Lake St. Clair Metropark
|Lake St. Clair Metropark|
|Location||Lower Peninsula, Macomb County, Michigan USA|
|Operated by||Huron–Clinton Metroparks|
|Status||Open year round|
Lake St. Clair Metropark/Metro Beach Metropark is a 770-acre unit of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks system located roughly 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Detroit, Michigan in Harrison Township, Macomb County. Lake St. Clair Metropark has been in existence since 1950 and has seen many changes since then. Originally named St. Clair Metropolitan Beach, it was renamed in 1953 to Metropolitan Beach Metropark and later shortened to Metro Beach Metropark. On December 8, 2011, the Board of Commissioners for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks approved changing the name to Lake St. Clair Metropark. The park is located at Jefferson Avenue and Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile Road) and there are signs to Lake St. Clair Metropark on Interstate 94 (I-94).
Due to sewage overflows, Metro Beach has seen occasional closures caused by high E. coli content in the water. The beach was closed for nine days in 2009 for this reason.
The main attractions at Lake St. Clair Metropark are the 1,000 foot-long Metro Beach, which still retains the old name, on Lake St. Clair, the marinas and boat launches, an Olympic-sized pool with two water slides and diving boards, the "Squirt Zone" where kids can play with equipment that shoots water, an 18-hole Par 3 golf course and miniature golf course, the fitness trails, and the Nature Study Area/Nature Center where 275 species of birds have been recorded. A paved, one mile shoreline trail follows the Lake St. Clair shoreline in the park.
Ice-fishing, cross-country skiing on groomed trails, and ice skating are some of the winter activities Metro Beach has to offer.
- The point that extends into Lake St. Clair was originally an island.
- On a clear day, the Nine Mile Tower in St. Clair Shores and the Renaissance Center in Detroit are visible over Lake St. Clair.
- Despite being in a suburban area, there are deer that live within Lake St. Clair Metropark like many other areas in Metro Detroit.
- Detroit radio station, WCSX, recorded a parody of the song Kokomo in the late 1990s making fun of the notorious filthiness of the beach.
- HCMA press release[permanent dead link]
- Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Board of Commissioners Meeting, December 8, 2011 Archived January 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- Pollution closes Metro Beach to swimming, The Macomb Daily, June 04, 2010
- Lake St. Clair Metropark Huron-Clinton Metroparks
- 109 Metro Beach Metropark Archived 2011-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, Michigan DNR