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The parks also feature several day-hiking trails for less adventurous souls. 3-mile Oak Woods Trail, with scenic views of Mill Lake and a nearby pond. 6 miles). The Pinckney Recreation Area also has a couple of nice trails for day-hiking, but the recreation area draws large numbers of mountain bikers on these pathways as well. The only one of these trails that is open exclusively to foot traffic is the Losee Lake Trail (a three-mile loop); on the others – the Potawatomi (17 miles), Crooked Lake (five miles), and Silver Lake (two miles) trails – hikers and bikers are required to follow markers that keep them going in opposite directions.

Other canoeable rivers in southern Michigan include the Cass, Coldwater, Flint, Kalamazoo, Looking Glass, Portage, and Red Cedar rivers. Southeast Michigan is home to several larger bodies of water that attract area kayaking enthusiasts. The Detroit River, Anchor Bay, and the St. Clair River all receive attention from intrepid sea Southern Lower Michigan St. Joseph River (Class I) Southwestern Michigan’s St. Joseph River, which winds through six Michigan counties (and a small portion of northern Indiana) before emptying out into Lake Michigan, is one of the state’s most robust.

As the metropark concept took tangible form, its popularity with residents of southeast Michigan quickly became evident. And as the region continued to grow, both in population and development, the parks assumed even greater importance. The introduction of various outdoor programs, educational events, and nature centers further cemented the parks’ place in the metro area, and use of the parks shows no signs of abating. Indeed, the major concerns confronting the metroparks today stem from overuse and their proximity to developed areas (Metro Beach, for example, has been forced to close its beach area to swimming on an embarrassing number of occasions over the last couple of years because of pollution).

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