The 13 individual Metroparks that comprise the Huron-Clinton Metroparks each offer a variety of activities 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.
The Huron River has been designated as the 18th trail of the National Water Trail System, joining a network of nation exemplary water trails from Puget Sound to the Hudson River. The stretch of river from the Kent Lake Dam in Livingston County to the Barton Dam in Washtenaw County has also been designated as a Natural Rivers Area by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This river protection effort protects the natural quality of select river systems throughout the state.
Canoes, kayaks, and boats can be unloaded and carried down to the Huron River at the Cedar Ridge picnic area. Vehicles must remain in the parking lot and are not allowed to drive into the picnic area for unloading or pickup.
Canoes and kayaks are welcome on Maltby lake. No gasoline powered motors allowed on the lake. Kayaks and canoes can be unloaded and carried down to the lake at the lake access point near the golf starter building. Vehicles must be moved to the Golf Course parking lot and can’t be left along the road.
Huron Meadows Metropark offers the perfect setting for your next fishing day trip. Anglers commonly catch bluegill, sunfish and smallmouth bass in the peaceful waters of Maltby Lake. Try shore fishing along the Huron River and Maltby Lake. A large barrier-free fishing pier, accessible by ramp or steps, is located at the Sunset Ridge Picnic Area on Maltby Lake. Ice fishing is allowed when weather conditions permit.
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.
This outstanding par-72, 6,663-yard course with rolling fairways is scenic and challenging. Senior rates are available for guests age 55 and older. Junior rates are available for guests age 20 and younger. Huron Meadows Metropark golf course is one of eight Huron-Clinton Metropark courses in southeast Michigan.
There are over eleven miles of trails that lead hikers through fields and woodlands.
Access the trails south of Hammel Road at Cedar Ridge picnic area. The trailhead for these trails is located next to the restroom building.
Access the trails north of Hammel Road from the Sunset Ridge trailhead or a trailhead located a little northwest of the golf course parking lot. The Cedar Trace trail begins at the golf course trailhead. The Maltby Vista trail can be accessed from either trailhead.
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 Southern Michigan Orienteering Club (SMOC) has installed a 26 permanent checkpoint orienteering course at Huron Meadows. Locations range from beginner to advanced. Among their three permanent courses, this is the most suitable for beginners. Visit smoc-runs.com for additional information and to purchase maps. Digital downloads for maps are not available.
Three picnic areas are located within the park and provide a variety of enjoyable family activities and access to recreation. Sunset Ridge Picnic Area has a picnic shelter, children’s play area, softball field, restrooms, great access to hiking trails, great access to the parks accessible fishing pier, and has spectacular views of Maltby Lake. Acorn Ridge Picnic Area has a picnic shelter, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, children’s play area, and restrooms. Both of these picnic areas are located north of Hammel Road and are adjacent to Maltby Lake. Cedar Ridge Picnic Area is the only picnic area located south of Hammel Road and is located near the Huron River. It has a picnic shelter, sand volleyball court, swings, slide, large open sports field area, and great access to several hiking trails. It is also the only spot within the park where you can launch a canoe or kayak on the Huron River. To reserve these shelters, please contact the Hudson Mills Metropark office at (734) 426-8211.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
**All winter activities are now closed for the season.**
Huron Meadows Metropark is one of just a few parks in southeast Michigan that offers skate-style and classically groomed cross-country ski trails. Choose among more than 15 miles of trails groomed for tracked, classic skiing over easy to moderate terrain, or more than 11 miles of trails groomed for skate-style skiing on moderate terrain with rolling hills. Plus, we have Bucks Run, a 1.5-mile loop made from snow shot from our snow guns. The trail is lighted at night and open even if there isn’t much snow!
A Bucks Run pass is $5 daily or $125 for the season. Several trail heads provide access to this expansive ski trail network. Come join in on the fun!
- Bucks Run Trail – Open, groomed.
- Other Groomed Trails – Open – Real Time Conditions and Grooming Updates from Nordic Ski Racer
The Morain Fen trail and the Hidden Lake trail are both located south of Hammel Road and provide 3 miles of trail for snowshoeing. The trail head for these trails along with other classic style ski trails is located next to the Cedar Ridge restroom building.
The Ski Center (Golf Starter Building) features classic-style and skate-style ski rentals and a heated lounge, restrooms, and snacks. Dogs are not allowed on ski trails. Snowshoes are not available at the Ski Center.
**Our Ski Center is now closed for the season.**
Ski center is open Mondays – Fridays 2pm – 7pm, Saturdays 9am – 7pm and Sundays 9am – 5pm when conditions are suitable. Last available rental is two hours prior to ski center closing.
Please check-in inside the Ski Center building at your registered start time. We are staggering available start times to limit the number of people in our building as a pandemic precaution at this time. Not arriving at your scheduled time may result in cancellation of your reservation.
Rental equipment must be returned half hour prior to ski center closing.
Equipment rentals must be reserved online no more than 5 days in advance. Limited reservations available. At this time we are not allowing group rentals. Read all of our Covid-19 precautions by clicking here. No refunds.
|Full Equipment Package||Adult: $15|
Youth (under 16): $9
Group Rate (Mon – Fri Only): $8
|Adaptive Sit Ski||$6 (must call 24 hours in advance to reserve)|
|Bucks Run daily/season pass||$5/$125 (can not be purchased online)|
Maltby Lake is open to ice fishing as conditions permit. A Michigan fishing license is required.