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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 the 4.1 mile hike-bike trail that meanders along scenic views of the Huron River, through open fields and lush woodlands at Lower Huron Metropark. The Lower Huron trail is relatively flat with a few moderate hills, and continues into Willow Metropark at the southern end of the park at Waltz Road.

The trail continues south linking Lower Huron Metropark, Willow Metropark, the City of Flat Rock and Lake Erie Metropark creating a 23.75-mile trail (47.5 miles out and back). These trail segments are part of the Iron Belle Trail system that will span the state of Michigan. A variety of different length trips can be made between these parks.

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Camping

Walnut Grove Campground – Family Rustic Camping – Closed for the Season

Camp for a few days, a week, or even longer at the park’s scenic Walnut Grove Campground.  27 rustic campsites are located near the Huron River and can be reserved May 5th through mid-October.  This campground is also available for paddlers on the Huron River Water Trail (river mile 25.4).  Things to do while camping with us…

  • Pack walking shoes, bikes, or inline skates to use the paved hike/bike trail which extends 23.75 miles connecting Lower Huron Metropark, Willow Metropark, Oakwoods, Metropark, the City of Flat Rock, and Lake Erie Metropark.
  • Hike more than 3 miles of rustic trails along the bank of the Huron River at Woods Creek.
  • 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 court.
  • 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. A sanitary dump station is available on-site.

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 along the Huron River 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
  • Firewood Bundles: $25/bundle 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. The Huron River was recently designated as the 18th trail of the National Water Trail System, joining a network of nation exemplary water trails from Puget Sound to the Hudson River.

River access within Lower Huron Metropark can be found at the North Fishing Site and at the East Bend Picnic Area / Group Camp (launch located at the end of the parking lot turnaround).  Downstream take out points include Willow Metropark’s Big Bend picnic area and Oakwoods Metropark’s Cedar Knoll picnic area.

If you plan to paddle further downstream please note that the portage of the Flat Rock dam requires coordination with Flat Rock Metal, Inc. to unlock the gates. Please call ahead (734) 782-4454 .

Camping sites along the Huron River are available at Lower Huron Metropark’s Walnut Grove Campground.  Please call the park office at (734) 697-9181 to reserve.

Huron River Canoeing & Kayak Map

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Court Games

Plan your next pick-up game at Lower Huron Metropark: basketball courts, softball diamonds, a tennis court, and a sand volleyball court are located near the Woodscreek picnic area. Additional basketball courts are located at the Hawthorn and Ellwoods picnic areas.   A softball diamond is also located  near the Ellwoods picnic area and a sand volleyball court is also available at the Tulip Tree picnic area.

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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 along with the East Bend picnic area.

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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 three rustic hiking trails through beautiful, mature woodlands. The Woods Creek trail system is more than three miles in length and follows the bank and floodplain of the Huron River.  The Bob White trail is a 1 mile loop, mostly flat trail, that passes through dense woodlands well above the river. The Paw Paw trail, located at the Sycamore Bend picnic area, is .75 mile loop which starts on the bluffs above the Huron River before descending into the river’s floodplain.

The 4.1-mile paved hike/bike trail provides additional hiking options.  The Lower Huron trail is relatively flat with a few moderate hills, and continues into Willow Metropark at the southern end of the park at Waltz Road.

The trail continues south linking Lower Huron Metropark, Willow Metropark, the City of Flat Rock and Lake Erie Metropark creating a 23.75-mile trail (47.5 miles out and back). These trail segments are part of the Iron Belle Trail system that will span the state of Michigan. A variety of different length trips can be made between these parks.

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Metal Detecting

Metal detecting is permitted in many, but not all, areas of the Metroparks. A permit is required (no cost) which can be picked up at the park office. Please check with individual parks to see where detecting is prohibited.

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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 park. 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

The largest playground in the park can be found at the Woods Creek picnic area. A smaller playground structure can be found in the Ellwood’s picnic area. Swings and slides can be found throughout most of the 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).  A food service window is also available for those not entering the Turtle Cove Aquatic Center. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Must be at least 48″ or taller to ride the large waterslides.

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

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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.  Groomed trails are located at nearby Willow and Oakwoods Metropark.

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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. Bring hot cocoa and warm up by a bonfire. Heated restrooms are nearby and are open until 9 p.m. Park at Foxwoods picnic area.

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