One of the things we miss most about living in West Michigan is the easy access to Lake Michigan. It was so nice being able to hop in the car and be at the lake in under an hour.
While we don’t have a “great” lake in our backyard any longer we have found some alternatives that get us on the water and are a ton of fun in the Metro Detroit area.
1. Float/Kayak in the Huron River- Ann Arbor, MI
You can bring your own tube/kayak or rent at the Argo Livery ( link for info here). It’s a pretty slow-moving current which makes it perfect for a relaxing solo or group float. You have some options when it comes to how long of a float you want. On weekends or after 5PM we prefer to park a car at Furstenburg Nature Area and then drive a car to the Michigan Eye Center. You can access the river from there. Bring sunscreen, a waterproof speaker, and a cold beverage. The city of Ann Arbor has a map and further directions here.
2. Lake St. Claire Metro Park-Harrison Twp, MI
Jeff and I were able to check this one out a few weeks ago with some friends. While I have been hesitant to visit Metro Parks in the past (poor prior experience, my sister’s finger may have been slammed in a car door on the way to one — TRAUMA) this park did not disappoint! First of all, this place is huge! Tons of parking and space to spread out–there is nothing worse than feeling like you are sitting on top of other people. There are areas for grilling and consuming adult beverages–whaaat??? Check out their website for a list of all the amenities/activities link here.
3. Sterling State Park- Monroe, MI
Jeff and I paid this beach a visit a few Sundays ago. This beach can be pretty rocky/covered with small shells but the water has a really smooth sandy bottom. Bring beach chairs and your favorite book to enjoy along the shore. This park has a camping area, picnic tables, and a shaded eating area. Overall, a nice place to visit on a sunny day!
Do you have any beaches to recommend? Or possibly a pool or boat you want me to invite me to?!
Drop me a note in the comments 🙂