Bear Creek Nature Park is a very attractive, easily assessable user-friendly park that’s almost hidden away in plain sight in the glacially sculpted rolling hills of Oakland Township. Unlike parks managed by our Metroparks and Oakland County Parks, permits are not needed to visit Bear Creek which is managed by Oakland Township Parks and Recreation. For more information on Bear Creek Park and other parks managed by Oakland Township Parks and Recreation, click here.

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July is Park & Recreation Month in Oakland County 

Crooked Lake at Independence Oaks

Join Oakland County as we honor National Park and Recreation Month to shine a light on the essential role parks play in building strong, vibrant and resilient communities.

This month is also an opportunity to recognize the many dedicated parks and recreation employees who work hard every day to maintain our county and community parks and to provide excellent recreation programming and services for Oakland County residents and visitors. 

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Picnic Shelters at Oakland County Parks

The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping – picnic season is here! Think about hosting your next family reunion, graduation party, company picnic, birthday party or other special event at an Oakland County Parks (OCP) picnic shelter.

  • Different sites can accommodate 20-500 guests
  • Sites include large outdoor cooking grills, sand volleyball and horseshoes pits
  • Special packages for mobile recreation units – including climbing towers and inflatables – are available (call Mobile Recreation at 248-858-0916 for more information)
  • Individuals/groups bring their own food or caterer for picnics and parties
  • Please note that any merchandise to be sold, banners, etc. must obtain prior OCP approval

Check out photos of OCP’s picnic shelters.

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