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

Cycle along a winding, 4.5 miles, paved hike-bike path past mature woodlands, Washago pond and scenic views of the Huron River. The flat course connects to Lower Huron and Oakwoods Metroparks for a 30-mile ride, roundtrip. Bike rental is available at Washago Pond.

Bicycle Rental

  • 20” or 26” single speed – $6/hour
  • Tandem – $8/hour
  • Deposit – $10
  • Maximum Deposit – $20/family

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Boating

Spend an afternoon on the 17-acre Washago Pond at Willow Metropark. Paddleboats and rowboats are available at the rental center. Private and gas boats are not permitted.

Hours:

  • May – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Weekends Only
  • Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Weekends & Holidays
  • September – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – First Two Weekends
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Boat Rental Fees

ItemPrice
Rowboat$8/hour
Paddleboat$10/hour
Dragon Character Paddleboat$17/hour


Terms of Rental

  • A $10 deposit, per boat, is required.
  • Boat Rental accepts 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.

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Court Games

Play a pick-up game of three-on-three at basketball courts at Willow Metropark. Softball diamonds, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits are available throughout the park.

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Disc Golf

Challenge yourself to a game of disc golf on the 24-hole Willow Disc Golf Course. Play along a flat terrain with the longest hole over 700 feet. The course begins near the Acorn picnic area. Bringing bug spray during the warmer months is highly recommended.

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 Lower Huron Park Office. Annual Bag Tags are also valid for the disc golf courses at Kensington, Hudson Mills, and Stony Creek Metroparks. Please contact the Lower Huron park office if you should have any questions at (734) 697-9181.

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Entertainment

Relax and enjoy weekend summer entertainment programs and special events at the Willow Pool Activity Center. Activities are held inside during inclement weather. Check the events calendar for specific programs and dates.

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Fishing and Ice Fishing

Cast your line into the crisp water as you shoreline fish along the Huron River or Washago Pond. A serene, natural setting and wildlife viewing complete your experience. Common catches include bluegill, bass, perch, and sunfish. Free fishing gear is available for loan to Metropark visitors.

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Ice Fishing

Enjoy a favorite pastime in the winter months, ice fishing on Washago Pond at Willow Metropark. Popular winter catches include bass and perch.

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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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Golf

Long, narrow tree-lined fairways, water on nine holes and six sharp doglegs will test your skills on this 6,397-yard, par-71 course. Entrance is east of I-275 on Huron River Drive, just north of West Road. Senior rates are available for guests age 55 and older. Junior rates are available for guests age 20 and younger. Willow Metropark golf course is one of ten Huron-Clinton Metropark courses in southeast Michigan

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Hiking

Discover the sights and sounds of nature as you hike through Willow Metropark. Follow a winding, 4.5-mile paved trail past woods, waters and picturesque Washago Pond. Extend your journey further along the trail, which connects to Lower Huron Metropark to the north and Oakwoods Metropark to the south. The entire paved 15-mile hike/bike trail through woodlands and along the Huron River connects to Lower Huron and Oakwoods Metroparks. The footpath teems with wildlife with a chance to glimpse a white-tailed deer, fox or swans.

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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.

Playscapes

The very popular playscape, located near the Foodbar features various slides, platforms, bridges, spinners and climbing structures. The playscape, also, includes seating areas so parents can enjoy park views while watching the kids have fun on all of the different features the playscape has to offer!

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Swimming

Cool off at the swimming pool: glide down the family slide, play a game of water basketball or just soak in the shallow area while your kids run through the water.

  • Pool fee – $4 per person
  • Twilight rate (after 5:00 pm) – $3 per person
  • Children under 30″ – Free

Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 48” need to be accompanied by an adult to ride the slide.  A food bar is located near the swimming pool.

Hours:

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Cross-country Skiing

Ski more than six miles of marked, groomed trails past snow-glazed fields, picturesque woodlands, and the Huron River. Ski maps are available at the Oakwoods Nature Center and Lower Huron Park Office.

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Sledding and Tobogganing

Dash down hills near Washago Pond and the Chestnut Picnic Area for hours of winter fun. Snowboards are not permitted on either sled hill.

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