Enjoy year-round recreation in this naturally-maintained 1,276-acre park near Clarkston.
Independence Oaks was recently named one of the Top 10 best family-friendly places to hike by MetroParent Magazine.
The park features more than 12 miles of marked nature and ski trails, including the paved River Loop Trail, All-Visitors Trail and Hawk's View Trail, a 2.5 mile paved hike, bike and blade pathways.
Picnic areas and rental shelters for group rental include ball field, sand volleyball courts, playground equipment, horseshoes pits
Picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, nature study and youth group camping
Picturesque Tony Filippis Memorial Garden and wheelchair-accessible gazebo shelter adjacent to Twin Chimneys area with view of Crooked Lake; ideal for outdoor wedding ceremonies
Boat launch (non-motorized boats) and seasonal rowboat, canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals on 68-acre Crooked Lake
Wint Nature Center offers interactive exhibits and interpretive programs
Camp Wilderness, youth group overnight camping area. Two areas feature platform tents, shelter, fire circle, modern bathhouse and more! Campers can access the park's nature center, trails and (in season) swimming, boating and fishing.
Independence Oaks-North is a great destination for fishing, hiking, bird watching and boating. Anglers can portage and launch canoes, kayaks or other non-motorized boats. No vehicular boat launch is provided. All watercraft must be hand carried along a 1,200-foot-long gravel trail from the parking lot to the lake. Upper Bushman Lake is be a catch-and-release-only lake, designated as such by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The property is open for archery deer hunting in the fall.
Cross-country skiing, ski rental, ice skating, ice fishing, warming shelters and vending machines.
Voted the "The best groomed Independence Oaks Ski Trails in southeast Michigan are at Independence Oaks" says Hour Detroit Magazine's Best Winter Getaways List!