Pinckney Recreation Area (Bruin Lake) provides over 11,000 acres with a wide variety of activities for the park visitor. Pinckney Recreation Area is comprised of 3 major use areas: Silver Lake Day Use area, Bruin Lake modern Campground, and Halfmoon Day Use facility. The landscape, a terminal moraine area, was formed during the last glaciation period.


Modern camping with seasonal flush toilets, showers, sanitation station, electricity, playground, beach, fishing pier and boat launch with access to chain of seven lakes is available at Bruin Lake. Rustic camping with hand pump, vault toilets, trail access, fishing pier and boat launch is available at Crooked Lake. Backpack camping is available along the Crooked Lake Trail, please contact park office at Silver Lake for more information before you camp.

Day Use

There is a concession stand, boat rental, trail system, seasonal modern toilet facilities, playground, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and a fishing pier available at the Silver Lake beach and picnic area. A boat launch, picnic shelters, trail access, volleyball court, horseshoe pits and playground are available at Halfmoon Lake beach and picnic area. Boat rentals are available at Silver Lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day for row boats, canoes, paddle boats, kayaks and your-motor-on boats for fishing. Reservations are available by calling 734-426-3073 or the park, 734-426-4913.

Trail Information

An extensive trail system is available to the hiker and moutain biker. The trails all begin at the Silver Lake unit. The Silver Lake trail is a two-mile looped trail, the Crooked Lake trail is a five-mile looped trail and Potawatomi trail is a seventeen-mile looped trail. Trails are open to mountain biking and hikers who travel in opposite direction. The Losee Lake trail is a three and 1/2-mile loop open to foot traffic only. The Waterloo-Pinckney Trail is thirty-five miles and is closed to bikes. There is camping available in designated campgrounds on the trail. These are busy trails. Call about trail conditions before you come during winter and spring.

Boating and Fishing

Boaters and anglers will find great opportunities on the many lakes throughout the recreation area. There are improved boat launches on Bruin, Halfmoon, South, North, Joslin and Portage Lakes. Unimproved ramps are located on Pickerel, Crooked, Gosling, and Hiland Likes. There is hand-carry access onto Sullivan Lake. Chain of seven lakes are accessed from Bruin and Halfmoon.


The majority of the recreation area is open to hunting according to the various seasons. Restrictions on hunting are placed on developed day use areas, campgrounds and office areas. There are seasonal restrictions on shooting from April 1 to September 14. Target shooting is prohibited at any time or place on the recreation area lands.

Winter Activities

Snowmobiling in designated areas is allowed with four inches or more of snow on the ground. Cross country skiing is available on the mountain biking and hiking trails. Good ice fishing can be found on Silver, North and South Lakes.


The area is located in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, fifteen miles northwest of Ann Arbor. For access from US-23, exit at number 49, turn west, travel eleven miles to Dexter-Town Hall Road, turn right. Entrance is one mile on left side of road. For access from I-94 is to exit at number 159, turn north, travel four miles to Werkner Road, turn right, follow the pavement to North Territorial Road, turn right, travel three miles to Dexter-Town Hall Road, turn left. Entrance is one mile on left side of road.

Lakelands Trail State Park is a linear rails-to-trails park also under the management of the Pinckney Recreation Area. Currently, thirteen miles from Pinckney to Stockbridge have been developed.

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