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Activities

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.

Biking

Ride a 4.1-mile paved hike-bike trail that meanders along scenic views of the Huron River, through open fields and lush woodlands at Lower Huron Metropark. The trail continues through Willow and Oakwoods Metropark for a 30-mile round trip.

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Camping

Walnut Grove Campground – Family Rustic Camping

Camp for a few days, a week, or even longer at the park’s scenic Walnut Grove Campground, where 27 rustic campsites can be reserved May 5th through mid-October. Things to do while camping with us…

  • Pack walking shoes, bikes or inline skates to use the paved hike/bike trail which goes for 15 miles through Lower Huron, Willow, and Oakwoods Metroparks.
  • Bring fishing rods to test your skills (and luck) from the fishing decks on the serene Huron River.
  • Start a game on the nearby basketball courts, the baseball diamond or the tennis courts.
  • Cool off at Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center’s waterslides, pool and lazy river in the summer (Open Memorial day through Labor Day).
  • And, most importantly, relax around the campfire, and enjoy sleeping outdoors and waking up to birds chirping in the trees. To help stop the spread of forest pests and diseases, we strongly encourage campers to purchase campfire wood at the park.

Reserve your campsite for just $25 a night, plus park entry ($10 per day per vehicle or a $35 annual permit, $21 for seniors 62+). Tents, campers, and motor homes are allowed. Water and electricity are not available at the campsites. Modern restrooms are located within the Walnut Grove Campground. Shower facilities are available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, at Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center. Interpretive programs are offered on selected weekends. Wood bundles are available for $7 each at the Park Office during office hours.

Walnut Grove Campground Map

TypeCampsite Number
Tent, Pop-Up or RV1 – 7, 10 – 14, 18 – 20
Tent or Pop-Up15 – 17
Tent Only7A – 7F
RV Only14A – 14C

For more information or for reservations please contact the Lower Huron Park office at (734) 697-9181 or (800) 477-3182.

Group Camp for Organized Youth Groups

Bring your scout group or youth organization to camp under the stars at Lower Huron Metropark. Overnight and day camping is available for organized youth groups. Registration and a permit are required. Please contact the park office at (734) 697-9181 for more information.

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Firewood will no longer be available at the Group Camp for your use. You may bring in your own firewood or purchase firewood from the Lower Huron Park Office, during office hours.

Group Campsite (youth groups only)

  • Permit: $30 per night
  • Camporees/Jamborees: $30 per group per site
  • Wood Racks: $25/rack at Park Office during office hours

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Canoeing and Kayaking

Bring your own canoe or kayak to paddle along the scenic Huron River at Lower Huron Metropark. Glide past sycamore and cottonwood tree-lined shores: you might even see muskrat, turtles or ducks. Overnight camping is available at Walnut Grove Campground, river mile 25.4, with a reservation. Canoe maps are available at the park office. Canoes/kayaks are not available for rent. Contact the park office at (734) 697-9181 for reservations and additional information.

Huron River Canoeing & Kayak Map

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Court Games

Plan your next pick-up game at Lower Huron Metropark: basketball, softball diamonds, and tennis courts are located near the Woodscreek Picnic Area. Additional softball diamonds are located near Ellwoods, Tulip Tree, and the East Bend picnic areas.

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Fishing and Ice Fishing

Bring your fishing rod, tackle box and cast your line along the shore of the Huron River. Shoreline fish throughout the park for largemouth and smallmouth bass, steelhead, northern pike. Angle near the south fishing site for bullhead and panfish. Fishing decks are located at the north and south fishing sites.

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Geocaching

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.

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Hiking

Discover the sights and sounds of nature as you hike through Lower Huron Metropark. Explore two self-guided footpaths through beautiful, mature woodlands along the floodplain of the Huron River. Or, take the paved 4.1-mile hike/bike trail within the Metropark connecting to Willow and Oakwoods Metroparks, for a longer, 30-mile round trip. The diverse habitats teem with wildlife along the routes.

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Picnicking

The thick woodlands, open fields and Huron River provide a beautiful backdrop and plenty of shady spots for your next picnic, reunion, or company outing. Tables, grills, and shelters are located throughout the Metropark. Advanced registration is required for groups of 50 or more. To register or reserve a shelter, contact (734) 697-9181.

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Play Areas

At Lower Huron, playgrounds are located at the Woods Creek and Ellwood’s picnic areas. Swings and slides can be found throughout picnic areas at Lower Huron.

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Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center

Find the ultimate relief from the warm, summer sun while having buckets of fun at Lower Huron Metropark’s Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center. Zip down two waterslides, drift along a lazy river, get soaked under the 300-gallon dumping bucket, and wade into the zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes. The Grille serves food and beverages (outside food/beverages and coolers are not permitted).

Operating Hours

May 27th – September 4th

  • Weekday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Weekend/Holiday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Turtle Cove FeesCost
Entry – Adult (48″ and above)$10/person
Entry – Children (under 48″)$8/person
Entry – Children (under 30″)Free
Entry – Twilight (after 5:00 pm)$7/person
Entry – Organized Youth Group
(Mon – Fri, minimum 20) – Pre-Registration Required
$6/person
Coin Operated Lockers$.50
  • Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Must be at least 48″ or taller to ride the large waterslides.

The thick woodlands, open fields and Huron River provide a beautiful backdrop and plenty of shady spots for your next picnic, reunion, or company outing. Tables, grills, and shelters are located throughout the Metropark. Advanced registration is required for groups of 50 or more. To register or reserve a shelter, contact (734) 697-9181.

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Cross-Country Skiing

Cut your own cross-country ski trail along flat terrain at Lower Huron Metropark. Enjoy picturesque views of the Huron River and mature woodlands, with a chance to glimpse red fox or white-tailed deer.

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Ice Skating

Enjoy a winter wonderland as you skate in a “Currier and Ives” setting on two natural frozen ponds cleared for skating at Lower Huron Metropark. Hockey enthusiasts can practice their shot on one rink, while families skate on the other two. Bring hot cocoa and warm up by a bonfire. Heated restrooms are nearby and are open until 9 p.m.

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