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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

Cycle the 3.75 mile paved loop trail that winds past mature woodlands, Washago pond, and scenic views of the Huron River. The Willow trail has flat terrain and connects to other Metroparks. A 7.75 mile trail connector at the north end of the park links Willow to the to the north end of Lower Huron Metropark. A 3.25 mile trail connector at the south end of the park links Willow to the Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center. This hike-bike trail connecting Lower Huron Metropark and Willow Metropark creates a 25.75 mile round trip excursion within the Metroparks. The trail can be accessed from most parking lots in all 3 parks.

If you are looking to extend your ride, continue on the 11-mile trail connector that runs from Oakwoods Metropark through Flat Rock all the way down to Lake Erie Metropark ending at Lee Road by the Lake Erie Metropark Marina. This trail connector begins one quarter mile west of the Oakwoods Nature Center parking lot. This segment when combined with the other trail segments creates a 23.75-mile trail (47.5 miles out-and back) from Lower Huron Metropark to Lake Erie Metropark. These trail segments are part of the Iron Belle Trail system that will span the state of Michigan.

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Bike Rental

Bike rental is located next to Washago pond. Rentals require a $10 deposit. Family rental deposits are capped at $20.

  • 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. (Weekends Only)
ItemPrice
20” or 26” Single Speed$7/hour
Tandem$8/hour

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Boating

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

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Boat Rental

  • 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. (Weekends Only)
ItemPrice
Rowboat$5/hour
Single Kayak$8/hour
Double Kayak$10/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 basketball on the two courts located near the Willow Pool. Two sand volleyball courts are available near the pool area. A softball field is located at the Chestnut picnic area. Other softball fields with turf infields are scattered throughout the park. Soccer fields 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. 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 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

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 ice fishing on Washago Pond at Willow Metropark; ice permitting. 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 6,394-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 eight 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, 3.75 mile paved trail past woods, waters, and picturesque Washago Pond. The Willow trail has flat terrain and connects to other Metroparks. A 7.75 mile trail connector at the north end of the park links Willow to the to the north end of Lower Huron Metropark. A 3.25 mile trail connector at the south end of the park links Willow to the Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center. This hike-bike trail connecting Lower Huron Metropark and Willow Metropark creates a 25.75 mile round trip excursion within the Metroparks. The trail can be accessed from most parking lots in all 3 parks.

If you are looking to extend your hike, continue on the 11-mile trail connector that runs from Oakwoods Metropark through Flat Rock all the way down to Lake Erie Metropark ending at Lee Road by the Lake Erie Metropark Marina. This trail connector begins one quarter mile west of the Oakwoods Nature Center parking lot. This segment when combined with the other trail segments creates a 23.75-mile trail (47.5 miles out-and back) from Lower Huron Metropark to Lake Erie Metropark. These trail segments are part of the Iron Belle Trail system that will span the state of Michigan.

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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 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 Pool and 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 waterslide, play a game of water basketball, enjoy the spray featured, or just soak in the zero depth pool while your kids run through the water. 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.

Open May 27 – September 4

  • Weekends and Holidays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
ItemPrice
Pool Fee$4/person
Pool Fee – Twilight Rate (After 5 p.m.)$3/person
Pool Fee – Children Under 30″Free

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Cross-country Skiing

Ski more than six miles of marked, classically groomed trails past snow-glazed fields, picturesque woodlands, and the Huron River. A map of the ski trails can be found at the trailhead located near Washago Pond and the lighted sledding hills. Ski maps are also available at the Oakwoods Nature Center, Lower Huron Park Office, and the link below.

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Sledding

Dash down sledding hills located near Washago Pond and the Chestnut Picnic Area. The hills at Washago Pond are lit at night extending the opportunities for winter fun.

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