Hayes State Park
|Walter J. Hayes State Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Picnic area on Wamplers Lake
Location within the state of Michigan
|Location||Lenawee County, Michigan, United States|
|Nearest city||Onsted, Michigan|
|Area||654 acres (2.65 km2)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
Walter J. Hayes State Park is a 654-acre (2.65 km2) state park in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located along US Highway 12 in the Irish Hills region of Lenawee County and extending into small parts of Jackson and Washtenaw counties in the Round Lake area. The park is surrounded by scenic lakes, namely Wamplers, Evans, and Sand lakes, as well as chains of smaller lakes. It is near Cambridge Junction Historic State Park.
First dedicated in the 1920s, Hayes is one of the oldest state parks in Michigan and was originally named "Cedar Hill State Park." It was renamed in honor of Walter J. Hayes, a former Michigan State Senator, after his family donated land to the state for the park.
Facilities and activities
- Fishing: bass, bluegill, pike and other finny creatures inhabit the waters of Wamplers Lake.
- Bicycling: Bike lanes along Wamplers Lake Rd./M-124 and adjacent roads.
- Camping: a campground has 185 modern sites and a mini cabin.
- Boating: a launch is located on Wamplers Lake.
- Picnic area
- Picnic shelter
- Hayes State Park - Michigan DNR
- Protected Planet (World Database on Protected Areas) - Hayes State Park
- Lenawee County CVB
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