Fetchin’ Fun, Pawesome Play at the Oakland County Waterparks

It wasn’t just another day at the park.

Oakland County Waterparks are officially closed for the summer. The closed sign prominent at the front gate, but last weekend families and their dogs were invited in for a little fetch and a lot of fun.

Tennis balls littered the pool as dozens of dogs dove in from all sides, using their best doggy-paddle to reach the closest one.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation‘s Waterford Oaks Waterpark and Red Oaks Waterpark hosted the 11th annual dog swim on September 10th and 11th; and it was clear, all dogs were in heaven dipping and diving into the blue water of the park’s wave pool.

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Slide, dip or dive at Oakland County’s Waterparks

The light chatter of children’s laughter can be heard over the whooshing of waterfalls and running water.

Slipping and sliding, playing and floating, Oakland County Parks and Recreation’s Waterparks will be a hit with the family every time.

Choose between Red Oaks Waterpark, located in Madison Heights and Waterford Oaks Waterpark, located in Waterford Township. Both contain similar attractions.

Features found at Red Oaks allow guests to ride the waves in the wave-action pool, head down a triple turn waterslide and get literally soaked in the soak station.

Similar to Red Oaks, Waterford Oaks also offers a wave pool adorned with palm trees near the shore. Waterford Oaks also features a tipping bucket in their ‘Big Bucket’ playground, complete with waterfalls and sprays.

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Both waterparks take rafting to a new level. Relax and float down the ‘River Ride’, a 990-foot long moving lazy river at Red Oaks, or hit the ‘Ragin’ Rapids’ at Waterford Oaks, a group raft ride that begins three stories high.

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Make a Splash – Swim Oakland County

It’s been hot and humid, true to most Michigan summers. The weather is beautiful, but everyone needs a way to beat the heat. Summer temperatures have peaked in the 90s, leaving Oakland County residents looking for places to cool off.

Slip down slides, splish-splash at a splash pad, take a dip at one of Oakland County’s many beaches or dive in at your local community pool. There are an abundance of community swimming spots to get relief from the heat – while enjoying quality time with the family.

Find an Oakland County waterpark, pool, splash pad or beach near you using our interactive map or full list of publicly accessible swimming spots in and around the county that residents can enjoy.

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It’s a Fetchin’ Good Time

Fetch is the game, dog park is the name! Whether your four-legged friends are putting their doggy-paddling skills to the test, or racing for a sailing tennis ball, Oakland County Dog Parks provide three locations where all dogs can run, jump and play.

Vast open spaces, complete with trails, lakes and fields, give way to an earthly heaven for all dogs (and their owners). It’s the perfect place for you and your pooch to exercise and socialize.

All Oakland County Dog Parks, including Red Oaks Dog Park, located in Madison Heights, Lyon Oaks Dog Park, located in Wixom and Orion Oaks Dog Park, located in Lake Orion are open to the public.

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The Bog, the Swamp and the Dawn of Spring

The Wilder Side of Oakland County

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In these warming, waning days of winter, signs of spring’s approach are everywhere, but she leaves her most obvious door-knocking notices near our bogs and swamps. Henry David Thoreau wrote His soft warble melts in the ear, as the snow is melting in the valleys around. The bluebird comes and with his warble drills the ice and sets free the rivers and ponds and frozen grounds.” Those words are true today: the eastern bluebird flits above meadows of crusty snow and perches on branches and old fence posts at the edges of swamps on the wilder side of Oakland County. At this very moment, something seemingly odd and other worldly is happening in our swamps. It’s an event that always seems to occur just as the warble of bluebirds sweetens the day. Continue reading