Island Lake Recreation Area, Brighton, MI

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Island Lake Recreation Area, Brighton, MI

Island Lakes is a very large 4,000 acre state park that lies on the Huron River just south and downstream from Kensington. Starting Northeast and heading Southwest, Proud Lake Park, Kensginton Park and Island Lake Park all pretty much connect to one other by both bike trails and the river making this a huge chain of all large state and metro parks. And even after Island Lake, if you continue Southeast, you immediately run into Huron Meadows Metro Park followed by Brighton State Recreation Area, Picckney State Receration area, and finally Waterlook State Recreation Area as you apprach the city of Jackson area.

There are two main mountain bike trails. The East/yellow look which is 5 miles long and the West/blue loop which is 9 miles long. The paved bike trail is 4 miles long. In the winter, the two mountain bike trails can be snowmobiled and the paved trail and can be cross-country skiied.


  • Numerous lakes and beaches
  • Beach house
  • Canoe livery with pickup service for 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 and 5.5 hour trips down the Huron River from Proud Lake State Recreation Area, Kensington Metro Park and finally through Island Lake Recreation Area.
  • Kayak, paddle boat, canoe rental
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Paved bike trails
  • Small and large camp sites
  • Picnic area and shelters
  • Hot air balloon launch area
  • Rustic cabins for rent
  • Fishing
  • Metal detecting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Gun shooting range

Park Information

12950 E. Grand River Avenue
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone Number: (810) 229-7067
Recreation Passport Required: Yes

Google Map

Massive Chain of State and Metro Parks

Related Web Sites

Micihgan DNR Page on Island Lake

Pure Michigan Page on Island Lae Rec. Area

Small Wikipedia Page on Island Lake

Yelp Page on Island Lake - very good reviews page on Park

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YouTube video of bike riding at park

YouTube video of bike riding at park #2

YouTube video of bike riding at park #3

YouTube video of bike riding at park #4

YouTube video of the dam at Island Lake

YouTube video of Hot air ballooning at Island Lake

Photo slide show video of hot air ballooning over Island Lake and Kensington Parks

YouTube Video many hot air balloons launching at Island Lake

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