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 18 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.