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    Top Spots in and near East Lansing

    • Laingsburg, Michigan

      Rose Lake Area Loop

      2.79 mi / 167 ft gain
      Rose Lake Area Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Haslett, Michigan.
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    • Grand Ledge, Michigan

      Ledges Trail in Grand Ledge

      2.56 mi / 167 ft gain
      The designated parking here is Fitzgerald Park. This park has a $3 entrance fee per car ($5 for non-residents). If you want to avoid this fee, park in downtown Grand Ledge and find the Riverwalk on the south side of the Grand River, just west of downtown. A good parking spot is right next to F...
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    • Pinckney, Michigan

      Blind Lake Loop

      10.56 mi / 860 ft gain
      Finding a quiet, relatively secluded place to backpack can be difficult in Southeastern Michigan. However, backpacking at Blind Lake in the Pinckney State Park is a fantastic option for those searching. Blind Lake is accessible by a 7 mile hike in from Silver Lake, but can be approached from seve...
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    • Brighton, Michigan

      Island Lake Yellow Trail Loop

      5.56 mi / 453 ft gain
      Island Lake Yellow Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near South Lyon, Michigan.
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    • 690 South Broad Street, Michigan

      Paddle the Shiawassee Heritage Water Trail

      This adventure begins at Waterworks Park in Holly. There is a parking lot, pedestrian bridge, map, nature lookout, and designated launch at this site. From here to Storm Park in Fenton, it is 7 river miles and will take most paddlers 2-3 hours. The Shiawassee is a slow-moving, warm water river th...
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    • Island Lake Pathway, Michigan

      Paddle the Huron River in the Island Lake Recreation Area

      Park at the Island Lake Picnic Grounds, also known as the Kent Lake parking lot.  Look for a spot on the west end of the parking lot and carry your kayak down to the river – but don’t worry, they have installed a nice little kayak slide to assist you as you walk down the river bank!  Simply, plac...
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    • Belding, Michigan

      Paddle the Flat River

      12.5 mi
      This adventure starts as any kayaking trip does: the great car-kayak shuffle.  I’ll leave that planning to your group size, but I recommend a 2 car minimum, one left at the take out spot (Fallasburg Park or downtown Lowell behind the KDL Library) and the other parked at Whites Bridge Road.  If yo...
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    • Ann Arbor, Michigan

      Hike Bird Hills Nature Area

      10 mi / 200 ft gain
      Having lived in Michigan and the greater Detroit area for only one year, I'm still constantly looking for the next place to take my mind off the day-to-day work grind. Michigan, the Great Lake State, is certainly not a bad place to be to do so. Roughly one hour outside of Detroit rests Bird Hills...
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    • Ann Arbor, Michigan

      Paddle the Argo Cascades

      This adventure starts at Argo Park. Rent a kayak for $21 (including shuttle service back) or bring your own. Caution: parking can be limited on the busiest summer days, so be sure to check out the overflow lots and shuttles. Check the livery website for hours and additional parking information. ...
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    • Ann Arbor, Michigan

      Paddle Argo Pond

      You can launch from many points along Argo Pond (which is the name of this dammed portion of the Huron River), but the most abundant parking is located at Argo Park, Bandemer Park, or Huron Bridge Park. This is a popular place for paddleboarders, kayakers, canoers, and rafters during the summer. ...
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