Oakland County parks waive entry fees through May

Posted at 10:10 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 10:10:54-04

(WXYZ) — Oakland County Parks and Recreation has waived all entry fees to county parks during the month of May.

They're encouraging people to take a walk in the parks at no cost to get outside. It's an extension on the plan which began on March 20.

“Visiting an Oakland County park is a good option any time of the year, allowing us to recharge mentally while enjoying the obvious benefits of fresh air and pristine natural areas, ” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said. “There’s no question this pandemic has been a test for us all, and I’m grateful so many of our residents continue to practice social distancing and the things to keep themselves, their families and friends safe. This is making a difference.”

There are nearly 80 miles of trails over 7,000 acres in the parks. There are trails for walking, hiking, biking and equestrian riding. You can find more information at

“Our visitor numbers have increased three-fold for this time of year based on car counts,” Parks Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. “It’s obvious people are enjoying a place to stretch their legs and get outdoors with their immediate family. And, we have observed that our guests are taking the call to social distancing seriously. Their diligence played a part in our decision to extend the free park entry.”

Those at the parks should still follow social distancing guidelines.

The parks that are open include:

  • Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard
  • Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27735 Greenfield Road, Southfield
  • Highland Oaks County Park, 6555 Milford Road, Highland
  • Lyon Oaks County Park, 52251 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
  • Orion Oaks County Park, 2301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion
  • Rose Oaks County Park, 10501 Buckhorn Lake Road, Holly
  • Waterford Oaks County Park, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford

The nature centers are closed, but the trails are open at:

  • Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Red Oaks County Park, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights.