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, Independence 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.