Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

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Recreation Passport Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 3745 (Acres)


Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, with 3,745 acres of a mixture of marshes, ponds, heavy forests, old farm fields, river bottom and lakes that support a variety of animals and excellent hunting. Designated trails throughout the recreation area are available for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.

The park is located near the urban areas of southeast Michigan and is easily accessible by the major highways: I- 75, I-96, US-24 and M-59. The Pontiac Silver Dome is only 15 minutes away. Detroit’s convention and cultural centers, Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, are only 45 minutes from the park. Some of the state and county institutes of learning are easily accessed from Pontiac Lake Recreation Area: University of Detroit, Oakland University, Colombiere Center, Oakland Community College, and Wayne State University.

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area is located in White Lake Township, Oakland County, Michigan, just west of Waterford, Michigan. It is 3,745 acres (15.16 km2) in size.


  • Campground – 176 Sites, 24 Equestrian sites
  • Beach House
  • Boat Launch
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter – Reservation required
  • Playground
  • Stable – Horse rental
  • Store
  • Shooting Range


  • Cross Country Skiing – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Horseback Riding – 17 miles (27 km)
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Mountain Biking – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


Pontiac Lake-Modern
176 site(s), $19
Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Playground

24 site(s), $18
Equestrian, Equestrian Camping, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet


Pontiac Lake-Equestrian
Trail Length: 17.00 (Miles)

Pontiac Lake-Hiking Trail
Trail Length: 1.90 (Miles)

Pontiac Lake-Mountain Bike Trail
Trail Length: 11.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking

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