Pitch a Tent, Light the Bonfire

Spring is here, so it’s time to bring out your camping gear!

Oakland County’s natural splendor is on full display at the 16 campsites, 62 swimming spots, and 100 fishing holes. From Ortonville State Recreation Area down to Haas Lake Park RV Campground, the perfect wilderness getaway is always close at hand.

To find a campground or campsite near you use our interactive map or view a complete list of locations here.

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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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Indian Springs Metropark: It’s all about habitat for three species

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

IMG_3336Indian Springs Metropark sparkles with adventure during the sultry days of summer. The “Spray ‘n’ Play” area keeps toddlers and children cool – and mom and dad happy.   Beautiful picnic areas are abundant.  Golfers purse their passion on a challenging 18-hole course.  A paved bike trail embraces prairie areas and woodlands.

The Environmental Discovery Center is a nature-lovers delight rich with nature displays and scientific facts.  This 2,215 acre parkland located just nine miles northwest of Pontiac, managed by Huron-Clinton Metroparks, has excellent habitat for the Compass Plant, the 13-lined Ground Squirrel and the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

This is their habitat story from the “Wilder Side Of Oakland County“:

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IMG_3349Indian Springs provides more than just a glimpse of what the landscape of Oakland County and much of Southeast Michigan looked like more than a century ago; it has tall grass, prairie remnants, with perhaps the Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum ) being the most obvious species.   This sunflower-like plant grows 10 to 12 feet tall and towers over other flora in the Environmental Discovery Center prairie area, a restored landscape managed with carefully planned, prescribed fires.

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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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