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KENSINGTON METROPARK
4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48381
(810) 227-8910
Park Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Park Office Hours:
8 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily
Park Fees: $10 Daily Vehicle or Boat Pass OR Annual Passes DETAILS

Please be advised, construction is being done on I-96 which will cause delays. Remember to allow yourself extra time to arrive to Kensington Metropark.

Kensington Metropark offers 4,481 acres of wooded, hilly terrain surrounding beautiful Kent Lake and is home to an abundance of wildlife and waterfowl. Come enjoy a multitude of recreation opportunities throughout the year, from biking and boating to cross-country skiing and ice fishing. Take a swim at one of our beaches; get soaked at the Splash ‘n’ Blast; or just spend the day fishing, hiking or picnicking along the water. Take a tour aboard the Island Queen; hit the tees for a round of golf; or spin through a game of disc golf. In winter, enjoy a day flying down a sledding hill.

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Accessibility

Your Huron-Clinton Metroparks are committed to removing barriers, creating and improving access and increasing recreational opportunities for all.  As we look to the future, we will develop, update and improve facilities to meet or exceed ADA requirements – and look for ways to remove barriers to access so that individuals of all abilities have equitable access to Metroparks facilities, programs, services and activities. Click here to learn more about accessibility and how to request an accommodation at your Metroparks. 

HOW ACCESSIBLE ARE YOUR METROPARKS? We want your input on what accessible features are most important to you. Click here to learn more and take the survey.

Adaptive Paddling Equipment

At Boat Rental, we now have three different types of adaptive paddling equipment available.

  • Hand adaptation is a back-of-the-hand grip designed for use by those who have some hand function and can grip the paddle shaft on their own, but need a bit more support.
  • Wrist adaptation is available for those who are not able to grasp the paddle shaft.
  • Paddle Pivot allows one-arm control of the kayak.

Click here to learn more about each type of adaptive equipment.

All-Terrain Beach Wheelchair Rental (on land)

The Debug All-Terrain Wheelchair is designed to safely provide wheelchair users or those who would have a harder time walking on the beach with transportation across areas where a conventional wheelchair becomes less manageable such as sandy or rocky beaches. This wheelchair is not to be used in water. It comes with an attachable umbrella and cup holder.

Kensington Metropark has one All-Terrain Beech Wheelchair available to rent for free, allowing visitors the ability to enjoy the sand at Martindale Beach. The chair is available to rent during summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Please note, a companion or attendant is required as Metroparks staff will not be able to assist with transfers or pushing the wheelchair on the beach.

Before use or rental, please view the video DeBug All-Terrain Beach Wheelchair Demonstration Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ilssiusHk.

  • The All-Terrain Beach Chair is recommended for ages 9 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Two rental times available at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • The maximum weight restriction is 275 pounds.

Chair rentals are made online up to one week before and no less than the day before. You can also call the Metropark Park office for help with your reservation at 810.227.8910.

Click here to reserve!


Funded by a grant from National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

Beaches

Maple Beach has family changing rooms available in the recently constructed restroom building. Mats placed on the sand provide beach access. An adjacent playground was designed using universal design principals.

Martindale Beach has family changing rooms and outdoor shower facilities available. A mat provides access across the sand for beach access. Accessible tables are located at the plaza near the concession area and restroom facilities.

Boat Launch

West Boat Launch area has an accessible floating dock, launch and gangway, two pea stone/sand launch areas, parking lot restriping, accessible picnic tables and grills, accessible walkways and an accessible vault latrine restroom.

Farm Center

Paved walkways from the parking lot provide access to most the Farm Center facilities, except for the Living History Village and Sugar Bush areas.

An elevator is available in the Main Barn to navigate between floors.

Click here to view all accessibility features at the Farm Center.

Floating Beach Wheelchair Rental (in water)

The Debug EZ Roller Floating Surf Wheelchair allows visitors to enjoy dipping your toes in the sand and feeling the spray of the surf. This wheelchair is a breeze to move across the sand directly into the water. It comes with an attachable umbrella and cup holders.

Kensington Metropark has one Floating Beech Wheelchair available to rent for free, allowing visitors the ability to enjoy the sand and water at Martindale Beach. The chair is available to rent during summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Please note, a companion or attendant is required as Metroparks staff will not be able to assist with transfers or pushing the wheelchair on the beach or in the water.

Before use or rental, please view the video DeBug EZ Roller Floating Surf Wheelchair Demonstration Video at https://youtu.be/V0vcWhLT1SI.

  • The All-Terrain Beach Chair is recommended for ages 9 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Two rental times available at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • The maximum weight restriction is 275 pounds.

Chair rentals are made online up to one week before and no less than the day before. You can also call the Metropark Park office for help with your reservation at 810.227.8910.

