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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

Bicycle or inline skate Stony Creek Metroparks a 6.1-mile paved trail circling the lake. Single speed bicycles can be rented at Eastwood Beach daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Bicycle Rental Fees

One hour minimum charge and a drivers license required for rental. Participants must be 18 years or older unless accompanied by a parent to rent and must provide a valid drivers license or State issued picture ID (school ID’s are not acceptable).

Rental is available Memorial Day through Labor Day: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Last Rental 7 p.m.)

  • 26″ men’s/woman’s single speed
    • $7/hour
    • $30 deposit
    • Cash or credit accepted

Mountain Biking

Are you looking for a challenging mountain bike course close to home? If so, come to Stony Creek Metropark for some of the best mountain biking in southeast Michigan. Spring, summer and fall mountain bikers and hikers enjoy 14 miles of hilly, heavily wooded dirt trails that traverse the southwest side of the park.

The best place for parking is at the West Branch Picnic Area, parking lot B. The trailhead begins just off the cul-de-sac at the end of the parking lot.

The Mountain Biking trails on the West Branch trails system are closed to biking and hiking in the winter and converted to groomed cross-country ski trails. A Fat Tire Mountain Biking trail is offered on the Trolley Trails each winter, across from Eastwood Beach.

The trails have been color coded for difficulty levels.

Routes

  • Green 5.7 miles Easy
  • Blue 3.6 miles More difficult
  • Black 4.6 miles Most difficult

Please follow all local park rules:

  • Stay on the marked trails only.
  • Cyclists are encouraged to wear a helmet.
  • Pedestrians have right of way.
  • Hikers need not follow directional arrows.
  • The black trail is a single-track trail, all other trails are two-track trails.

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Mountain Bike Skills Course

Push your limits to the max at the Mountain Bike Skills Course at Stony Creek Metropark. Test your ability on this 5-acre playground with a variety of wood and dirt obstacles that will challenge even the most skilled riders. Dare yourself with the ultimate challenge and complete 180-degree turns on several 6-foot platforms. The Metropark also boasts the area’s largest pump track. This project was built with a generous funding grant from American Cycle and Fitness, and labor was provided by CRAMBA volunteers. The skills course is closed during the winter. For more information contact the Stony Creek Metropark Park Office.

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Birding

The thick woodlands, tall-grass prairies, wetlands and lake water attract a wide variety of birds. Hike along nature trails in the spring and summer for a chance to see scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, and yellow-billed cuckoos. In fall and winter, spy tufted titmice, golden-crowned kinglets, and dark-eyed juncos. Nature interpreters maintain a park bird species list and host a variety of birding programs throughout the year. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (586) 781-9113.

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Boat Rental

The Stony Creek Boat Rental Facility is located in the Mt. Vernon picnic area and offers the public the opportunity to rent five different types of water craft at extremely attractive rates.

Hours of Operation:

  • From Memorial Day to Labor Day the concession is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the last rental being made at 7 p.m. and all boats off the water by 8 pm.
  • Prior to the Memorial Day holiday, the concession is open weekends only in May. The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the last rental being made at 6 p.m. and all boats off the water by 7 p.m.
  • After Labor Day the concession hours are again reduced to weekends for the first two weekends in September. The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the last rental being made at 6 pm and all boats off the water by 7 p.m.

Boat Rental Fees

ItemPrice
One Person Kayak$8/hour
Two Person Kayak$10/hour
Canoe$8/hour
Paddleboats$15/hour
Rowboat$7/hour (Maximum$25)
Seniors: $5/hour (Maximum $20) – Weekdays Only (except holidays)
Swan/Dragon Pedal Boats$17/hour – 4/5 passengers
Rubber Ducky Pedal Boats$17/hour – 4/5 passengers
Cushions/Life JacketsPrice – $1, Deposit – $5


Terms of Rental

  • A $30 deposit, per boat is required.
  • Boat Rental a, cepts cash; Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • A valid drivers license or State issued picture ID is required to rent a boat (school ID’s are not acceptable).
  • Patrons must be 18 years old to rent a boat or to be in a boat alone.
  • Life vests (PFDs) are provided for each boat rental user.
  • No reservations are taken, boats are rented on a first come first served basis.
  • Weekends are often very busy, waiting lists are used as needed.

Maximum Capacity

  • Row Boats: 4 people
  • Canoe: 3 people
  • Paddle Boats: 4 people
  • Single Kayak: 1 person
  • Double Kayak: 2 people

Other Services Provided

  • Fishing bait (night crawlers) is available for purchase at both the Boat Rental and the Park Office.
  • Park publications, maps and other information.

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Boating

Reward yourself with panoramic vistas and a day of boating on 500-acre Stony Creek Lake at Stony Creek Metropark. A 6-ramp boat launch gives access to the water. A separate sailboard area is located near Eastwood Beach. Safe operation and a 10 mph speed limit are enforced. A Metroparks boat permit is required and can be purchased at the park office, toll booth, or online.

