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Ski & Snowshoe

Winter's 'snow reason to stay inside! Venture out and cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike at the Oakland County Parks! 

All Oakland County Parks and Recreation areas (except Groveland Oaks and Lyon Oaks Golf Course) are open for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. Glen Oaks, Red Oaks, Springfield Oaks, and White Lake Oaks golf courses do not have groomed trails or warming areas but are open to those with their own equipment when gates are open. Winter hiking is available on most trails in the winter.

Independence Oaks provides groomed ski trails, rental equipment and restroom facilities. Addison Oaks grooms the 2.5-mile Buhl Lake Trail for skiing. Highland Oaks, Orion Oaks, Lyon Oaks and Rose Oaks county parks are popular for skiing, too.

Check out our Ski and Snowshoe Safety Tips before you hit the trails!

Winter activities specific to each park include:

INDEPENDENCE OAKS

  • Nearly 10 miles of groomed and marked trails
  • Ice Fishing
  • Cross-country ski on all trails except Habitat trail
  • Hiking and 
    snowshoeing are allowed on Habitat, River Loop and All-Visitor's trails (but no dogs or skiing on Habitat Trail)  
     
  • Ice Skating, conditions permitting, on Crooked Lake
  • Oakland County Parks Snow cross-country ski lessons
  • Volunteer Nordic Ski Patrol on duty as available and on weekends to assist skiers. Ski and snowshoe equipment rentals available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Group rentals are available weekdays by reservation only.
  • Ski and Snowshoe rental rates are $12 full set/whole day; $5/single item/4 hours.
  • Warming areas, shelter with fireplace and heated restrooms available. Skiers can also warm up at the nature center (closed Mondays).
  • Daily pass or annual vehicle permit is required and can be purchased online or at the park. Purchase pass here.

ADDISON OAKS 

  • 2.5 mile Buhl Lake Trail is groomed (conditions permitting) for cross-country skiing (skate and classic styles). No rentals available.
  • 19 miles of marked trails (not groomed) for those with their own equipment to cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike
  • Ice fishing
  • Portable toilets available
  • Daily pass or annual vehicle permit required. Purchase prior to arrival as permits are not always available at the park. Purchase pass here.
  • Archery deer hunting is permitted under MDNR rules at Addison Oaks-East, from Oct. 1-Jan. 1. Hunters must observe posted safety zones.

HIGHLAND OAKS

  • Hiking or equestrian useon 2.5 miles of trail
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for those with own equipment (not groomed)
  • Portable toilets available
  • No warming areas
  • Daily pass or annual vehicle permit required. Purchase prior to arrival as permits are not always available at the park. Purchase pass here.
  • Archery deer hunting is permitted under MDNR rules from Oct. 1-Jan. 1. Hunters must observe posted safety zones.

LYON OAKS

  • Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (for those with own equipment) on nearly 6 miles of ungroomed trails.
  • Dog park offers off-leash recreation for dogs.
  • On-leash dog walking is also allowed on the trails.
  • Portable toilets available
  • Daily pass or annual vehicle permit required. Purchase prior to arrival as permits are not always available at the park; pay station available. Purchase pass online.
  • Archery deer hunting is permitted under MDNR rules from Oct. 1-Jan. 1. Hunters must observe posted safety zones.

ORION OAKS

  • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking for those with own equipment (no grooming) 
  • Ice fishing
  • Dog park offers off-leash recreation for dogs
  • On-lease dog walking is also allowed onthe trails.
  • Portable toilets available 
  • No warming areas
  • Daily pass or annual vehicle permit required. Purchase prior to arrival as permits are not always available at the park; pay station available. Purchase pass online.
  • Archery deer hunting is permitted under MDNR rules from Oct. 1-Jan. 1. Hunters must observe posted safety zones.

RED OAKS

  • Dog park offers off-leash recreation for dogs
  • Nature Center offers 1.3 miles of novice paved trails for hiking.
  • Daily pass or annual vehicle permit required. Purchase prior to arrival as permits are not always available at the park. Purchase pass here.

ROSE OAKS

  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for those with own equipment (no grooming)
  • Trails for hiking and equestrian use
  • Ice fishing
  • Portable toilets available
  • No warming areas
  • Daily pass or annual vehicle permit required. Purchase prior to arrival as permits are not always available at the park. Purchase pass here.
  • Archery deer hunting is permitted under MDNR rules from Oct. 1-Jan. 1. Hunters must observe posted safety zones.

WATERFORD OAKS

  • Hiking and snowshoeing on more than three miles of ungroomed trails 
  • Family Sledding Hill
  • Portable toilets available  

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