Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Isabella County Parks & Recreation

Isabella County Parks and Recreation

Let Your 2017 Summer Memories Begin with Your Isabella County Parks!

It's not too early to begin planning your summer. Create memories nearby while camping and enjoying your hra 2sandy beaches at Coldwater Lake Family Park, Deerfield Nature Park and Herrick Recreation Area. Cabins overlooking the water are also available for rent at Coldwater Lake and Herrick Recreation Area!

Plan a family reunion or party for any occasion using one of the many pavilions Isabella County Parks and Recreation has to offer. All have access to other park features such as playgrounds, horseshoes, sand volleyball and sandy beaches.

Whether you're looking for a camping get-a-way or pavilion to host your family reunion, Isabella County Parks is the perfect remedy for creating memories!

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

Mushroom Hunts


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

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 052Parks staff will soon begin the removal of the Playground at Coldwater Lake Family Park. 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 match 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. Installation is scheduled for next spring.

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.


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.

Concept Plans Completed for County Parks

Concept Plans have been completed for the County Parks. These plans provide possible improvements and costs over the next 20 years. Park Consultants MC Smith & Associates were hired to create the plans.

Isabella County Parks Concept Plans

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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

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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