Plenty of Outdoor Offerings for Memorial Day Holiday

Independence Oaks County Park. Photo by Jessica VanFleteren

Hiking, biking, fishing, disc golfing, dog walking, kayaking and bird watching are all options at Oakland County Parks and Recreation this Memorial Day – despite limited park operations due to COVID-19.

Oakland County Parks is offering free park entry until June 1. The parks system offers nearly 80 miles of trails. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times.

Individuals can launch their own kayak or non-powered watercraft at Addison Oaks County Park, Independence Oaks County Park and Independence Oaks-North and Orion Oaks County Park.

Parks with fishing lakes include: Addison Oaks,  Highland Oaks, Independ​ence Oaks, Orion Oaks and Rose ​Oaks county parks. Independence Oaks-North’s Upper Bushman Lake is designated catch-and-release-only by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources​.

Due to restrictions from the Governor’s latest executive order, some park amenities will be unavailable for use including picnic tables and pavilions; grills; playgrounds; beaches; boat rental; and volleyball courts.

The parks that are open include:

  • Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard
  • Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27735 Greenfield Road, Southfield
  • Highland Oaks County Park, 6555 Milford Road, Highland
  • Lyon Oaks County Park, 52251 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
  • Orion Oaks County Park, 2301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion
  • Rose Oaks County Park, 10501 Buckhorn Lake Road, Holly
  • Waterford Oaks County Park, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford

The nature centers are closed, but the trails are open at:

  • Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Red Oaks County Park, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights.

All dog parks, playgrounds, park buildings and restrooms are closed. However, portable restrooms are provided at all locations. Here is a complete listing of portable restroom locations.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, park visitors are asked to practice social distancing and maintain a distance of six feet from other park guests.

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