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Independence Oaks

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.

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!

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, picnicking, hiking,
fishing, swimming, nature study and youth group camping

Picnic areas and rental shelters
for group rental include ball field, sand volleyball courts, playground equipment, horseshoes pits are available.

  • 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. 

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    Managed Hunts

    Oakland County Parks will conduct managed deer hunts at Independence Oaks County Park this fall in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Managed hunts are part of a long-term wildlife management program to reduce and stabilize the white-tail deer population and restore ecological function to park natural communities. All deer taken will be donated to the Salvation Army in support of the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Program.

    The park will be closed Nov. 16, 18, 23, 25 and Dec. 7.


    9501 Sashabaw Road
    Clarkston, MI 48348

    248-625-0877 (Park)
    248-625-6473 (Wint Nature Center)

    Open year round, approximately 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, or as posted at park entrance.

    Nature Center
    Walk-in visitation
    10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
    1-5 p.m. (Sunday)

    Registered groups and appointments
    10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday)

    Fees & Permits

    Daily or annual vehicle permit required, available at park or online. View park fees and purchase permits online.