Brighton Recreation Area

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Brighton Recreation Area provides 4,947 acres of recreation for park visitors to use. The area has a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills, interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. Brighton Recreation Area has several miles of trails available for equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking. Oak forest, thick hedgerows and open spaces blend on the uplands while grassy marshes, shrub marshes and dense swamp timber mark the lowlands.

Location: Take I-96 to exit 140 at Latson road. Take Latson road south to Chilson Road. Continue south on Chilson road to Bishop Lake road.

Campgrounds:

Brighton Appleton Lake-Rustic
25 site(s), $13
Boat Launch, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Brighton Bishop Lake-Modern
144 site(s), $21
Barrier-free Facilities, Boat Launch, Boat Rental, Electrical Service, Fishing Pier, Hiking, Michigan State Park Explorer Program, Modern Restrooms, Mountain Biking, Sanitation Station, Swimming

Brighton Murray Lake-Rustic
25 site(s), $13
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Brighton-Equestrian
19 site(s), $18
Equestrian, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Brighton-Group Use Area
1 site(s), Contact the park
Group Use Area, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Brighton-Rustic Cabins
5 site(s), $55-$86 per night
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Trails

Brighton-Bishop Lake Hiking Trail
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)
Barrier-free Facilities, Fishing Pier, Modern Restrooms, Vault Toilet

Brighton-Equestrian Trail
Trail Length: 18.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Equestrian, Vault Toilet

Brighton-Kahchin Trail
Trail Length: 2.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Modern Restrooms, Vault Toilet

Brighton-Murray Lake Trail
Trail Length: 9.00 (Miles)
Mountain Biking

Brighton-Penosha Trail
Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Brighton-Torn Shirt Mountain Bike Trail
Trail Length: 5.10 (Miles)
Hiking, Mountain Biking

Trail Distance:

Over 21 miles long.

Directions:

Location Take I-96 to exit 147 at Brighton. Go west approximately 6 miles to Chilson Road, and drive south 1 1/2 miles to Bishop Lake Road to park.

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Trail Description:

6360 Chilson Rd
Howell MI 48843
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 4947 (Acres)

Ski trail is not groomed.

Brighton Recreation Area provides 4,947 acres of recreation for park visitors to use. The area has a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills, interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. Brighton Recreation Area has several miles of trails available for equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking. Oak forest, thick hedgerows and open spaces blend on the uplands while grassy marshes, shrub marshes and dense swamp timber mark the lowlands.

Features:

  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program – Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the State Park Explorer Program.
  • Hunting – Wildlife is abundant in the park and hunting is allowed during legal seasons.
  • Playground – These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Both picnic areas have a small play area for children.
  • Beach House – Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
  • Swimming – Bishop Lake beach has been totally remodeled and is now universally accessible. Opening in the spring of 2006, new features include a beach house, beach area, picnic areas, and a sand volleyball court. Vending machines are available at the beach house.
  • Fishing – Shore fishing is available at all lakes where launches are located. An ADA fishing pier is accessible from the boat launch at Bishop Lake.
  • Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat Rental – Canoes, Kayaks and Rowboats are available. Contact the park for more information by calling 810-229-6566.
  • Picnic Area – Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. Two picnic areas, one at Bishop Lake which is ADA accessible, and one at Chilson Lake. Vending machines are located near the restroom facilities.
  • Picnic Shelter(s) – Four picnic shelters are available for reservation at Chilson Lake’s day-use areas. Shelters can be reserved up to one year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com.
  • Alcohol Restrictions Apply – Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed from April 1 to September 30 in the Bishop Lake Day Use Area without the written authorization of the park manager.
  • Hiking – Two trails are designed to make the remote areas of the park more accessible for visitors.
  • Bridle Trails – Trails may have other designated uses. A full equestrian facility, Brighton Recreation Area offers 18 miles of trails, a riding stable, rustic camping and a staging area.
  • Mountain Biking – Two mountain biking trails accommodate beginning and advanced riders. See trail information below.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch – Access for boating and fishing. Launches are located on Chilson, Appleton, Bishop and Chenango lakes.
  • Cross Country Ski – All trails are open to cross country skiing, however they 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. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
  • Fishing in the Parks
  • Other – Bird watching is a popular recreation activity at this location.

 

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