Island Lake Recreation Area

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Island Lake Recreation Area


(810) 229-7067

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Island Lake Recreation Area is a 4,000-acre park in Livingston County that offers an "up north" experience without leaving southeast Michigan. The terrain is a mixture of open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows mixed in. Island Lake is the only balloon port in the state park system. Balloons usually take off in the early morning or late evening, depending on the wind and weather.

Island Lake Recreation Area has one of the nation's safest shooting ranges. The park has great canoeing, volley ball courts, picnic shelters, swimming and cabins to rent.

Map of Island Lake Rec. Area (MI)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.502984, -83.714104



  • Boating

    Boat rentals and canoeing are available.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is available.

  • Camping

    There is a canoe campground and a group campground.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted.

  • Hiking

    The park has hiking trails for your enjoyment.

  • Hunting

    The park has a shooting range. Hunting is permitted.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters are available.

  • Water Sports

    Enjoy boating, canoeing, and swimming!

  • Winter Sports

    Cross country skiing and snowmobiling are enjoyed by winter visitors.



I-96 at exit 151 (Kensington Rd.) head S. on Kensington Rd. 1/2 mile to Park Entrance.

Phone Numbers


(810) 229-7067