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.
Kids will enjoy daily outings at Camp Rotary. Located on the banks of the Clinton River, they can meander through woodlands and meadows during the day. The overnight group camp is limited to scout and organized youth groups. Call (586) 752-5932 for reservations and more information.
Explore Southeastern Michigan’s beautiful, starry sky with astronomical events at Wolcott Mill Metropark, one of the area’s best places to view the night sky. The Warren Astronomical Society holds events and operates and maintains the observatory. 4-H groups and other equine organizations use the three show rings.
Facility Rental Fees
- Activities Building:
- Monday through Thursday (9 a.m. – midnight) – $450
- Friday, Saturday & Sunday (9 a.m. – midnight) – $500
- Pavilion: $200
- Pavilion if rented with Activities Building: $100
Bring your scout group or youth organization and camp under the stars at Wolcott Mill Metropark. Sleep in a tent amidst flourishing woodlands, meadows, and the north branch of the Clinton River or spend the night at the Shorian Lodge (accommodates 34 people). Reservations are required. Call (810) 227-8919 for reservations and more information.
Lodge, Camping Fees
- Shorian Lodge: $220 Weekend Rate (Single nights available at 1/2 Rate)
- Day camp rate: First Day/Night $35 per event/troop/group (Additional $15/Day)
- Tent camp rate: First Day/Night $35 per event/troop/group (Additional $15/Day)
Beginning at the Camp Rotary staging area, enjoy 9.25 miles of trails that meander through woods, meadows and along the Clinton River. A release waiver and bridle tag is required. To obtain a tag, please contact the Farm Center Office. Pets and biking are prohibited on the trails.
Get a glimpse of rural life at Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center. Visit the 250-acre working farm and see live animals including cows, chickens, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, and horses. Wolcott Mill Farm is the only public farm where you can see all six heritage breeds dairy of cows. The interpretive staff conducts programs on a wide variety of subjects such as milk, lamb and wool production, soil and water conservation, sustainable agriculture, food processing and modern farming techniques. Click Here to learn more about the Farm Center.
Take a trip down memory lane with a visit to the Historic Center at Wolcott Mill Metropark. From 1847 to 1967, the grist and feed mill operated and the barn served as a stable, and later, a sales area. Today, the historic buildings and surrounding land offer you a rare glimpse of the past. Machinery in the mill is all original, left in place when it shut down in 1967. The equipment dates from all periods of operation, and many have been reconditioned to demonstrate the mill workings. The barn now acts as a museum featuring the history of American barns, an antique buggy, farming equipment and tools. Click Here to learn more about the Historic Center.
Historic Center Rental Fees
- Building Rental – Mill/Warehouse
- Monday – Friday (two-hour minimum) – $35/hour
- Saturday and Sunday – $50/hour
- All Day (9-5pm) – $200
- Evening (two-hour minimum) – $75/hour
- Evening after first two hours (each additional hour) – $60/hour
- Riverfront Wedding Ceremony Site
- After 5 p.m. – $175
Fish for bluegills at the Farm pond, or catch smallmouth bass, suckers or panfish along the banks of the North Branch of the Clinton River at the Historic Center, Farm Center, or Camp Rotary. A Michigan Fishing license is required.
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.
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.
The Wolcott Mill Metropark offer numerous settings for photographing nature scenes throughout the seasons. Professional photographers are required to register at the park office and to purchase a permit for using the Wolcott Mill Metropark grounds for paid sittings. Please contact the park office for more information and to obtain a pass.
- Daily – Two-hour Minimum – $150/hour
- Yearly Permit – $150
Photo shoots by appointment only.
The pastoral scenery, lush woodlands, and winding Clinton River at Wolcott Mill Metropark provide the perfect setting for your next picnic or group outing. Two picnic shelters at the farm offer quiet gathering points for family, groups or business outings. Or, enjoy a picnic at Camp Rotary near the river and wooded area. Comfort stations and tables are provided. View More Shelter Info
Picnic Shelter Reservations
- Standard Shelter: $225
- Mill Gazebo: $150