Free Outdoor Fun

Here is a comprehensive list of fun outdoor activities in Michigan

 

West Michigan

 
Beaches and Boating
 
 

Kayaking and Canoeing

 

Nature Walks

 

Kalamazoo County
 
Hiking and Nature Trails
 
 
Mountain Biking
 
 
Mason County
 
Biking/Hiking/Picnic 
 
 
Canoeing and Kayaking 
 
 
Oceana
 
White Cloud Blue Water Trail 
 
 
Ottawa County
 
Beaches and Boating
 
 
Grand Ravines Dog Park and Beach Marina
 
 
Van Buren County
 
Skating
 
 
Canoeing/Kayaking
 

Southeast Michigan

https://www.traillink.com/trail/hines-park-trailrouge-river-gateway-greenway/

https://michigantrails.org/trails/275-metro-trail/ 

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5360003/maybury-mountain-bike-trail

 

Parks/Picnicking Areas

https://www.belleisleconservancy.org/

https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/publicservices/parks/elizabeth-park.aspx

https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/publicservices/parks/northville-recreation.aspx

https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/publicservices/parks/b ennett-arboretum.aspx

 

Monroe County

 

Birdwatching

http://calderdairy.com/visit-the-farm/

https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/erie-marsh-preserve/

Member Detail

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=497&type=SPRK

https://www.monroemi.gov/c_i_t_y_h_a_l_l/departments/parks_and_recreation/trails/river_raisin_heritage_trail

http://monroe.hosted.civiclive.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=10126595&pageId=10355034

 

Mountain Biking

http://monroe.hosted.civiclive.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=10126595&pageId=10355034

https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/lake-erie-xc-trails/

 

Park/Picnic Areas

https://www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/departments/parks_and_recreation/vienna_park.php

https://www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/departments/parks_and_recreation/nike_park.php

https://www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/departments/parks_and_recreation/waterloo_park.php

https://www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/departments/parks_and_recreation/heck_park.php

 

Fishing

Macomb County

 

Bird Watching/Animals

http://www.fordhouse.org/

https://www.metroparks.com/parks/stony-creek-metropark/

https://www.metroparks.com/parks/wolcott-mill-metropark/

 

Hiking

https://macomborchardtrail.macombgov.org/Macomborchardtrail-Home

https://www.michigannature.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=locationgallery&action=listing&listing=97

https://www.michigan.org/property/river-bends-park

 

Mountain Biking

https://macomborchardtrail.macombgov.org/Macomborchardtrail-Home

https://www.michigan.org/property/river-bends-park

https://www.traillink.com/trail/clinton-river-park-trail/

 

Parks/Picnic Area

https://www.macomb-mi.gov/454/Macomb-Corners-Park

https://www.macomb-mi.gov/455/Waldenburg-Park

 

Fishing 

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_81198_81199_85286-303408–,00.html

 

Nature Centers/Wildlife Conservation

Lapeer

 

Bird Watching/Animals

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=481&type=SPRK

https://www.michigan.org/property/metamora-hadley-recreation-area

https://sevenponds.org/

 

Hiking/Trails

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=435&type=SPRK 

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=455&type=SPRK

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=380&type=SPTR

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=338&type=SPTR

 

Mountain Biking

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=435&type=SPRK

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=455&type=SPRK

 

Fishing

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_81198_81199_85286-303394–,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_81198_81199_85286-303054–,00.html

https://sevenponds.org/

 

 

St. Clair County

 

Bird Watching/Animals

http://www.bluewaysofstclair.org/birdtrail.asp

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=466

 

Hiking

https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/parks/goodells.aspx

https://www.traillink.com/trail/bridge-to-bay-trail/

https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/parks/columbus.aspx

https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/parks/bwriverwalk.aspx?meid=1240

 

Mountain Biking

https://www.traillink.com/trail/bridge-to-bay-trail/

https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/parks/columbus.asp

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/parks/goodells.aspx

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=466

https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/parks/columbus.aspx

 

https://www.portaustinoutdooradventure.com/bird-creek-county-park

 

Oakland County

 

https://www.oakgov.com/parks/parksandtrails/Independence-Oaks /wint-nature-center/Pages/default.aspx

 

Ingham County

 

https://www.dahlemcenter.org/

https://www.michigan.org/property/kate-palmer-wildlife-sanctuary

 

Hillsdale County

 

Mid Michigan

Northern Michigan

Grand Traverse County

 

Here is a general list of outdoor activities to do in the Traverse City Area:

https://www.traversecity.com/outdoors/

 

Birdwatching/Animals

http://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/

https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/maple-bay-natural-area/

https://natureiscalling.org/explore/nature-center/   

https://www.paradisetwp.org/services/parks_and_recreation/index. php

 

Hiking/Trails

https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/maple-bay-natura l- area/

https://natureiscalling.org/explore/nature-center/

https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/

 

Mountain Biking

https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

http://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/

https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/maple-bay-natural-area/

https://natureiscalling.org/explore/nature-center/

https://www.paradisetwp.org/services/parks_and_recreation/index.php

https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/

 

