Macomb County has a wealth of outstanding recreational resources for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Lake St. Clair is one of the most popular recreational boating destinations in the country. Popularly referred to as the “heart” of the Great Lakes, this nearly circular body of water is 26 miles long and has an area of 430 square miles. Lake St. Clair lies astride the border between southeastern Michigan and southern Ontario. Communities such as St. Clair Shores, Harrison Township, Chesterfield Township, and New Baltimore offer opportunities to live on the lakefront or canal property complete with private slips.
With 31 miles of Lake St. Clair shoreline and over 53,000 registered pleasure craft owners, Macomb ranks among the top boating counties in the nation. The county has nearly 100 public and private marinas with slips accommodating roughly 10,000 boats.
The major fishing resource is Lake St. Clair, which is a world-class fishery for Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Muskie and Panfish. Stony Creek Lake, Pond Creek, the North Branch of the Clinton River, and Coon Creek also provide excellent fishing opportunities.
Macomb County is home to more than 130 parks covering 12,000 acres, which offer a wide range of all-season activities. Nearly 50 miles of trails provide safe and scenic places to hike, bike and horseback ride. You’ll find more than 40 public golf courses here.
The Macomb Orchard Trail is a non-motorized path that provides users with a safe transportation and exercise route through central and northern Macomb County. At a length of 23.5 miles it is the largest hike/bike path in the County, and one of the largest in southeast Michigan. This 236-acre linear park serves as an important connection between local communities and the surrounding area. Locally, it connects people to parklands, downtowns, businesses, schools, residences, and open spaces. Regionally, it provides a connection from St. Clair County to Oakland County, and on a statewide basis, the trail system will ultimately span from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.
Macomb County’s 27 municipalities have over 120 community parks, each with its own unique charm. Activities include: play fields and courts, nature walks, fishing areas, pools and water parks, inline skating rinks, picnic areas, historic villages, dog parks, trails, concert pavilions and many other recreational assets.
Lake St. Clair Metropark features a one-mile shoreline and a 1,600 foot boardwalk on picturesque Lake St. Clair. This 770-acre recreational facility is a haven for boaters, swimmers and anglers. The marsh area is home to an abundance of waterfowl, and is a top bird watching site. The park features a swimming pool, spray park, marinas, nature center, Par-3 golf course, bike path, adventure golf and picnic areas.
Built around the 500-acre Stony Creek Lake in gently rolling terrain, this 4,461-acre metropark offers many recreational activities, including nine large picnic areas, an 18-hole championship golf course, nature center, a nature interpretive area, 24-hole disc golf course, two swimming beaches, play areas, boat launch, and boat rentals. Ten miles of paved roads and over six miles of hike/bike trails provide scenic tours. Mountain bikers and hikers enjoy our 14 miles of hilly, heavily wooded dirt trails that traverse the southwest side of the park. Stony Creek Lake is a popular fishing spot for pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, perch, bluegills and crappies. Winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice-skating.
Here you can visit farm animals, step back in time at a historic grist mill or play 18 holes of golf. This 2,625 acre park, which also includes Camp Rotary, is located along the banks of the North Branch of the Clinton River in Ray Township, in north central Macomb County.