More Than A Walk In The Woods: Graham Lakes Trail

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Bald Mountain State Recreation Area is a 4,637-acre multi-use wildland managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR describes the landscape accurately with their frequently used sentence of, “The Park contains some of the steepest hills and most rugged terrain in southeast Michigan and features fifteen miles of marked hiking trails.” I knew that. I thought I knew all of the Bald Mountain State Recreation Area trails very well. I did not. Somehow, in all my many adventures at Bald Mountain, I missed four miles of forested trail that circles West Graham Lake, East Graham Lake, and hidden vernal ponds. As John Muir wrote, and I have shared before, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Once again his words were accurate, and they will be for you as well, if you walk slowly, stop often, look and listen. Continue reading

Midwinter Fun in Summer Temperatures

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Itching to go out, but winter weather’s keeping you in?  We have the list for you! Whether you’re looking for a night out at the movies, a dip in the pool, or an escape room puzzler, Oakland County’s comprehensive Indoor Activity List offers a host of experiences for all ages and interests.

To find an indoor activity near you, use our interactive map. You may also view a complete list of locations here.

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Fetchin’ Fun, Pawesome Play at the Oakland County Waterparks

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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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Summer Safety Series: Swimming

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Being out in open water is one of the best parts of summer! But it’s vitally important to stay safe while you are swimming. Take a look at Oakland County Sheriff’s swimming safety tips before taking a dip in your favorite lake or pool.

Swimming Safety Tips

When you’re out on the water it is very important to:

  • Know how to swim
  • Never swim alone
  • Always swim in a designated area with a lifeguard on duty
  • Keep an eye on little ones, they should never be more than a few feet away
  • Never dive head first into water, diving in to water and not knowing how deep or shallow it is can cause serious injuries
  • Never go swimming or operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol

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Make a Splash this Summer at Red Oaks & Waterford Oaks Waterparks!

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Looking for an awesome way to spend the day with your friends and family? Head over to Red Oaks or Waterford Oaks Waterparks for tons of water fun in the sun! Oakland County Waterparks offer water themed features that are perfect for all ages to enjoy. Take a dip in a wave pool, relax on a river ride, or splash around in a water playground. You can enjoy concessions or bring your own picnic items and dine under one of their huge umbrellas, canopies or pavilions. You’ll have it made in the shade!  Continue reading