HAYES STATE PARK
W.J. Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is bordered by a group of inland lakes frequented by anglers and boaters. The park's close proximity to Michigan International Speedway, crafts and antique shows and other attractions make Hayes State Park a prime tourist destination. The park is also newly handicapped accessible.
Hayes State Park is one of the system's oldest state parks. Dedicated in 1920, the park originally was named Cedar Hill State Park. The name changed when the Hayes family donated land to the park with the condition that it be renamed to honor Walter J. Hayes, a Michigan senator. The park has gone through many changes, but the major constant has been the attraction of Michigan's visitors to the recreational waters of Wamplers Lake.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT
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1. Hayes State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming on Wamplers Lake.
2. The lake is clean and well-maintained, suitable for swimmers of all levels.
3. Lifeguards are not always present; swim at your own risk.
4. Swimming areas have picnic tables, grills and restrooms nearby for convenience.
5. There's also a children's playground close to the swimming area.
6. Pets are prohibited in designated bathing areas but allowed elsewhere around the park with leash control enforced strictly.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is a boat launch available, providing easy access to Wamplers Lake where you can enjoy fishing or simply cruising on the water. Paddle sports such as canoeing and kayaking are also popular activities in this area due to its calm waters. Motorized boats are allowed but must adhere to certain regulations regarding speed limits and noise levels.
Enjoy fishing in the 410-acre Wamplers Lake, known for its abundant largemouth bass and northern pike. Other species include bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and walleye. Ice fishing is also popular during winter months.
Hayes State Park is located near Adrian, Ann Arbor and Brooklyn
Hayes State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables, grills and pavilions. Picnic Island provides beautiful lake views for picnickers.
Biking enthusiasts can enjoy the park's paved roads. Off-road biking is not permitted, ensuring preservation of natural habitats.
The terrain varies and may be challenging for beginners or young children on bikes.
Remember to wear a helmet while cycling; safety should always come first.
Cyclists must adhere strictly to designated paths in order to protect local wildlife and plant life.
Ensure you have adequate water supplies as there are limited refill stations along routes.
Please note that bike rentals aren't available within this location - bring your own equipment.
Avoid riding at night due its lack of lighting facilities which could pose risks.
Always respect other visitors by maintaining reasonable speeds and keeping noise levels low when pedaling through populated areas.
For automobile and speed lovers, the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn is a short drive from the park. Stage Coach Stop, USA, a local theme park, is also within miles of the park. Other local activities include miniature golfing and antique shopping along U.S. 12.
Canoe, row boat, paddle boats and tube rentals available. Call the concessions vendor at 517-467-4550 or the park at 517-467-7401 for hours and prices.
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 statues. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
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Entrance on US-12 9 miles West of Clinton, 4 miles East of M-50, M124 cuts directly through the middle of the park.