Fishing/Swimming/Beaches

http://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/

https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/maple-bay-natural-area/

https://www.paradisetwp.org/services/parks_and_recreation/index.php/

 

Leelanau

 

Birdwatching/Animals

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=467

https://www.leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/chippewa-run/

http://sleepingbearbirdingtrail.org/birding-sites/the-mill-pond/

http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/location.asp?ait=av&aid=1694/

https://manitoutransit.com/

 

Hiking/Trails

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=467

https://www.leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/chippewa-run/

https://manitoutransit.com/

https://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm/

 

Mountain Biking

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=467

https://manitoutransit.com/

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://www.leelanau.cc/countyparks.asp/

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=467

https://www.leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/chippewa-run/

http://sleepingbearbirdingtrail.org/birding-sites/the-mill-pond/

http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/location.asp?ait=av&aid=1694/

https://manitoutransit.com/

https://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm/

 

Fishing/Swimming/Beaches

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=467

http://sleepingbearbirdingtrail.org/birding-sites/the-mill-pond/

http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/location.asp?ait=av&aid=1694/

https://manitoutransit.com/

https://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm/

 

 

Antrim/Charlevoix

 

list of Outdoor Recreation Areas in Antrim:

http://www.antrimcounty.org/parkcollection.asp?ait=cv&cid=76/

http://www.antrimcounty.org/parks_and_rec.asp/

 

Birdwatching/Animals

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=447

http://www.antrimcounty.org/barnespark.asp/

https://www.grassriver.org/

 

Hiking/Trails

http://www.antrimcounty.org/barnespark.asp/

https://www.grassriver.org/

http://www.antrimcounty.org/park.asp?ait=av&aid=84/

 

Mountain Biking

https://www.grassriver.org/

http://www.antrimcounty.org/park.asp?ait=av&aid=84/

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=447

http://www.antrimcounty.org/barnespark.asp/

 

Fishing/Swimming/Beaches

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=447

https://grassriver.org/

 

 

Alpena

 

Birdwatching/Animals

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=442

https://www.michigan.org/property/island-park-wildlife-sanctuary/

 

Hiking/Trails

https://www.michigantrails.us/alpena-county-michigan/alpena-cou nty-michigan-trails.html/

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=442

https://www.michigan.org/property/island-park-wildlife-sanctuary/

 

Mountain Biking

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=442

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://alpenacounty.org/parks-recreation/

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=442

https://www.michigan.org/property/island-park-wildlife-sanctuary/

 

Fishing/Swimming/Beaches

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=442

 

 

Osceola


Hiking/Trails

https://www.michigantrails.us/osceola-county-michigan/osceola-county-michigan-trails.html

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://www.michigan.org/property/crittenden-park/

https://www.michigan.org/property/rose-lake-park/

 

 

Clare

 

Birdwatching/Animals

http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabit at/sga/Wigwam_Bay_SWA_map.pd

http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabitat/sga/Molassess_River_Flooding_No3_SWMA_map.pdf/

 

Hiking/Trails

http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabit at/sga/Wigwam_Bay_SWA_map.pd

http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabitat/sga/Molassess_River_Flooding_No3_SWMA_map.pdf/

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabit at/sga/Wigwam_Bay_SWA_map.pd

https://www.arenaccountymi.gov/Recreation/Oasis-Lake-Park.aspx/

https://www.arenaccountymi.gov/Recreation/Pt-Augres-Park/

 

Fishing/Swimming/Beaches

http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabitat/sga/Molassess_River_Flooding_No3_SWMA_map.pdf/

https://www.arenaccountymi.gov/Recreation/Oasis-Lake-Park.aspx/

https://www.arenaccountymi.gov/Recreation/Pt-Augres-Park/

 

 

Mackinaw

 

Birdwatching/Animals

https://landtrust.org/mackinac-county-preserves/

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://www.mackinacparks.com/

https://www.mackinacferry.com/

 

 

Marquette

 

Birdwatching/Animals

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=430/

https://www.marquettemi.gov/departments/community-services/parks-and-recreation/presque-isle-rentals/

https://www.lake-link.com/michigan-lakes/marquette-county/green wood-reservoir/22756/

 

Hiking/Trails

https://www.co.marquette.mi.us/recreation_and_development/trails.php#.Xu0DHGhKhPY/

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=430/

https://www.marquettemi.gov/departments/community-services/parks-and-recreation/presque-isle-rentals/

 

Fishing/Swimming/Beaches

https://www.lake-link.com/michigan-lakes/marquette-county/green wood-reservoir/22756/

 

 

Chippewa

 

Birdwatching/Animals

https://landtrust.org/vermilion-point-nature-preserve/

​https://wpbo.org/

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=428/

 

Hiking/Trails

https://landtrust.org/vermilion-point-nature-preserve/

https://www.co.chippewa.wi.us/government/land-conservation-forest-management/forest-trails/trail-conditions/

 

Mountain Biking

https://www.co.chippewa.wi.us/government/land-conservation-forest-management/forest-trails/trail-conditions/

 

Parks/Picnic Areas

https://www.co.chippewa.wi.us/government/facilities-parks-division/parks/

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=428/

 

Fishing/Swimming/Beaches

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SP RK&id=428/