Ortonville State Recreation Area of Lapeer and Oakland County, Michigan
4.25 miles long with 2 loops 1.5 and 2.75 miles long.
M-15 to Ortonville, go E. on Oakwood three miles, go N. on Hadley Rd.
5779 Hadley Road
Ortonville MI 48462
Phone Number: (810) 797-4439
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 5400 (Acres)
Ski trail is not groomed.
Ortonville Recreation Area is located in north Oakland and southern Lapeer counties. This approximately 5,400 acre recreation area contains high wooded hills and a wide range of recreational activities. The development began in 1945, but by the end of 1948, more than 3,700 acres had been secured for the purpose of public recreational use. Additional land acquisitions have increased the area to its present size. The original park, Bloomer #3 State Park, was donated by Howard Bloomer in December of 1922.
A 25-site equestrian campground is located at the trailhead off Fox Lake Road. It is a rustic campground with vault toilets and a hand pump for water. The campground is on a first come first serve basis for campers. The campground offers no reservations, for availability contact the park at (810)797-4439. The equestrian trails offer 6.5 miles of designated trails wandering through Hadley Hills. The day use area at Big Fish Lake offers 300 parking spaces, restroom facilities, a picnic area, two picnic shelters, a playground, horseshoe pits, and a designated swim area.
The Pines Cabin is located in the Bloomer #3 area. The cabin is nestled at the top of a hill in a wooden area near the hiking trails. The rustic cabin offers propane heat, vault toilet, and a grill.
- Hunting - Although Bloomer #3 is deemed a game sanctuary, much of the rest of Ortonville Recreation Area is open to public hunting. Hunting for deer, rabbits, grouse and waterfowl is very popular. Consult the recreation's area map for specific areas closed to hunting.
- Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
- Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
- Swimming - A designated swimming area is located at Big Fish Lake.
- Fishing - Fishing is allowed throughout the recreation area with access sites located on Algoe, Davidson, Round and Today lakes. The lakes and streams may produce a wide variety of fish such as pike, bass, and perch.
- Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. Day-users will find a picnic area, two shelters, a swimming area, playgrounds and horse shoe pits on Big Fish Lake.
- Picnic Shelter(s) - For reservations contact the park at (810)797-4439.
- Alcohol Restrictions Apply - Alcohol may not be possessed nor consumed from April 1 through September 30 without the written authorization of the park manager at the Big Fish day-use area.
- Shooting/Archery Range - Hand trap is available at this range. Click here for additional information.
- Hiking - A 2.5-mile hiking and mountain bike trail are located at the Bloomer #3 State Park.
- Bridle Trails - Trails may have other designated uses. From the equestrian campground, 6.5 miles of horse trails are available for horseback riding.
- Mountain Biking - A 3.5-mile hiking and mountain bike trail are located at the Bloomer #3.
- Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground. The 6.5-mile Equestrian trail is open for snowmobiling with sufficient snow.
- Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. A boat launch is located on Big Fish Lake. High-speed boating at Big Fish Lake is allowed only between 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The boat launch capacity is limited to 20 vehicles with trailers. A boat launch is also available at Davison Lake and Algoe Lake.
- Cross Country Ski - A 2.5-mile cross country ski trail is located at the Bloomer #3.
- 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.
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and the USDA Forest Service.