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.
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The wooded wetlands, rolling meadows, and upland forests attract a diverse population of birds. Bring your binoculars to view pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls, red-shouldered hawks, and warblers. Avid bird watchers may spot rare Henslow sparrows at Indian Springs Metropark. Nature interpreters maintain a park bird species list.
Environmental Discovery Center
Explore the diversity of Southeast Michigan’s native habitats. The Environmental Discovery Center (EDC) is a gateway into the complexity and beauty of prairies, wetlands, and woods, here for you to study, enjoy and appreciate.
The EDC features 60 acres of restored native prairie ecosystems as part of the 2500-acre park. The award-winning EDC building contains classrooms, a biology lab, and a 200-person event room used for a variety of school, scout, and public programs. The interactive exhibits feature the diversity of the park’s ecosystems. The underwater pond viewing room gives a below-the-water peek at pond life, including native fish and plants. Call (248) 625-7280 for information.
Enjoy the 2.5-mile equestrian trail loop within Indian Springs and more than 17 miles of connected trail at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. The parks loop connects to Pontiac Lake Recreation area by way of a tunnel under White Lake Road. Staging is not available at Indian Springs Metropark but is available at the staging area located at the end of Maceday Road within Proud Lake Recreation area.
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 6,688-yard, par-71 course with rolling fairways and undulating greens is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the area. Test your skills on the par-5 13th hole that plays 602 yards from the tips! Senior rates are available for guests age 55 and older. Junior rates are available for guests age 20 and younger. Indian Springs Metropark golf course is one of eight Huron-Clinton Metropark courses in southeast Michigan.
Self-guided nature trails on flat terrain meander through the wet woodlands, meadows, and fields. Find your way to the headwaters of the Huron River, and discover the area known as the Huron Swamp, one of the last great natural areas in Southeast Michigan. The parks longest trail takes you to spectacular Timberland Lake. Other trails crisscross streams, encircle the pond, and wander through various habitats including a native plant garden and oak openings. Start your exploration from the parking lot or building. The trails are open during posted park hours.
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.
Indian Springs Metropark provides a picture-perfect setting for picnics, reunions, and parties. Enjoy tables, grills, and picnic shelters spread throughout the Meadowlark picnic area. Kids can romp and play for hours at the adjacent Spray ‘N’ Play area that contains a spray park, adventure maze, rock-climbing wall, and playgrounds. Or use the picnic shelter near the Park Office. Shelters may be reserved by contacting the Park Office at (248) 625-6640.
There are two playgrounds located within the park. The Spray ‘N’ Play area at the North Meadowlark picnic area contains a spray pad, adventure maze, rock-climbing wall, cargo net, painted labyrinth, bucket spinners, and a hillside slide. The South Meadowlark picnic area has a large wooden play structure and swings. The playgrounds are open year-round.
Water Facilities: Spray ‘n’ Play
Children of all ages will enjoy the spray pad located within Indian Springs Metropark’s Spray ‘n’ Play. Get soaked by ground sprays, water cannons, and a dumping bucket. The spray park is located adjacent to other play features including a rock-climbing wall, cargo net, a fenced maze, a painted labyrinth, spinning buckets, and a hillside slide. The spray pad within the Spray ‘n’ Play area is open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Celebrate a fresh snowfall by cross-country skiing at Indian Springs Metropark. Glide across nearly 12 miles of trails on varied terrain, passing through scenic wooded areas and frozen wetlands, or try the open expanses on the golf course. The trails are groomed for classic / traditional Nordic skiing and accommodate beginner and intermediate skiers.
Bring your sleds or saucers to slide down the sledding hill in the Meadowlark Picnic Area at Indian Springs Metropark. It’s a great hill for younger kids.