Metroparks and Beaches of Southeast Michigan

By: Scott Davis | July 2, 2015

Some of southeast Michigan’s most beautiful features can be found within its many lakes and beaches. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks and other areas provide gorgeous places for us to swim, boat, fish and more, and summertime is arguably when the parks are most beautiful. Listed below are some options for beaches and summer fun in Metro Detroit.

Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Rd., Milford, is amongst the most popular Metroparks. The 1200-acre Kent Lake provides a picturesque setting throughout the entire park. Martindale Beach is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Maple Beach is open this weekend only for Fourth of July festivities. There are plenty of activities available on the lake and throughout the property. Splash ‘n Blast is a water facility right on Kensington’s grounds. Daily park admission: $7

Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Twp., offers two beaches as well: Baypoint and Eastwood Beaches. Both are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and both are swim at your own risk, as no lifeguards are on duty. Stony Creek also features the Rip Slide, which is a three-story tall, 175-foot long and 47-foot wide inflatable water slide. Food bars are available as well. Park admission: $7

Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Township, is yet another Metropark offering a pretty lake setting. Visitors can swim or boat in Lake St. Clair, or walk the beach and check out the beach shop or food concession stands. In addition to the beach, this Metropark also offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool and Squirt Zone Spray Ground for kids. Daily park admission: $7

Belle Isle Beach, is the first beach on the list that is not located in a Metropark and is Detroit’s only public beach. It is a half-mile long and provides a beautiful view of Detroit’s skyline. It is open from early-June through Labor Day and also features a water slide next to the beach. During the summer, visitors can enjoy “Jazz on the Beach” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Sunday. Admission to the island is free, but there is a $3 charge for an all-day pass to ride the water slide.

Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Rd., Monroe, is a 1,300-acre park, featuring more than one mile of beach shore. Sterling is the only state park on Lake Erie and provides great opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. There are also picnic areas, trails and camping facilities. There is even a public boat launch! Although, a recreation passport is now required to enter the park.

All of the aforementioned options provide scenic, fun and memorable settings for those looking for a day at the beach. While the west side of the state provides many beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan, the southeast portion of the Great Lake State is no slouch, either!