Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground

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Discover Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground

When you start your search for an RV in Oakland County, you’ll need a place to park and stay, and you may want to look at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground in Waterford. The park itself offers a beautiful setting and excellent recreational opportunities.

Sites at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground can accommodate vehicles of various sizes. Sites provide 20/30 amp electrical hookups, picnic tables, and fire pits. Campground amenities include restrooms and showers, drinking water, a dump station, and a playground.

The Great Outdoors

You’ll have plenty to keep you busy and happy right at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area with your Waterford camper rental. The 3,700-acre park is the site of the longest beach in the state with just over a half-mile of shoreline. The park also contains ponds, marshes, forests, lakes, and old farm fields with a wide variety of wildlife and native species. Its 11-mile mountain biking trail has been recognized as one of the top trails in the country and one of the most technical trails in the area. There is also a model airplane flying field, a horse stable offering guided and group tours as well as pony rides, a beach house with restrooms and changing areas, and rifle, shotgun, and archery ranges. There is a boat launch, and kayaks are available for rent. Other recreational opportunities here include swimming, hiking, picnicking, hunting and fishing, metal detecting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Nature programs are held weekly.

The Indian Springs Metropark is a great way to experience the great outdoors and a great sense of community with your RV rental near the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground. This park covers over 2,215 acres of meadows, woodlands, and restored prairie and has over 12 miles of trails. The Environmental Discovery Center features an underwater pond viewing area. Other recreational opportunities include an 18-hole golf course, a spray/splash pad, an adventure maze, a rock climbing wall, a playground, picnic areas with tables and grills, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, geocaching, and winter activities such as sledding and cross-country skiing.

The Bald Mountain State Recreation Area is comprised of over 4,600 acres of the most rugged terrain and the steepest hills in the area. You can experience and explore here with your Waterford campervan rental. The beach is often considered one of the best in the Detroit area, and the on-site waterpark offers a 25-foot slide, a 20-foot wall, and a challenging course. The area is also home to trout streams, inland lakes, and wild game. There is a boat launch, and boats, kayaks, and paddleboards are available for rent. Recreational opportunities here include swimming, hiking, biking, hunting and fishing, disc golf, and winter activities such as snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. There is also a shooting range and a radio-controlled model airplane flying field.

Exploring the Area

You’ll be near the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn when you camp in an RV near Waterford. This indoor and outdoor museum complex is the largest in the country. It is a designated National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum’s collections include the Lincoln Continental in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a Stradivarius violin, what is alleged to be Thomas Edison’s last breath, the most powerful steam locomotive ever manufactured, and the Rosa Parks bus. The complex also features Greenfield Village, which is an outdoor living history museum with over one hundred historical buildings, costumed interpreters and reenactors, working farms with animals, and a steam locomotive railroad. You can also enjoy a Ford Rouge Factory Tour and a giant screen theater experience. Special events and programs for all ages are held throughout the year.

If you’re looking for big-city attractions and amenities when you rent a camper near the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground, you can head to nearby Detroit for a sophisticated, diverse urban experience. Some of the highlights of this cultural and industrial powerhouse include the Automotive Hall of Fame, the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts, the Arab-American National Museum, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy, the Motown Museum, and the Detroit Riverwalk. There are also eating establishments to suit every taste, retail therapy from boutiques to antiques, professional sports, live music and other performance venues, and a bustling nightlife, including bars, clubs, and casinos. Some of the special events that take place here every year include the Michigan Renaissance Festival, St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, Maker Faire Detroit, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and Noel Nights. Make sure to check out Pure Michigan and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau for up-to-date information on area events, attractions, happenings, and tourist information.

When you are looking for a nice hot meal outside of the RV campgrounds, there are plenty of locally owned establishments to choose from, including classic and contemporary American fare, family-friendly comfort food, bars and pubs, ethnic eateries, and familiar fast-casual chains. And when you need to fill up your tank, you’ll find both gasoline and diesel fuel easily at numerous truck stops, convenience stores, and service stations.

Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

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