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Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area sits just outside of Detroit and has become a popular weekend motorhome camping spot for residents of the vibrant city. Conveniently located along the stretch of Interstate Route 75 that runs between Pontiac and Flint, it’s also a popular spot amongst travelers visiting the Great Lakes of Michigan.
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area sits on the northern banks of Pontiac Lake and provides the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the tranquil waters and surrounding woodland. When you book an RV in Oakland County, you have the choice to spend your day's boating, hiking, horseback riding, and even snowmobiling. It’s the perfect year-round spot, with activities offered in every season. So, what are you waiting for, get your RV rental near Pontiac Lake Recreation Area secured today!
You can’t go on a Pontiac Lake Recreation Area camping trip without having a dip in the water or jumping on a boat to find your own piece of paradise in the water. There are three boat launch ramps on the lake, two of which have ADA-accessible docks and make it a breeze to access the water. Although there are few restrictions on the water, it’s generally understood that the open expanses of water are reserved for powerboating (jet skiing, wakeboarding, and sailing), and the shallower water and hidden tributaries reserved for smaller boats like your kayaks and canoes. If you’re RV camping at Pontiac Lake Recreational Area without your own vessel, it’s easy enough to pick up your own rental from one of the two marinas sitting on the shoreline.
Fishing is not uncommon on Pontiac Lake, and you’ll often see all sorts of boats anchored up reeling in fish from the depths, or fishers along the shoreline who have found their own secluded spot. Angling from either of these vantage points will put you in good stead to catch any of the species lurking in the depths. Largemouth bass, northern pike, and catfish are some of the most common catches, though you might also find crappie, bluegill, catfish, and rock bass dangling at the end of your line too.
Back on dry land, there’s plenty to keep you busy, no matter when you decide to rent a camper at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. During the warmer months, there are heaps of multi-use trails that wind through the park open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Though the paths aren’t paved, the dirt tracks are usually well maintained and make for a pleasant stroll or challenging hike. During winter, these trails transform into a winter wonderland and used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Campers planning on camping at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area are in luck as there is a 176-wide campsite within the park with excellent amenities. Campers won’t find any full hook up sites here, but all of the spots are equipped with 20, or 30 amp electric hook-ups, and have easy access to basic toilets and potable water taps. The perks to staying here are its close proximity to the hiking trails, boat launch ramps and picnic areas in the park.
For something a little more luxurious, head towards Holly, home to the Auburn-Hills-Holly KOA. Along with full hook up facilities for your RV rental, those traveling in non-self-contained units can take advantage of modern restrooms, a laundry room, and potable water taps. Families will be happy to learn that there are plenty of entertainment options for the gang, too, including a swimming pool, bike rental service, mini-golf course, children’s playground, and basketball courts.
When you rent a camper near Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, you’ll be less than an hour’s drive away from Detroit, home to plenty of cultural attractions and family-friendly activities.
Detroit Zoo is one of the most popular family attractions in the city and has been up and running since 1928. With more than 2,400 animals to discover across 125 acres, it’s worth setting aside at least half a day to explore the whole area. Exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, where penguins waddle, the Australian Outback Adventure, where kangaroos hop and the Great Apes of Harambee, where orangutans swing.
Also worth a visit is the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation while you’re in town. This fascinating museum is full to the brim with exhibits on people whose ideas and innovations changed the world. Highlights include stepping foot in the exact bus where Rosa Parks took a seat and perusing an extensive celebration of the Wright Brothers’ achievements.
For travelers with creative flair, the Detroit Institute of Arts museum is a must-visit attraction. Boasting more than 100 galleries, it is home to one of the largest art collections in the United States and is considered to be among the top six art galleries in the country. The permanent collection includes works by renowned American artists, including George Bellows, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Winslow Homer.