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Yankee Springs Recreation Area
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2104 S. Briggs Road
Middleville, Michigan   49333

Phone: 269-795-9081
Yankee Springs Recreation Area was once the hunting grounds of the Algonquin Indians and the famous Chieftain, Chief Noonday. The site was established in 1835 and the village was made famous by Yankee Bill Lewis who owned and operated a hotel along the stagecoach run from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids. The rugged terrain, the bogs and marshes, the lakes and streams, and the unique beauty of the park's 5,200 acres lend itself to many forms of recreation.

A modern campground is located on the shores of beautiful Gun Lake while rustic camping is available at Deep Lake. An equestrian campground and a youth organization campground also are available. Nine lakes are located within the park boundaries providing excellent fishing and water sports of all kinds.

As a year-round park, cross-county skiing on its more than 10 acres of Nordic ski trails, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are all popular winter activities. Three special points of interest in the park are: Devil's Soupbowl, a glacially carved kettle formation, Graves Hill Overlook and The Pines, accessible from the extensive trail systems.

Favorite fairweather activities include 30 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of challenging mountain bike trails, 9 miles of horseback trails, as well as two public beaches, picnic shelters, and two universally accessible fishing piers one at Gun Lake and one at Deep Lake.
Yankee Springs Deep Lake-Rustic(800) 447-2757 120 site(s)Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Yankee Springs Gun Lake-Modern(800) 447-2757 200 site(s)Boat Launch, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms

Yankee Springs-Equestrian(269) 795-9081 25 site(s)Campers with horses, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Yankee Springs-Group Use Area(269) 795-9081 0 site(s), Contact the parkRustic Site, Vault Toilet
Launch sites are available on Deep Lake and from the day-use area of Gun Lake. Non-accessble launch sites are located at Payne Lake, Hall Lake, Williams Lake, Long Lake, and a remote access site at McDonald Lake.

Yankee Springs Recreation Area is located near Battle Creek, Byron Center and Caledonia

See additional information about specific hiking trails. The Gun Lake Trail is the only trail that meets federal accessability standards. The North Country Trail includes six miles within the recreation area. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan.

Yankee Springs-Chief Noonday Trail Trail Length: 4.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking

Yankee Springs-Gun Lake Trail Trail Length: 0.50 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking

Yankee Springs-Hall Lake Trail Trail Length: 2.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking

Yankee Springs-Long Lake Trail Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking

Yankee Springs-Mountain Bike Trail Trail Length: 12.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking, Mountain Biking

Yankee Springs-Sassafras Nature Trail Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking

Yankee-Springs-Deep Lake Trail Trail Length: 4.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking, Mountain Biking
The 12-mile Mountain Biking Trail, which includes a four-mile loop of the Deep Lake Trail, leads through some of the most rugged hills in the area. See trail listings for additional information.
Cross-country Skiing
The wide diversity of terrain attracts skiers from the first timer to the expert.

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