shops are great places to catch up on what is biting and what to use.
Enjoy this favorite pastime outdoors at an outdoor ice hockey rink located in the west playfield at Lake St. Clair Metropark. A comfort station, picnic tables for resting, and a warming station are conveniently located close to the parking lot.
An outdoor family ice skating rink is located in the west playfield at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The rink, a comfort station, a warming room and picnic tables for resting are conveniently located close to the parking area.
An outdoor family sledding hill is located in the West Playfield at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The sledding hill, a comfort station, a warming room and picnic tables for resting are conveniently located close to the parking area.