PROUD RECREATION AREA


Proud Lake Recreation Area, with more than 4,700 acres, is located on the scenic Huron River in Oakland County and offers diverse and plentiful recreational opportunities.

Camping

Overlooking Proud Lake is a modern campground with 130 campsites and two mini-cabins, all equipped with electricity. The campground also has two modern toilet buildings, complete with showers. Water fountains are located at various points. All sites, including the mini-cabins, have a fire ring and picnic table.

Organization Camping

Two rustic organization camps are available to youth groups, one camp is for walk-in use, the other can be accessed by vehicle. Fire circles are provided at both organization camps, as well as a picnic shelter at the Pines walk-in campground.

Outdoor Center

The modern Proud Lake Outdoor Center can accommodate up to 126 people. Three dormitories, an activities building, modern kitchen/dining hall make up this complex. For further information, request a copy of the Michigan DNR Huron River Outdoor Center Brochure. Call 810-685-2433 for reservations.

Hunting

Hunting is permitted from September 15 through March 31. Rabbit, squirrel, deer and grouse are among the wildlife hunted, each having its own designated season. Hunting is allowed west of Wixom Road and north of the Huron River.

Swimming

Powers Beach, a popular summer spot, is a great swimming area. A modern toilet building and changing courts are located a short distance from the beach. A playground and ball field are close by.

Fishing

Great catches of rainbow and brown trout await the angler. From April 1, when a two-mile stretch of the Huron River is stocked with trout, until the last Saturday in April, catch and release rules apply. Regular fishing rules apply the rest of the year. There is fishing in the lakes for bass, pike, sunfish and crappies.

Canoeing

Canoe drop-off and pick-up services are available. Call the concession at 248-685-2379 or the park at 248-685-2433.

Picnic Shelter

Available on first-come, first-served basis or by reservation at the park. The two picnic shelters at Powers can be reserved for group use. If a shelter is not reserved, it is available for any patron. Canopies are available to rent in the picnic area.

Alcohol Restrictions Apply

Alcohol is prohibited from the Huron picnic area from April 1 through September 30 without the written authorization of the park manager.

Biking

For equestrians and mountain bikers, there is an extensive network of trails offering varied terrain. The bridle/biking trails are located west of Wixom Road.

Hiking

Two of the hiking/ski trails run parallel to the Huron River, while another loops around a marsh. The longer trail, north of the Huron River, meanders alongside forests, fields and wetlands.

Bridle Trails

Trails may have other designated uses. For equestrians and mountain bikers, there is an extensive network of trails offering varied terrain. The bridle/biking trails are located west of Wixom Road.

Boating Access Site/Launch

Boaters may access Proud Lake at the Bass Lake Road boat launch. Registered campers may launch boats at the campground launch.

Concession/Store

Boat rentals are available from April to October for row boats, canoes, paddle boats and kayaks. Reservations are available with special group services. Call the concession at 248-685-2379 or the park at 248-685-2433.


Trails

Over 20 miles of trails cover several diverse habitats. Two of the hiking/ski trails run parallel to the Huron River, while another loops around a marsh. The longer trails, north of the Huron River, meanders alongside forests, fields and wetlands. During the winter months, skiers can enjoy seeing the evergreens draped with snow. In the spring, hepatica, marsh marigold, violets and many other wildflowers abound. For equestrians and mountain bikers, there is an extensive network of trails offering varied terrain. The bridle/biking trails are located west of Wixom Road.

Nature Program

Guided interpretive walks and other nature activities are offered. A schedule of upcoming programs is available at the Park Office year-round, or at the Campground Office during the summer months.

Fishing and Hunting

Great catches of rainbow and brown trout await the angler. From April 1, when a 2-mile stretch of the Huron River is stocked with trout, until the last Saturday in April, catch and release rules apply. Regular fishing rules apply the rest of the year. There is fishing in the lakes for bass, pike, sunfish and crappies. Hunting is permitted from September 15 through March 31. Rabbit, squirrel, deer and grouse are among the wildlife hunted, each having its own designated season. Hunting is allowed west of Wixom Road and north of the Huron River. A valid Michigan hunting and/or fishing license is required.

Canoeing

Canoes can be rented at the Proud Lake Campground and the Huron River. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are available. Reservations can be made along with drop off/pick up services. For more information call 810-685-2379.

Boat Launches

Boaters may access Proud lake at the Bass Lake Road boat launch. Registered campers may launch boats at the campground launch.

Beach

Powers Beach, a popular summer spot, is a great swimming area. A modern toilet building and changing courts are located a short distance from the beach. A playground and ball field are close by. The two picnic shelters at Powers can be reserved for group use. If a shelter is not reserved, it is available for any patron.

Location

The park is 6 miles north of I-96, exit 159, (3 miles southeast of Milford and 35 miles northwest of Detroit).


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