Boat Launch Permit (per watercraft)

  • Annual – $35
  • Seniors – $21
  • Daily – $10

Boat storage

Boat Storage summer rental spots are available for $600, winter rentals for $400. Please call the park office at (586) 781-4242 for more information.

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Camping

Ridgewood Campground in Stony Creek Metropark offers a secluded up-north experience with large sites and fire rings. In an effort to maintain the natural beauty of the campground area and protect trees from soil compaction, campsites are limited to one (1) camping vehicle (ie: motorhome, travel trailer, pop-up camper, truck camper) or two (2) tents. Once campers are unhooked & camp supplies are unloaded, motor vehicles must be parked in the parking lot next to the campground.

Preregistration with a full non-refundable payment is required along with standard vehicle entry fees. Must be 18 years or older to reserve. Stony Creek Metropark is located near Rochester/Washington Township. For additional information and reservations, contact Stony Creek Metropark at (586) 781-4242.

Organized Youth Groups

Overnight camping for organized youth groups is available at nearby Wolcott Mill Metropark. Bring your scout group or youth organization and camp under the stars in a tent or at the Shorian Lodge (accommodates 34 people). Reservations are required. Call (586) 752-5932 for reservations and more information.

To help stop the spread of forest pests and diseases, we strongly encourage campers to purchase campfire wood at the park.

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Disc Golf

Play on one of the most challenging disc golf courses in Michigan at Stony Creek Metropark. The Buckhorn disc golf course is a 36-hole championship course with serene wetlands, tallgrass prairies, dense thickets and wooded fairways. It’s located adjacent to the Gladeview Picnic Area.

An annual bag tag, which gives unlimited play at all Metropark courses, or a daily wristband is required to play.

  • Annual Bag Tag – $55
  • Senior/Junior (senior 62+, junior 20 & under) Annual Bag Tag – $35
  • Daily Wristband – $3
  • Children age 6 and under are free.

The Annual Bag Tag is available for purchase at the Stony Creek Park Office. Annual Bag Tags are also valid for the disc golf courses at Kensington, Hudson Mills, and Willow Metroparks. Please contact the Stony Creek park office if you should have any questions at (586) 781-4242.

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Nature Center

See live snakes, turtles, and fish, along with seasonal exhibits at the Stony Creek Nature Center, or hike along the self-guided nature trails. Park interpreters conduct interesting hikes and other programs including paddling a 34-foot Voyageur canoe to learn about Stony Creek Lake. Trail maps and program information are available at the Nature Center or Park Office. Please contact the Nature Center at (586) 781-9113.

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Fishing

Anglers love 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, teeming with bass, pike, walleye and panfish. The state record crappie was caught here. Fish on a barrier-free fishing pier, located on the west side of the boat launching area. Enjoy ice-fishing on both sections of Stony Creek Lake below 28 Mile Road in the winter. Fishing from bridges is prohibited.

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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is available at both sections of Stony Creek Lake below 28 Mile Road. Ice shanties must be marked on all four sides with names and addresses and must be registered at the Park Office if left overnight. Ice shanties must be removed before sundown the first Sunday in March and on a daily basis thereafter, or earlier if the ice becomes unsafe. A Michigan Fishing license is required.

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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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Go Ape! Zipline and Treetop Adventure

If you’re ready for a totally unique outdoor experience, its time to Go Ape! Way more than just zip lines, Go Ape is a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy as you take on suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines – all with an incredible view. Book Online Now!

  • Highest Platform: 50 Feet
  • Longest Crossing: 71 Feet
  • Longest Zip-line: 609 Feet
  • Total Length: 2970 Feet

If you have questions please contact Go Ape directly at 1 (800) 971 8271

Location

Stony Creek Metropark
3737 Southdale Drive
Washington, MI 48094 – Map Me

Pricing

  • Baboon (ages 10-15): $38
  • Orangutan (ages 16-17): $58
  • Gorilla (18+): $58

Restrictions

One participating adult (18+) is required to supervise up to two 10-15 year olds. Participating adults may not supervise from the ground. Sixteen and seventeen year olds do not require a participating adult. They require a waiver signed by either their legal guardian or an adult (18+) who has obtained permission from their legal guardian.

  • Minimum Age: 10 years
  • Minimum Height: 4 Feet 7 Inches (55 Inches)
  • Maximum Weight: 285 Pounds

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Golf

This 6,928-yard, par-72 course gives an “up north” feel with separated, heavily wooded fairways. Water hazards add to the challenge. Senior rates are available for guests age 55 and older. Junior rates are available for guests age 20 and younger. Stony Creek Metropark golf course is one of ten Huron-Clinton Metropark courses in southeast Michigan.

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Hiking

Explore more than 27 miles of trails hiking through thick woodlands, expansive fields, and wetlands at Stony Creek Metropark. Discover six miles of trails with moderately hilly terrain, near the Nature Center, for ample bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Explore Black Trail to reach the highest point of Macomb County, with stunning views of downtown Detroit on a clear day. Traverse 14 miles of hilly, heavily wooded dirt trails on the southwest side of the Metropark. Walk or run around scenic Stony Creek Lake on the paved 6.2 mile (10K) hike/bike trail. The trails vary from flat to hilly terrain.