Click here to reserve!


Funded by a grant from National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

Golf Cart

An accessible golf cart is available, when playing a round, at the Kensington Metropark golf course. Reservations can be made by calling the course, 810-227-8916, a minimum of 24 hours in advance. 

GRIT All-Terrain Freedom Wheelchair Rental

The GRIT Freedom Chair is a manual all-terrain wheelchair built to explore the outdoors! It is a mix between a manual wheelchair and a mountain bike, allowing the user to navigate trails. This chair rolls over rocks, roots, sand, and mud, allowing users to explore almost any trail.

One GRIT Freedom Chair is available for rent at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center, allowing users to explore the Kensington nature trails. The chair is available to rent for FREE Tuesday through Sunday each week between May 1 and October 31. Please note, a companion or attendant is suggested as Metroparks staff will not be able to assist with transfers.

The Freedom Chair has a seat width of 20″ and a comfort cushion, 26″ mountain bike wheels, and a MIT-designed and patented lever system with a pull-back brake system.

Before use, please view the video Riding the GRIT Freedom Chair: Basic Tips and Tricks at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlOqf7cVjMw.

  • The Freedom Chair is recommended for ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Two rental times are available at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays each week between May 1 and October 31.
  • The maximum weight restriction is 300 pounds.

Chair rentals are made online up to one week before and no less than the day before. Click here to reserve the GRIT All-Terrain Freedom Wheelchair!

Hike-Bike Trail

The paved Hike-Bike Trail is almost 12 miles. An 8.5-mile loop takes you around Kent Lake and has several steep hills. The steepest hill is located near the Playfield Picnic Area.

A trailhead kiosks located near the West Boat Launch parking lot and Upper East Boat Launch parking lots are set in concrete pads enabling greater access to park and trail information. The associated bicycle repair stations can double as wheelchair repair stations.

Dogs are allowed on the trails, but must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.

Nature Center

The Nature Center has push button door access and a variety of accessible exhibits inside.

Outside the building, an accessible viewing scope can be found at Kingfisher Lagoon Overlook. And, the Amphitheater is an accessible outdoor learning space for Nature Center programs.

Click here to view all accessibility features of the Nature Center.

Nature Trails

Trails vary in length from half a mile to two miles and can be combined for an even longer walk. Trails are mainly level, unpaved gravel paths with wooden bridges and boardwalks. Portions of Chickadee and Wildwing Trails are steep. Occasionally woodland trails may be blocked with debris such as fallen tree limbs.  Nature trails are not cleared or salted in the winter and may be snow-covered, slippery or muddy.

Picnic Shelters

We’re adding new accessible picnic tables and grills to several picnic shelters throughout the park system. Work continues on installation of new concrete grill pads and securing picnic tables in arrangements that allow for unobstructed movement around them. Picnic shelter rental information will be updated on our website as changes are made.

Playgrounds

Located at Maple Beach, the newly construction playground was designed using universal design principals and contains a ramped playground structure surrounded by a variety of other features designed for inclusivity, accessibility and fun. The playground has play features for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12. Playground features include sensory-friendly equipment, transfer-stations onto the playscape, spaces for quiet independent play, dignity landings on slides and more. The equipment is on a solid, rubber safety surfacing. Suggested parking is the van accessible parking spaces and utilizing the accessible walkways on the side. Family changing rooms are located nearby.

Located at Martindale Beach, this playground has play features for kids ages 2-5 to 5-12. Playground features include climbing structures, slides, spinners and transfer stations. Equipment is on engineered wood fiber (wood mulch) safety surfacing.

Located near the West Boat Launch Picnic Area, is playground for kids ages 2-5. It features belt swings, tot swings and larger harness swings, as well as a small climbing structure with slides. Equipment is on engineered wood fiber (wood mulch) safety surfacing.

Splash 'n' Blast

A paved walkway provides access to the Splash ‘n’ Blast. All ground spray features and water cannons are accessible and located on a poured-in-place rubber surfacing. Accessible picnic tables are located within the facility.

Family changing rooms and outdoor showers are available outside the fenced in Splash ‘n’ Blast.

Kensington Events

What are you doing this week? This weekend? All year long? If you’re not sure, you’ve come to the right spot! Your Huron-Clinton Metroparks offer hundreds of events and program all year long, so you’ll never run out of things to do. You’ll find glorious nature AND classes, crafting, concerts, competitions – and that’s just the C’s. They’re your Metroparks. See more and do more all year long. Explore Kensington’s events below.

PARK FEATURES
UPCOMING EVENTS

From nature hikes to fireworks, Movies in the Park to meeting the Dairy cows – Explore the calendar to find and register for upcoming events and programs.

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