Monday, May 01, 2017
Isabella County Parks & Recreation

Isabella County Parks and Recreation

Play on the Way Summer 2017

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FREE Recreation Fun for Kids grades K-12! Central Michigan University’s Mobile Recreation Play on the Way Program is heading to your Isabella County Parks this summer! Pack a snack and head over to the Park for some outdoor fun. Staff provided and trained by the CMU Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Department will bring a fully equipped truck and facilitate youth and families through a variety of outdoor experiences.

Activities such as sports, arts, music and cultural activities, environmental/outdoor education, games and family activities and water fun activities. Daily themes are incorporated into the activities and games to provide a variety of fun, including Schools Out for Summer, Shoot for the Stars, All things SUPER!, Mess Day, Water Day, Outdoor Adventure(canoes) and Things that Fly.

Check out the flyer and calendar of themes, dates, times and locations of the Play on the Way Mobile Recreation Program. Simply register for these FREE Programs by calling 989.317.4083 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the day before attending the program. If you forget to register that’s okay too. Feel free to stop out and join in on the fun! Programs are designated for K-12 graders and participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Campgrounds Open May 1st for the 2017 Season

hra 2It’s time to pull out your camping gear! Campgrounds at Isabella County Parks open Monday, May 1st! Celebrate summer while camping and enjoying your sandy beaches at Coldwater Lake Family Park, Deerfield Nature Park and Herrick Recreation Area. Pause and watch the sunset while staying in one of the rustic cabins overlooking the water at Coldwater and Herrick Parks! Site and Cabins are filling fast, don’t delay make your reservations today!

Contact the Parks Main Office at 989-317-4083 to reserve your campsites, rustic cabins and pavilions today!

Mushroom Hunts

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Come mushroom hunt with Sister Marie Kopin, our Isabella County Foray Leader from the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club. Search and learn about a variety of mushrooms that may be found throughout Isabella County. You will need to wear comfortable hiking shoes as well as bring the following; a whistle, bug spray, jackknife, paper grocery bag(with handles) and picking basket. Register in the Parks Main Office the day before the hunt by calling 989.317.4083 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Paddle Sports Day 2017

DSC01484Paddle Sports Day
Deerfield Nature Park
Saturday, June 10
10am-2pm

This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best instructors on a variety of watercraft. Instructors will act as safety boaters, be available to answer questions, provide basic instructions for strokes and maneuvers and information about boats and the river. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards will be available for everyone to try out on the pond by the beach. This event is hosted by Isabella County parks and is sponsored by Buckley's Mountainside Canoe and Central Michigan University Parks and Leisure Department. Central Michigan University’s Mobile Recreation Play on the Way Program will also be joining us! After enjoying some paddling fun don’t miss out on all the outdoor fun Play on the Way has to offer! This is a Free event with Free entrance to the Park.

Playscape Development Project

JUNE 22 2009 052The old playground at Coldwater Lake Family Park was removed last fall by a group of gentleman from the Weidman Lions Club. A grant for $100,000 was received from the Land Water Conservation Fund for the construction of a new playground at Coldwater Park. The LWCF grant is for $50,000 with a $50,000 match. A $10,375 grant was received from the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Access to Recreation Fund for the playground surfacing which will be universally accessible. The remaining $39,625 will come from the Isabella County Parks Capital Funds. We are excited for the installation of a new playground which is scheduled for this summer.

County Parks Gift Certificates

Children looking over the hanging bridgeParks Gift Certificates make a perfect gift to surprise friends and family with this holiday season! Parks Certificates may be used towards Campsite, Cabin, Pavilion or Annual Vehicle Permit Fees and are ready for immediate gift giving.

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Ash Tree Removal

HRA TREE CUTTING, 5, 9 15 2016Parks Staff have been working to remove dying ash trees throughout Coldwater Lake Family Park and Herrick Recreation Area. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has partnered with Isabella County Parks and the City of Mt. Pleasant to apply (and receive) a grant for $126,000 from the EPA Shoreline Restoration/Protection grant. Isabella County will receive $25,000 of the $126,000 for tree removal/replacement due to invasive species and river bank restoration and erosion prevention. Funds are from the Forestry Division and have been awarded based on the need to remove dead and dying trees within public and Tribal areas within stream corridors.

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Isabella County Building
Parks & Recreation - Rm. 110
200 N. Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Ph: (989) 317-4083
Fx: (989) 779-9916
e-mail

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Except holidays


Seasonal Park Phone Numbers:
Coldwater Lake Family Park
(989) 644-2388

Deerfield Nature Park
(989) 772-2879

Herrick Recreation Area
(989) 386-2010

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