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Waterloo Recreation Area lies in southeastern Michigan, close to the towns and cities of Jackson, Ann Arbor, and Chelsea. Covering a vast 21,000 acres, Waterloo Recreation Area is one of the largest parks in the state of Michigan. The park is a combination of rolling hills, green forests, and pristine lakes. As the park is home to 11 lakes, fishing, boating, and various watersports are practiced out on the water. The forests offer the perfect habitat for small game and deer, making it a prime hunting ground for Michigan hunters.

Waterloo Recreation Area is also home to over 47 miles worth of hiking and equestrian trails. This long list of recreational opportunities makes Waterloo Recreation Area the perfect place to take a rental RV in Michigan. Accessing the park with an RV rental is made even more accessible with the nearby interstate 94. Rent a camper near Waterloo Recreation Area, and you will find a never-ending list of recreational activities. Search for an RV in Washtenaw County today, and start your Waterloo Recreation Area experience with family and friends.

Getting Outdoors

Being home to 11 lakes, it is no wonder that eager fishermen and women seek out Waterloo Recreation Area as the place to go fishing. Keen anglers set up along the shores of the lakes or on the fishing piers located on many of the park’s lakes. The lakes within Waterloo Recreation Area are home to a wide variety of freshwater gamefish, creating some of the best fisheries in south Michigan. Waterloo Recreation Area campers can try their hands at catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, northern pike, catfish, and many more.

Along with the fantastic fishing, Waterloo Recreation Area’s lakes are also the perfect place to enjoy a spot of boating. With varying sizes and styles of lakes, boating at Waterloo Recreation Area take many forms. Whether you want to jetski and water ski across the large Crooked Lake, or kayak your way around the impressive Mill Lake, there is something for all. Many of the lakes also have boat ramps open all year round; this makes accessing the water simple. Those motorhome camping without a boat of their own can rent a range of boats from the park itself.

As well as the abundance of lakeside recreation, Waterloo Recreation Area is also a haven for hikers, horseback riders, and watchers of wildlife. The park has an endless network of trails that crisscross the park, offering differing views of the surrounding landscapes. The trails differ in both length and difficulty, meaning that hikers of all experience levels of hikers can find a route that is right for them. The 36-mile Waterloo-Pickney trail also passes through the park, connecting it to Pickney Recreation Area.

Camping at Waterloo Recreation Area

Those RV camping at Waterloo Recreation Area will find more than accommodating facilities and camping amenities here. The park is home to over 400 campsites, contained in two campgrounds, one equestrian, and one rustic campground. Holiday RV Campground is an ideal place to set up camp. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewage hookups are provided here. Facilities include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower block, on-site general store, and a swimming pool.

Another campsite is the Oaks Campgrounds RV Park. Full hookups are also provided here, alongside flushing toilets, shower blocks, a dog run, and laundry service. There are also many pull-thru sites here, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome.

Exploring the Area

The nearby city of Chelsea is only a few miles from Waterloo Recreation Area and provides campers with a handful of sightseeing opportunities. The Chelsea Historical Museum is one for lovers of history, both local and national. This small yet captivating museum strives to present the history of the local area. Boasting several well-curated exhibitions, the Chelsea Historical Museum will engage visitors in subjects such as Native American history, the first European settlers, and much more.

The city of Ann Arbor is only half an hour’s drive east from Waterloo Recreation Area, and this city too is perfect for day trips and sightseeing. Those with a love of all things art and culture should not pass up the chance to visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art. This art museum is home to a vast collection of art that spans many eras and styles. The museum’s highlights are pieces by Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, and Claude Monet. The building itself is a sight to behold and was designed in the neoclassical style.

Families camping with children may wish to visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. This museum is designed in a way that allows children to interact with the exhibits and displays, getting far more out of the experience compared to a conventional museum. Each interactive display tries to highlight a specific subject, from the human body to historical displays highlighting the 1930s.

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