Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
Yes
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Positioned between the towns of Milford and Wixom outside metro Detroit, the Proud Lake Recreation Area offers an outdoor escape for many in the southeast Michigan area. The park is a part of the Huron River watershed and features a chain of lakes, rivers, and marshes interspersed between rolling hills and bogs.

Amenities within the park are robust, offering hiking trails, trailer camping, rustic camping, canoe/kayak rentals, horseback riding trails, cross-country ski trails, retreat/cabin rentals, mountain biking, and guided nature tours. Seasonally, the Michigan DNR releases trout into the Huron River and allows fly fishing and various fishing opportunities year-round. Take note that, as this park is a recreation area in Michigan, there are hunting zones available, but these are well marked. Wearing bright orange during waterfowl and deer seasons is always advised.  

The Huron River, running through the park, holds historical significance as one of the many Native American highways used to communicate between tribes and for trade predating colonial times. Notably, Chief Pontiac used the Huron River to visit other tribes and mount support for his resistance to British and American encroachment.

As a part of the Huron River watershed, the park is well maintained and protected to keep the waters as pristine and pollution-free as is possible. Being in one of the most populated regions of Michigan, this watershed serves as drinking water to many. Please remember to leave no trace and carry out what you carry in. For more information, refer to Proud Lake Recreation Area via the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Numerous amenities. Easily accessible.

Cons

Can be crowded. Close to metropolitan populations.

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Wildlife
Fishing
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Rental facilities
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Wildflowers
Bicycling
Playground
Covered picnic areas
Shelters
Potable water
Backcountry camping
Horseback riding
Guided tours

Location

Field Guide

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