Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area

Metamore-Hadley Recreation Area

Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area of Lapeer County, Michigan

Hiking Metamora-Hadley State Recreation AreaCross country skiing Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area

Trail Distance:

6 miles long.


From M-24, go W. on Pratt Rd. to Herd Rd., go S. on Herd Rd. to Park Entrance.

Trail List:

Trail Description:

Ski trail is not groomed.

3871 Herd Road
Metamora MI 48455
Phone Number: (810) 797-4439
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 723 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area is located in Lapeer County, eight miles south of the city of Lapeer. The park consists of 723 acres with 80-acre Lake Minnewanna in the center. We welcome campers, hikers, boaters, anglers, hunters, cross-country skiers and others to enjoy a wide variety recreational opportunities throughout the year.

There are 214 campsites along Lake Minnewanna. The campground offers modern restroom facilities, hot showers, and flush toilets. Each site features electricity, firepits, and picnic tables. A camp store is located at the entrance of the campground. The day use area consists of a marked swimming beach, concession, boat and paddleboat rentals, picnic shelter, and a universally accessible fishing pier.


  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program - Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
  • Hunting - Over two-thirds of the park is available for hunting. The park offers the hunter a chance at taking both small and large game. Maps showing areas open to hunting should be obtained at the park headquarters.
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
  • Swimming
  • Fishing - Feature is ADA Compliant. In addition to the boat launch, there are two fishing piers located Lake Minnewanna. The pier in the day use area is ADA accessible.
  • Canoeing
  • Canoe/Kayak Rental - Row boats, paddle boats and canoes can be rented at the concession between from May 28 to September 5. Reservations available and special group services are offered. For more details, call the concession at 810-797-5228 or the park at 810-797-4439.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. The day-use area consists of a marked swimming area, concession, parking lot with 400 parking spaces and a picnic shelter.
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - For reservations contact the park at (810)797-4439.
  • Alcohol Restrictions Apply - Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed in the day-use areas of the park from April 1 through September 30 without the written authorization of the park manager.
  • Hiking - The hiker will find more than six miles of marked hiking trails that meander through the woods and fields of the park
  • Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground. Snowmobiles may be ridden in the park, but may not be used on the trails or in the campground area.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. There is a boat launch to Lake Minnewanna, which provides recreation for boaters and anglers. The entire lake is no wake.
  • Concession/Store - Concessions are located in the day-use areas. For more details, call the concession at 810-797-5228 or the park at 810-797-4439. A camp store is located near the entrance to the campground.
  • Cross Country Ski - More than six miles of marked trails meander through the woods and fields of the park Trails are not groomed.
  • Metal Detecting Areas - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
  • Fishing in the Parks - Learn more about fishing at Fishing in the Parks, a free educational program.

The park is located close to Seven Ponds Nature Center, Crossroads Village and Frankenmuth. Please check the DNR Calendar for upcoming events at this location and at all state parks and recreation areas.

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