May 24, 2014

Oakland County Parks Celebrates National Trails Day with Outdoor Activities

Follow the trail to one of 13 Oakland County Parks and join in the celebration of National Trails Day through the many activities happening Saturday, June 7.

“I invite all to spend the day exploring the great outdoors and take part in one of the many programs throughout Oakland County Parks, enhancing the enjoyment of being outdoors on National Trails Day,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said.

Who lives in the Grassland?
Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers a Grassland Birds Hike from 8 – 10 a.m. at Orion Oaks County Park. Participants can enjoy a 1.5-mile guided walk and view some of the unique birds living in the 90-acre grasslands. Members of the Oakland Audubon Society, a co-sponsor of the event, will lead the hike. Coffee and water are provided and participants are reminded to dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars. Call 248.858.0916 by June 6 to pre-register for the free event. Park entry fee or annual vehicle permit is required for park entry.

Feel the Breeze
Waterford Oaks County Park BMX track will host the Bob Warnicke Scholarship Race. The race begins at approximately 11 a.m. The crowd can cheer on its favorite Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer in classes for all ages. Waterford Oaks is one of the oldest tracks in the world and has played host to some of the country’s top BMX riders. The race was created to help fund the Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Fund which assists students and their families in meeting the costs of undergraduate college education, trade school, etc.

Hike the Hills
Participants will join a naturalist and hike up to four miles of beautiful trails at Independence Oaks County Park. The hike begins at the Wint Nature Center and runs from 1-3 p.m. This hike is suitable for physically fit individuals of all ages. Water and a snack are provided. The cost is $3/person. Registration with payment is required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Saturdays, 248.625.6473.

Get Outdoors Oakland!
Addison Oaks and Independence Oaks County Parks will host Get Outdoors! programs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Events include nature hikes, fishing, kayaking, geocaching and biking as well as other activities. Food will be available for purchase. Pontoon boat rides at Independence Oaks will be available to the public from 10 a.m. – noon and to veterans from noon – 1 p.m.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has declared the weekend of June 7-8 Free Fishing Weekend. Fishing license fees are waived during the weekend, however state regulations still apply. Oakland County Parks with fishing lakes include: Addison Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Orion Oaks, Rose Oaks, and Independence Oaks County Parks. Upper Bushman Lake in Independence Oaks-North County Park is designated by the MDNR as the only public access catch-and-release-only lake in southeast Michigan.

Park Locations:
Addison Oaks - 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard (9 miles north of Rochester)
Groveland Oaks - 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly (at Grange Hall Road)
Independence Oaks - 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston (2 1/2 miles north of I-75 -
Exit 89)
Orion Oaks - 2301 W Clarkston Road, Lake Orion (between Baldwin & Joslyn roads)
Rose Oaks - 10400 Fish Lake Road, Holly (north of Rose Center Road)
Waterford Oaks - 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford (between Dixie Highway and Pontiac Lake Road)
Oakland County Parks offers something for everyone all year long. The 13-park system has two nature centers, five golf courses, wedding and banquet facilities, an
action-packed BMX race track and two waterparks.

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