Highland State Recreation Area, White Lake, MI

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Highland State Recreation Area

Highland State Recreation Area is a large, 5,900 acre park made of up forest, marshes, lakes and rolling hills. It has trails equestrian trails for horses as well as for bicyclists, hikers, walkers, and skiers. There are camp sites, a lake for swimming, horse shoes, and volleyball. Access sites are located on four lakes within the park for fishing and recreational boating. Haven Hill Natural Area, within the park, was designated in 1976 as a National Natural Landmark.

The park is owned and operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The area has remained largely undisturbed for the past 75 years. Haven Hill was preserved as a natural area first by Edsel Ford, whose estate it was, and then by MDNR after Ford's death in 1943.


  • Beach / swimming
  • Equestrian trails
  • Fishing
  • Cross-country skiing and snowmobile area
  • Camping (30 sites) and rustic cabin
  • Picnic shelters
  • Hiking trails
  • Boat launch
  • Two lakes
  • Mountain biking
  • Hunting
  • Designated watchable wildlife site
  • Metal detecting areas

Video of Haven Hill Estate at Highland Recreation

Park Contact Information

5200 E. Highland Road
White Lake MI 48383 Phone Number: (248) 889-3750
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes (State permit)
Approximate Size: 5903 (Acres)

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Related Web Sites

Michigan Trails Page on Park

Wikipedia Page on Park

DNR Page on Park

Park Map

Friends of Highland Recreation Area

Haven Hill Project