Poison Sumac: Tale of a Toxic Trailside Beauty

red poison sumac

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

As the crisp days of autumn draw near, I increase my explorations of the wondrous world of our wetlands, swamps, and marshlands. They take on a special peaceful splendor in the waning days of summer, especially in the dawn’s early light. The wetland-embracing trails on the wilder side of Oakland County lure me in as surely as honey bees fly to flowers for nectar and pollen. However, this year as in the years before, I will be watchful for and ever wary of one wetland plant in particular. This plant presents a clear and present danger to humans that have the misfortune of making physical contact. Even touching or brushing against any part of this toxic trailside beauty may lead to a world of woe and in some severe cases of exposure, a visit to an emergency department follows.

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Oakland County Indoor Activities

Great Lakes Crossing sign in Auburn Hills.

There are so many opportunities for indoor fun in Oakland County! Take a trip to a mall, jump around at a trampoline center, or attempt an exciting escape room puzzler. With more than 200 locations for indoor fun in the county, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect activity for you.

Click the button below to check out our full list of indoor fun, or scroll down to use our interactive map.

Indoor Fun in Oakland County

Head over to Palazzo di Bocce in Lake Orion or Whirlyball in Novi for unique sporting experiences, catch a show at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, or play arcade games and laser tag at Safari Playground in Walled Lake.

For an entire day of fun, visit Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills and check out their new Michigan themed play area, catch a movie at AMC Star Great Lakes, visit Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, or go bowling and play arcade games, karaoke, billiards, ping-pong, and darts at Round 1 Bowling & Amusement.

Use our interactive map to find locations near you. The legend lists a wide range of activities, like archery, arts and crafts, gymnastics, ice and roller skating, museums, rock climbing, theaters, and many more.

Map listing various indoor locations in Oakland County, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms, and movie theatres.

Do you know about another indoor activity in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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Swimming Under the Oakland County Sun

Oakland County is home to a huge variety of perfect swimming spots where we can cool off during the hot summer weather. Plenty of parks lay lakeside and house beautiful beaches, such as Groveland Oaks County Park in Holly or Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston. If you prefer pools, you can find a pool at Civic Center Park in Southfield or the Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights. If you do like the sand, and are looking for adventure, you can find splash pads and water obstacles at the WhoaZone at Heron Beach in Holly or the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake. 

For a complete list of swimming spots across Oakland County, visit our master list using the button below.

List of Swimming Spots in Oakland County

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