Whatever your favorite recreational activity, whether it’s bird watching, windsurfing, kite boarding, boating, bicycling, or swimming, you can find it at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Known for decades as "Metro Beach," this has been a popular destination for more than 50 years. Here, park users come out to bike, hike, jog, or in-line skate on the paved trail that runs along a one-mile shoreline on picturesque Lake St. Clair. Enjoy a day of boating with two marinas and ten ramps that provide easy access to Lake St. Clair waters.
Lake St. Clair Metropark is a 770-acre park located on Lake St. Clair at 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township. Phone 586-463-4581 or go to www.metroparks.com.
PARK HOURS: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Labor Day. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. the rest of the year. A Metropark vehicle entry permit is required: Annual - $25 regular/$15 senior citizens or Daily - $5.
SPRAYPARK: The “Squirt Zone,” a zero-depth water sprayscape, features one-quarter of an acre of water sprays where kids can cool off. Free.
SWIMMING: The Olympic-sized swimming pool, with two waterslides, will be open daily starting May 29. Pool hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Fee: $4 per person. The 600-foot long sandy beach on Lake St. Clair opens May 1, and will be open daily through September 30, without lifeguards.
GOLF: 18-hole,Par-3 golf course. Situated on the scenic shoreline of Lake St. Clair
OTHER AMENITIES: Banquet Center, adventure golf,picnic shelters, picnic areas, tennis and shuffleboard courts, games area, tot lot and children’s play areas, trackless train, nature center, nature trails and a four-mile paved hike/bike trail with portions traveling along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair
BOATING: Two marinas, boat launch ramps and a day sail area provide access to Lake St. Clair. Metropark Boat Launch Permit required: Annual – regular $30, senior citizen $15, or Daily $5. Non-motorized, non-registered watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, sailboards and rubber inflatables, that are not brought in on trailers do not require a boat permit.
NEW MARINA: The new South Marina at Lake St. Clair Metropark, which replaced the original built in 1959, offers 48 boat slips, a bathroom/shower building, pump-out station, seawall, sidewalks and harbormaster building. Reservations for the South Marina will be taken through the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Harbor Reservations at www.midnrreservations.com.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Blast from the Past Car Show in June; Summer Discovery Cruises in July and August; Voyageur Encampment, Saturdays & Sundays in August; Michigan Boating & Outdoor Recreation Festival in mid September. For specific event dates visit www.metroparks.com or the "Event" page on www.TourLakeStClair.org
DANCING/CONCERTS: A variety of live music, from oldies to swing, is played on Sundays, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Summer Sundays between Memorial Day and mid-September. Concert series feature a variety of genres including: Top 40, Oldies, Country, Rythym & Blues, and Ballroom/Swing. Full schedule of concerts is featured on www.metroparks.com seasonally. All dancing/concert events are normally held at the Welsh Activity Center.