Island Lake Recreation Area

Park Entrance: 6301 Kensington Rd,
Brighton, MI 48116
Accessible Features
Open Year-Round
A 4,000-acre park in Livingston County that offers an "up north" experience without leaving southeast Michigan. The terrain is a mixture of open brush and mature hardwood forest with pockets of open meadows.

Island Lake is the only hot air balloon port in the state park system. Balloons usually take off in the early morning or late evening, depending on the wind and weather.

A metal detecting area, swimming beach, wildlife viewing, cross country skiing trails, paddle-in camping area. Accessible features include a playground, shooting range, fishing pier and beach house. 

Island Lake's track chair helps visitors explore areas of the park where traditional wheelchairs might not. These off-road, electronic chairs can easily handle trails, snow, sand and up to 8 inches of water and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost.
A woman paddle boarding at Island Lake Recreation Area
Sun sets over Kent Lake.
Children playing on a wide sandy beach at Island Lake Recreation Area
Shooting range at Island Lake Recreation Area
Canoe rental at Island Lake Recreation Area.
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