Huron–Clinton Metroparks

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The Huron–Clinton Metroparks system is a regional park system in Metro Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan. The park system includes 13 parks totalling 24,000 acres (97 km2) arranged along the Huron River and Clinton River forming a partial ring around the metro area. Plans are in development to finish the ring by building hike/bike trails to connect all the parks as a green belt. The parks draw about 9.5 million visitors a year. The rivers are prime fishing and canoeing streams with Delhi Metropark including a short rapids, which while runnable, is the only point other than dams on either stream normally portaged.

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The park district encompasses Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. The park system was authorized in 1939 and funding began in 1942 with local property taxes providing for most of the budget. Additional funding comes from vehicle admission fees and fees for golf, boat launching, bike and boat rentals, swimming pools and other activities. The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA) is the body that administers the Metropark system and is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. Two members are selected by the state governor and the other five members are selected, one from each of the five member counties. The Metropark system exists independent from other park systems in the area which include city, township, county and state parks. There is a proposal to develop the Michigan State Fairgrounds into a metropark.[1]

The park system features 45 miles (72 km) of paved hike/bike trails at nine Metroparks for walking, bicycling and in-line skating. Activities in the parks include picnicking, swimming, hiking, golf and disc golf, horseback riding, canoeing and boating, biking, geocaching and fishing. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, sledding and toboggan runs, ice skating and ice fishing. Lake Erie Metropark has a wave pool. A couple of the parks have youth group camping or canoe camping areas. Ten parks have historical interpretive centers, farm learning centers or nature centers. Lake St. Clair Metropark has 320 boat slips available for stays of up to 5 days. Kensington has a boat launch and 108 boat slips which are rented on a year-long basis as well as a 49 passenger excursion boat on 1,200-acre (5 km2) Kent Lake, an impoundment of the Huron River, which is entirely within the park. The park system has eight 18-hole golf courses and two par-3 courses.

An overpopulation of white-tailed deer in the parks in recent years was handled by a controversial special archery hunt.

Location map[edit]

Map US MI Huron-Clinton Metroparks.svg

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Leddy, Felicity (January 2004).Fairground Metropark Plan Spreads Hope. Legacy News. Retrieved on August 10, 2007.

References and further reading[edit]

  • Cantor, George (2005). Detroit: An Insiders Guide to Michigan. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-03092-2. 

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Coordinates: 42°31′20″N 83°41′13″W / 42.52214°N 83.68686°W / 42.52214; -83.68686