Bald Mountain Recreation Area

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Bald Mountain Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Bald Mountain Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Bald Mountain Recreation Area
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Lake Orion, Michigan
Coordinates 42°46′38″N 83°12′41″W / 42.77722°N 83.21138°W / 42.77722; -83.21138Coordinates: 42°46′38″N 83°12′41″W / 42.77722°N 83.21138°W / 42.77722; -83.21138
Area 4,637 acres (1,877 ha)
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources
http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=435&type=SPRK

Bald Mountain Recreation Area is a 4,637-acre (1,877 ha) state park located near Lake Orion, Michigan off M-24. It consists of some of most the rugged terrain in southeastern Michigan. The recreation area is composed of a North Unit and a South Unit, which are not contiguous. The South Unit itself includes two parts separated by M-24 (Lapeer Road), but the section west of M-24 has no recreational facilities or trails and is primarily undeveloped forest and grassy plains segmented by a few through-roads.

It is a popular recreation area for day users, hunters, and fishermen. Hunting includes deer, rabbit, squirrel, Canada goose, woodchuck, duck, raccoon, and woodcock. Fishing includes bass, pike, panfish, and trout. The park also includes a rifle and a sporting clays range.[1]

Bald Mountain gained widespread attention when it was the location of two assisted suicides performed by Dr. Jack Kevorkian in 1991.[2]

Bald Mountain's South Unit is adjacent to the grounds of Lake Orion High School.

Some of the land that is now part of Bald Mountain had previously been a part of the Scripps Mansion.

Facilities and activities[edit]

The Bald Mountain Recreation Area is also home to the only recreational facilities designed by world renowned architect Gunnar Birkerts. Known by the name Lower Trout Lake Bathhouse Complex and Contact Station, as the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the complex includes five Mid-Century Modern resources, located on two separate land parcels, on one of the southernmost parcels of park land within the Bald Mountain Recreation Area.

The Lower Trout Lake Bathhouse Complex and Contact Station’s five buildings are located in the Trout Creek section of the Bald Mountain Recreation Area and consist of a contact station, men's and women's bathouses, pump house, and concessions stand. The five structures were commissioned by the Michigan Department of Conservation, during the Mission 66 era, in 1964 and were completed in 1969.

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