Check out our newly opened “Trolley Trails” located across from Eastwood Beach. These trails are a multi-use system of trails enjoyed by both bikers and walkers. The Trolley Trails use a portion of the old interurban light rail system created in the early 1900’s to move people and goods to and from Detroit and the surrounding area.

If you are looking for something a bit more rustic, hike the “Inwood Trails” located in the northern section of the park. These are primitive trails for foot traffic only. Expect to find and traverse wet or muddy areas, moderate grades and side slopes, narrow boardwalks and minor obstacles.

While we are a pet-friendly park system we do have areas in the park where pets are not allowed. Pets are not allowed at Baypoint Beach, Eastwood Beach or north of the Stony Creek river in the Nature Center area. All pets must be on a six-foot leash and under control at all times.

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Fitness Trail

Run or walk along three different length trails, with exercise stations, located near Eastwood Beach. The course provides a balanced routine of physical activity, offering 0.75 miles, 1 mile, and 1.75 miles of trail.

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Kiteboarding/Snowkiting

Kiteboarding is a relatively new sport that is a mix between windsurfing, surfing, and wakeboarding. In the summer, bring your kiteboards and enjoy riding across the lake on a nice breeze. In the winter, snowkiting comes alive after a fresh snowfall. Using skis or snowboards, glide through the snow and ice on the lake. A staging area can be found at Eastwood Beach in the Day Sail Area. Whether you ride or just want to watch, come to Stony Creek Lake all year long!

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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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Paddleboarding

Jump on board and try something new as Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPS) are now available for rent at Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark, near Rochester/Washington Township.

Hailed as the world’s fastest growing water sport, stand up paddleboarding has quickly gained a reputation as a fun activity that is not very hard to learn. Stand up paddleboarding consists of standing on a 9- to 12-foot SUP while using a long paddle to navigate through the water.

Stand up paddleboards can be rented when the beach is open, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (Last Rental 7 p.m.), through Labor Day. The boards cost $12 per hour to rent.

Participants must be 18 years or older to rent a SUP, and must provide a valid driver’s license or State issued picture ID (school ID’s are not acceptable). Life vests are provided for each user. No reservations are taken as SUPS are rented on a first come first served basis. Cash and credit card is accepted.

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Picnicking

Picnic with family or friends amidst expansive fields, thick woodlands, and scenic Stony Creek Lake. Picnic areas with rentable shelters, grills, playgrounds, baseball diamonds and soccer, volleyball and basketball courts are located throughout the Metropark. Groups of 50 or more persons are requested to register at Stony Creek Metropark in advance by contacting (586) 781-4242.

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Play Areas

The very popular playscape, located near Eastwood Beach, takes up almost one acre of the beachfront and features the largest cabled spider web in Michigan, along with various slides, platforms, bridges, spinners and climbing structures. The playscape, also, includes seating areas and a walkway so parents can enjoy water views while watching the kids have fun on all of the different features the playscape has to offer!

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Swimming

Enjoy a summer day in the water at Baypoint and Eastwood Beaches at Stony Creek Metropark. Beaches are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the summer, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Comfort stations are offered at each beach. Food bars and first aid facilities are available everyday at Eastwood Beach. Fires, alcohol and glass containers are not permitted at the beaches.

Beaches at Stony Creek Metropark are no longer guarded. Both Baypoint and Eastwood beaches are swim at your own risk facilities.

While we are a pet-friendly park system we do have areas in the park where pets are not allowed. Pets are not allowed at Baypoint Beach, Eastwood Beach or north of the Stony Creek river in the Nature Center area. All pets must be on a six-foot leash and under control at all times.

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Water Facilities / Trippo Water Slide

The Trippo Water Slide has arrived and it’s MASSIVE! 50 feet high – 245 feet long! Single rides cost $2 or you can grab an all day, unlimited thrills wristband for only $12 per person.

Hours:
Weekday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Weeknd: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Height Requirement: 42″

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Cross-Country Skiing

Escape the winter blues by walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at Stony Creek Metropark. Enjoy great cardiovascular exercise as you glide across 13 miles of marked and groomed traditional cross-country ski trails, covering level to hilly terrain. Coast over snow-glazed trails on the golf course or mountain bike routes.

Cross-Country Ski Rental (weekends only)

  • 1/2 day full equipment pkg.
    • Adult: $15
    • Youth (under 16): $9
  • Group Rate (M-F only): Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation – $8/person
  • Skis only: $6
  • Boots only: $6
  • Poles only: $4

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Ice Skating

An ice skating rink is located on Stony Creek Lake near the boat launch area. A warming room has a heated lobby, vending machines, and restrooms. Hockey is allowed in designated areas next to the large general skating rink. No skate rentals.

Sledding

Experience a winter wonderland while sledding at Stony Creek Metropark. Dash down sledding hills located at the Gladeview and West Branch Picnic Areas.

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Snowboarding

Test your skills and enjoy a snowy, winter day while snowboarding at Stony Creek Metropark. Snowboards must be tethered to ankles.

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