Yankee Springs State Recreation


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Yankee Springs State Recreation Area

Yankee Springs State Recreation Area of Barry County, Michigan

Hiking Yankee Springs State Recreation AreaCross country skiing Yankee Springs State Recreation AreaMountain biking Yankee Springs State Recreation AreaHorseback Riding Yankee Springs State Recreation AreaSnowmobiling Yankee Spings State Recreation AreaCanoe or Kayaking Yankee Springs State Recreation Area

Trail Distance:

25 miles long containing several loops ranging in size from 0.5 to 13 miles long.

Directions:

Click here for directions.

Trail Difficulty:

Hiking: Easy to Moderate

Cross Country Skiing: Novice to Advanced

Mountain Biking: Intermediate to Advanced

Trail List:

Trail Description:

2104 S. Briggs Road
Middleville MI 49333
Phone Number: (269) 795-9081
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes

Cross country ski trail is groomed.

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.

Features:

  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program
  • Hunting
  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
  • Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Alcohol Restrictions Apply
  • Hiking
  • Bridle Trails - Trails may have other designated uses.
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing.
  • Cross Country Ski
  • Metal Detecting Areas

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