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Clarkston and Independence Township


Clarkston Web site
SEMCOG Profile

Rudy's Markeet in ClarkstonEstablished in 1832, the Village of Clarkston, features historic charm in the heart of Oakland County. This one-half square mile community is surrounded by Independence Township, home to approximately 900 people and within close proximity of I-75 and Dixie Highway.

Clarkston’s downtown, which has been designated a National Historical Site, features a picturesque main street lined with unique shops, eateries and businesses. Throughout the year Clarkston is host to several events including, concerts in Depot Park, parades, festivals and an art fair. The historic homes in the city reflect Clarkston’s heritage, giving the community an air of timeless elegance.

Clarkston Country Store

Village of Clarkston
375 Depot Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48346-1418
Phone: 248-625-1559

Clarkston Community Schools
6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-623-5400



Independence Township

Independence Township Web site
SEMCOG Profile

Home to almost  32,000 residents, Independence Township is a growing residential community that is located northern Oakland County. This 36 square mile rustic hideaway is surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, woodlands and farms, but is also bisected by I-75 and Dixie Highway.

Recreational amenities include Independence Oaks County Park, DTE Energy outdoor music theater and the Pine Knob ski area. Independence Township has four parks featuring swimming, tennis, hiking and a community-built playscape.

Independence Township
90 North Main Street, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-625-5111

Clarkston Community Schools
6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-623-5400

Lake Orion Community Schools
315 North Lapeer Street, Lake Orion, MI 48362
Phone: 248-693-5400

Waterford School District
1150 Scott Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
Phone: 248-682-7800

Business Development and Professional Training

Chamber of Commerce
5856 South Main Street, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-625-8055

downtown ClarkstonWaterford Career Center, Della Lutes Campus
5195 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48327
Phone:  248-682-3417
Fax: 248-682-0512

The Workforce Development Division of Oakland County helps train and place unemployed workers by partnering with Michigan Works! Each center provides employers with a wide range of services including, applicant recruitment, onsite interview rooms, training funds for planned new hires, information technology (IT) training and out-placement assistance.  The centers also provide assistance to job seekers including, resources on resume writing and interviewing, job placement, testing and assessment, training funds to enhance or gain new skills, and IT training.

Community Essentials

Art in the Village
Each September, as summer turns to fall, art lovers from around the metro-Detroit area come to Clarkston for Art in the Village, a juried art fair. Hosted by the Clarkston Community Historical Society, this fair features artists from around the state and nation. All mediums are represented, including painting, drawing, blown and fused glass, photography, jewelry, fabric, weaving and much more.

Depot Park concertClarkston Community Calendar

Clarkston Community Historical Society
6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-922-0270

Clarkston Conservatory of Music
49 South Main Street, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-625-3640

The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club
P.O. Box 1011, Clarkston, MI 48347
Phone: 248-620-1753

Clarkston Foundation
P.O. Box 711, Clarkston, MI 48347
Phone: 248-623-5474

Depot Park gazebo

Clarkston Heritage Museum
Located within the Independence Township Library
6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346

The Clarkston Village Players
4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-625-8811

Independence Township Parks and Recreation Department, Community Parks
90 North Main Street, P.O. Box 69, Clarkston, MI  48347
Phone: 248-625-8223

  • Bay Court Park
    6970 Andersonville Road
  • Clintonwood Park
    6000 Clarkston Road
  • Clintonwood Spraypark
    6000 Clarkston Road
  • Deer Lake Beach
    350 White Lake Road
  • Sashabaw Plains Park
    5620 Maybee Road

DTE Energy Music Theater
7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
Phone: 248-377-0100

Holiday Lights Parade
5856 South Main Street, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-625-8055

Independence Oaks
9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
Phone: 248-625-0877

Independence Township Library
 6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346
Phone: 248-625-2212

Clarkston Mill PondThe Fountains Golf Club
6060 Maybee Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Phone: 248-625-4660

North Oakland Foundation
461 West Huron, Pontiac, MI 48341
Phone: 248-857-7096

North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy
P.O. Box 285, Clarkston, MI 48347
Phone: 248-846-6547

Pine Knob Ski Resort
7778 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
Phone: 248-625-0800

Senior Center, located in Clintonwood Park
6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI  48348
Phone:  248-625-8231
Fax:  248-922-3189

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club
9085 Big Lake Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
Phone: 248-922-0300

Clarkston Taste FestTaste of Clarkston
Taste of Clarkston, a partnered project with the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, Independence Township Parks & Recreation and City of the Village of Clarkston, closes Main Street on the last Sunday in September and brings in over 30 area restaurants, two entertainment stages and KidZone activity area.