Welcome to Island Lake!

Island Lake State Recreation Area, located near I-96 and Kensington Road between Brighton and Novi, was established in 1944 and has over 4,000 acres that provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Huron River, which is a significant natural and
cultural resources corridor, runs through the park.

The Park has 23 miles of marked, designated use trails for recreation and fitness activities. Land and water trails connect to three other State Recreation Areas, two Huron-Clinton Metroparks and numerous local parks. The park is historically and culturally significant as the first Dodge Park and as a location for a Spanish-American War encampment. The park contains scattered prehistoric sites, old farmsteads and graveyards. The park is located along land and water transportation routes utilized by Native Americans and early settlers.

NOTE: As of 1/2/17 the site is being updated, some new links and content may not work for a few days. Please come back and check out the changes soon!

Whats's Happening at Island Lake

Hikes, MeetUps, and More!

Island Lake is a great place to get together...

Hikes, MeetUps, and More!

Island Lake is a great place to get together...

Get Involved in 2017!

Thank you to our members, the many volunteers...

Get Involved in 2017!

Thank you to our members, the many volunteers...

The Friends Blog

First Day Hike – Thank you!

We were excited to see over 100 folks at our New Year's Day hike Island Lake Recreation Area....

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Get Involved in 2017!

Thank you to our members, the many volunteers for their hard work and sweat and all of you have...

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Canoe Portage Rail Grand Opening!

Today, we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new Canoe Portage Rail. This project,...

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Instagram – #islandlakefriends

  • It was an absolutely gorgeous Earth Day at Island Lake today.  We enjoyed our first trail work day of the year, with a small but mighty group of volunteers making a huge impact by removing dozens of trip hazards from the Hickory Ridge Hike & Ski Trail.  Thank you to all who helped, and to the Crossroads Group Sierra Club for their leading role in today's work.
  • #Repost @islandlakerec ・・・
Our Stewardship crew is out today doing a controlled burn in the Meadows Unit, so don't worry if you see smoke! These burns actually help to maintain a healthy ecosystem around the park. Thanks for the cool picture @arkley68! #Repost @repostapp
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Oh this will make for a great 1st ride, controlled burn at @islandlakerec
  • A great shot at Island Lake by @quisci ・・・
The first hike of 2017 and the last golden breath of winter vacation.
  • Photo by  @theforgetfulwanderer ・・・
What is your favorite place? This tree fell almost a decade ago,  and I still think of this place as my favorite spot to let nature re-energize me. The tree has fallen,  yet still lives on. Huron River Fishing Site. #midnr #miparks #islandlakefriends #islandlakerec @#islandlake
  • A beautiful shot of @islandlakerec by @bf5567 #islandlakefriends ・・・
Indian summer. #puremichigan #nature #fall #november #foilage #water #outdoors #warm #leaves #michigan #michigan #colors #sunshine #hike #hikingtrail
  • Join us for a two or five mile hike on Black Friday!  A year ago our friends @REI did something different on Black Friday—they shut the co-op’s doors and spent the day outside. This year they’re closing again and The Friends of Island Lake have decided to #OptOutside with them. Join us and bring friends. Check out the link in our profile. #islandlakefriends

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