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More than 50 lakes within a 15-mile radius of the Village of Brooklyn have given our area the title "Heart of the Lakes."

Three area lakes, Wamplers Lake, Clark Lake and Vineyard Lake, are large, have parks and support substantial numbers of visitors for summer and winter fun. W.J. Hayes State Park is located at


Public Access Lakes (Over 100 Acres)


Lake NameCountyWater Acres
Clark Lake (map)Jackson580
Devils Lake (map)Lenawee1300
Round Lake (map)Lenawee515
Sand Lake (map)Lenawee440
Vineyard Lake (map)Jackson505
Wamplers Lake (map)Lenawee780

Hiking Trails

Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton, MI 49287
Phone: (517) 431-2060
Come feast your senses on the palette of colors and vistas and sounds of the Gardens in summer. Everywhere you turn you will be treated to the bounty of nature.

7.3 Mile Clark Lake Spirit Trail
Surrounds Clark Lake, Clarklake, MI
The approximately 7.3 mile Clark Lake Spirit Trail, dedicated to the memory of Tom Collins, late owner of the Beach Bar, is open to the public. It goes the entire circumference of Clark Lake. Walkers and bikers may park at the county park on Ocean Beach Road or the Columbia Township Park on Hyde Road. Maps available at the Beach Bar, the Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce and other businesses in Clark Lake.

Hayes State Park/Lake Hudson RA/Cambridge Historical Site
1220 Wamplers Lake Rd, Onsted, MI 49265

Mac Cready Reserve
9243 Skiff Lake Rd., Clarklake, MI

McCourtie Park (The Bridge Park)
12715 E. Chicago Rd, Somerset, MI 49282

Onsted Village Park Rail Trail
Second Street, Onsted MI  49265

Open daily 8 am to 10 pm
Approximately 2 miles, down and back.

Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
14801 Arnold Road, Brooklyn MI 49230
(517) 467-7401

Open 7 am to 8 pm daily
Length: 4.5 miles
Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve is a combination public recreation area and nature preserve located in the Irish Hills, Jackson and Washtenaw counties, Michigan. contains over 1,100 acres of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and open water.

W. J. Hayes State Park
1220 Wamplers Lake Road, Onsted MI 49265

McCourtie Park and Recreation
104 South Jackson Road, Cement City, MI  49233

Open Daily 8 am to 9 pm.

Onsted State Game Area
Prospect Hill Road West, Grassy Lake Road North

Open Daily 7:30 am to 8 pm
There are no set hiking trails, wander at will.

Parks & Recreation

Walter J. Hayes State Park

Walter J. Hayes State Park
Onsted/Irish Hills Area
1220 Wamplers Lake Rd, Onsted, MI 49265
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Hayes State Park is one of the system's oldest state parks. Dedicated in 1920's, the park originally was named Cedar Hill State Park. The name changed when the Hayes family donated land to the park with the condition that it be renamed to honor Walter J. Hayes, a Michigan senator. The park has gone through many changes, but the major constant has been the attraction of Michigan's visitors to the recreational waters of Wamplers Lake.
Cambridge Junction Historic State Park

Cambridge Junction Historic State Park
Walker Tavern Historic Complex

Cambridge Junction, MI

From 1836 to 1855, when a stagecoach ride from Detroit to Chicago was a long and arduous five-day trip, a favorite stopping place to relax and enjoy a meal was Walker’s farmhouse and tavern. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton, MI 49287
Phone: (517) 431-2060

Hidden Lake Gardens is owned and operated by Michigan State University under the division of Land Management, but supported through admission fees, endowments, gifts and the "Friends of Hidden Lake Gardens" membership program. The Gardens is open 362 days of the year. Guided tours, requested at least two weeks in advance, are available at no additional charge. In addition to more than 6 miles of one-way paved drives, there are 5 miles of hiking trails to allow the visitor a closer look at the beauty the Gardens provides.


Agricultural Tourism (Agri-Tourism) is right here in the Irish Hills.

Agri-tourists can choose from a wide range of activities that include picking fruits and vegetables, riding horses, tasting honey, agricultural shows, learning about wine and cheese making, or shopping in farm gift shops and farm stands for local and regional produce or hand-crafted gifts.

People have become more interested in how their food is produced. They want to meet farmers and processers and talk with them about what goes into food production. For many people who visit farms, especially children, the visit marks the first time they see the source of their food, be it a dairy cow, an ear of corn growing in the field, or an apple they can pick right off the tree.


Adams Farm Market
10701 Adams Rd, Clark Lake, MI 49234
Phone: (517) 529-4268
Brainerd Farm
8430 Groger Rd, Onsted MI 49265
(Between Springville and Sand Lake off M-50)
Cherry Creek Vineyard and Winery
11000 Silver Lake Hwy, Brooklyn, MI 49233
Phone: (517) 592-4663
Farmers Market at Manitou Beach Village
290 Devils Lake Hwy, Manitou Beach MI
Every Saturday from 8 am - 1 pm (May-Sept)
Fresh produce, flowers, homemade baked/canned goods, handmade arts/crafts.
Friends of Walker Tavern Farm Market
Intersection of US 12 & M-50, Brooklyn, MI
(Entrance is currently off M-50)
Phone: (517) 467-7793
Irish Hills Beefalo Farm
Onsted, MI 49265
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