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

  • A quiet hike through inspiring colors.
  • Brilliant colors in the park! Come see for yourself!  Thanks @theforgetfulwanderer
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The colors have arrived in southeast Michigan!
  • And an amazing sunset! Thanks to @mrk.blm for sharing! ・・・
Watching that sun set...
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#puremichigan #puremittigan #puremichiganders #puremittempride #michigan_wanderlust #outdoors  #lifeinthemitten #limitlesslakeshore #michiganawesome #mittenlove #michigan #awesomemitten #michiganders #photography #explore #exploreeverything #naturalmichigan #islandlake #water #labradorretriever #pawesome #dogsofinstagram #yellowlab #sunset #dogsthathike #nature #michiganphotographers #canonphotography #canon_photos
  • Looks like fun day at Island Lake, 
#Repost @mrk.blm (
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Serious game of catch!
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#puremichigan #puremittigan #puremichiganders #puremittempride #michigan_wanderlust #outdoors  #lifeinthemitten #limitlesslakeshore #michiganawesome #mittenlove #michigan #awesomemitten #michiganders #photography #explore #exploreeverything #naturalmichigan #islandlake #water #labradorretriever #pawesome #dogsofinstagram #yellowlab #dogcatcher #nature #michiganphotographers #canonphotography #canon_photos #amateurphotography
  • A beautiful roadside view in the park shared by @bethhowellphotos. The park is very much coming alive!  @islandlakerec @michigandnr @mistateparks ......... #Repost @bethhowellphotos (@get_repost)
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Springtime tree tunnel #islandlakestatepark #spring #green #landscapephotography #photooftheday #puremichigan #puremittigan #mittenlove #midwestmoment #treetunnel #lpm#Repost @bethhowellphotos (@get_repost)
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  • Looks like it was an amazing evening for a paddle on the Huron River Water Trail tonight. The water is still running high, be careful out there! #Repost @theforgetfulwanderer ・・・
Hopping in the Huron River, finally my first paddle of the year! #huronriver #islandlakefriends #islandlake #puremichigan #michigan #michiganawesome #ourwild #wearethewild #wanderlust #naturelovers #OptOutside #naturephotography #wearewildness #rei1440project #mittenstatelove #midnr #michigan

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