Located between Ann Arbor and Jackson, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. At more than 20,000 acres, the park boasts two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, a swimming beach, several picnic sites, 11 excellent fishing lakes, eight boat launches, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, three rustic cabins, numerous equestrian trails and the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center.
The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center features year-round exhibits and nature programs on Michigan’s geologic history. The Discovery center also offers 15 miles of hiking trails, and seven miles of un-groomed cross-country ski trails for the intermediate to advanced skier.
There are multiple campgrounds within Waterloo that offer modern, rustic, equestrian and group camping. There are also cabins and even a Yurt with occupancy ratings of 5 to 20 people. Seriously, a Yurt!
The park abuts the Phyllis Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary where visitors can enjoy gazing at numerous Sand Hill Cranes from late August to early November, and a Crane festival at the Discovery Center in the fall. They even offer Fall color tours and wine tours. Information about programs can be obtained by calling them at (734) 475-3170.
For a full map of the park, click here.
For more information about the Waterloo Recreation Area, visit their website here.
Here is a list of the Campgrounds located inside the Waterloo Recreation Area:
|Waterloo Green Lake-Rustic|
|25 site(s), $12|
|Boat Launch, Fishing, Hiking, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet|
|Waterloo Portage Lake-Modern|
|136 site(s), $24/$22/($16 semi modern-off season rate)|
|Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Some Campsites with 50 amp Service, Swimming|
|164 site(s), $24/$22|
|Boat Launch, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Playground, Some Campsites with 50 amp Service, Swimming|
|25 site(s), $17|
|Campers with horses, Equestrian, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet|
|Waterloo-Green Lake Yurt|
|1 site(s), $60|
|Waterloo-Group Use Area|
|5 site(s), $2 Per person, per night|
|Playground, Rustic Site, Swimming, Vault Toilet|
|Waterloo-Portage Lake Camper Cabin|
|1 site(s), $60-$80/Night|
|Cabins & Lodges, Electrical Service|
|3 site(s), $60/$80|
|Cabins & Lodges, Vault Toilet|