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Pontiac Trail

Address: Pontiac Trail Michigan
Countie(s) trail is located in: Oakland
Trail Type(s): Camping <> Cross Country Skiing <> Fishing <> Hiking <> Horseback/Equestrian <> Mountain Biking <> Snowmobile <> Canoe/Kayak
Trail Measurement: 5.5 Miles
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Proud Lake State Recreation Area of Oakland County, Michigan

Trail Distance:

Over 20 miles long with many loops ranging in size from 0.5 to 15 miles long.


  • To Headquarters – From I-96 exit 159 follow Wixom Rd. N. 7 miles.
  • To Campground – From I-96 Exit 159 follow Wixom Road N. 6 Miles. At traffic light turn right (east) onto Glengary. Campground is approx. 1 mile on the left.

Trail List:

  • Marsh Trail – 1 mile
  • Blue Trail – 4.75 miles
  • Red Trail – 3.75 miles
  • Green Trail – 2.5 miles
  • Powers Beach Trail – 1 mile
  • Proud Lake–Equestrian/Biking – 8.83 (Miles), Bridle, Mountain Biking
    • Bridle Trails – Trails may have other designated uses. These trails are located west of Wixom Road and are shared with mountain biking. (Phone Number: 248-685-2433)
  • Proud Lake-Hiking/Skiing – 6.07 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
    • Two sections of these trails run parallel to the Huron River while another section loops around a marshy area and provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. (Phone Number: 248-685-2433)
  • Chief Pontiac Trail – 5.5 miles
  • Service Road Trail – 1.5 miles

Ski trail is not groomed.

Proud Lake Recreation Area, located in Commerce Township, Michigan is state park under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The recreation area has a total area of 4,700 acres and it offers various outdoor activities including hiking among 20 miles of hiking trails, cross-country skiing, fishing in the Huron River, hunting (in limited areas), canoeing, and picnicking. A campground office is open during summer months. Admission to the Recreation Area is included the Michigan Department of Natural Resources State Park membership.

The daily admissions fee is $5, while it costs $10 for a yearly pass.

Proud Lake Recreation Area, with more than 4,700 acres, is located on the scenic Huron River in Oakland County and offers diverse and plentiful recreational opportunities. More than 20 miles of trails cover several diverse habitats. During the winter months, skiers can enjoy seeing the evergreens draped with snow. In the spring, hepatica, marsh marigold, violets and many other wildflowers abound. Guided interpretive walks and other nature activities are offered. A schedule of upcoming programs is available at the park office year-round or at the campground office during the summer months.


  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program – Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the State Park Explorer Program.
  • Hunting – Hunting is permitted from September 15 through March 31. Rabbit, squirrel, deer and grouse are among the wildlife hunted, each having its own designated season. Hunting is allowed west of Wixom Road and north of the Huron River.
  • Fishing – Great catches of rainbow and brown trout await the angler. From April 1, when a two-mile stretch of the Huron River is stocked with trout, until the last Saturday in April, catch and release rules apply. Regular fishing rules apply the rest of the year. There is fishing in the lakes for bass, pike, sunfish and crappies.
  • Canoeing – Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the Proud Lake Campground and the Huron River. Canoe drop-off and pick-up services are available, for more information on rentals click here.
  • Canoe/Kayak Rental – Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the Proud Lake Campground and the Huron River. Canoe drop-off and pick-up services are available, for more information on rentals click here.
  • Picnic Area – Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
  • Picnic Shelter(s) – The two picnic shelters at Powers can be reserved for group use. If a shelter is not reserved, it is available for any patron.
  • Alcohol Restrictions Apply – Alcohol is prohibited from the Huron picnic area from April 1 through September 30 without the written authorization of the park manager.
  • Hiking – Two of the hiking/ski trails run parallel to the Huron River, while another loops around a marsh. The longer trail, north of the Huron River, meanders alongside forests, fields and wetlands.
  • Bridle Trails – Trails may have other designated uses. An extensive network of trails offering varied terrain is available for equestrian and mountain bike riders. Trails are located west of Wixom Road.
  • Mountain Biking – About 10 miles of trails are open to mountain biking. Trails in the western portion of the recreation area are shared with equestrian riders and hikers.
  • Snowmobile Area – Allowed with 4″ of snow or more on the ground.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch – Access for boating and fishing. – Boaters may access Proud Lake at the Bass Lake Road boat launch. Registered campers may launch boats at the campground launch.
  • Concession/Store – Boat rentals are available from April to October for row boats, canoes, paddle boats and kayaks. Reservations are available with special group services.
  • Cross Country Ski
  • 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.


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References and More Info

  • UP Trails
  • Compass Latitude: 422846N
  • Compass Longitude: 0833909W
  • Numeric Latitude: 42.4794784
  • Numeric Longitude: ‘-83.6524396
  • Elevation in Feet:
  • Elevation in Meters:
  • Trail Measurement: 5.5 Miles


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