Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Stony Creek Metropark has already started taking reservations for its summer and fall family-friendly camping weekends at Ridgewood Campground.
It may not be camping weather just yet, but Stony Creek Metropark isn't wasting any time in booking site reservations for its Ridgewood Campground. Located one mile from the park's Eastwood Beach, and two miles from the Nature Center, Ridgewood opened last summer and currently offers 45 "rustic campsites," of which two are handicap-accessible and four are primitive walk-in only. Two larger sites are also available that can accommodate larger groups with more tents or campers. Enjoying a positive response to last year's family-friendly camping weekends, the park is planning seven more of these special weekends this summer and fall. Stony Creek is currently booking site reservations for May 31-June 2, June 21-23, July 12-14, July 26-28, Aug…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The 2013 Freeze Your Franny 5K run/walk is Jan. 26 at Stony Creek Metropark, with proceeds benefiting MCREST, the Macomb County Food Bank and 4 Paws 1 Heart.
With warming tents, snow-free running paths and an endless supply of hot cocoa, organizers of the Freeze Your Franny 5K say there is no excuse for skipping this winter exercise and charitable fund-raiser. “This is a no excuse event,” said event director and Roberts Elementary teacher Nancy Smith. “This is a chance to get out and get active in the winter. It is so beautiful at Stony Creek and I don’t think you could find a more perfect event.” Hosted by the Utica Education Association and Utica Paraprofessionals Association, the Freeze Your Franny 5K run/walk will return to Stony Creek Metropark for its third year Saturday, Jan. 26. "As teachers and parapros, we’re always working to raise awareness of issues like obesity and providing …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Great Lakes Surf Shop of St. Clair Shores hosts yoga classes on paddleboards on the water at Burke Park in New Baltimore and Stony Creek in Shelby Township this month.
Yoga has long been associated with serenity and finding your center. And, thanks to a new series of classes hosted by St. Clair Shores-based Great Lakes Surf Shop, yogis can find tranquility on local waters. Yoga on the Lake—using the stand-up paddleboards becoming popular with water sports enthusiasts— is offered at Stony Creek in Shelby Township and on Lake St. Clair at Burke Park in New Baltimore. It takes the exercise away from yoga mats and onto paddleboards, where balancing is more of a challenge. The first session attracted about 9 people at Burke Park, said Great Lakes Surf Shop co-owner Melanie Rucinski. "A lot of people weren't sure what to expect. However, it ended up being a lot of laughs and a lot of splashes and a good …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
From hours to entrance fees, we've got a roundup of beaches you and your family can enjoy in Macomb County all summer long.
31300 Metro Parkway Harrison Township, MI 48045 Hours: Park hours 6 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. on weekends; Beach opens at 8 a.m.; pool opens at 11 a.m. Facilities: 1,000 foot beach, Olympic-sized swimming pool with water slides, squirt zone Entry Cost: $5 daily parking pass, $25 annual parking pass, $3 pool usage fee Beach Information: metroparks.com, http://www.macombcountymi.gov/publichealth/ or by calling 586-463-4581. Special Events: Fireworks on Monday, July 2, at 10 p.m. There is a $5 daily vehicle permit before 5 p.m.; $10 special event daily vehicle permit required after 5 p.m.; free admission with annual permit. 4300 Main Park Rd. Shelby Township, MI 48316 Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; beaches open at 8 a.m. Facilities: …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The swimming pools, beaches and spraygrounds at Lake St. Clair Metropark and Stony Creek Metropark will all be open by Saturday, May 26.
If hitting the beach is in your Memorial Day plans, you won't have to travel far to enjoy the sun and surf this weekend. The swimming beach Lake St. Clair Metropark, formerly Metro Beach, and Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark are open already, with Stony Creek's Baypoint Beach scheduled to open Saturday, May 26. The swimming pool and "Squirt Zone" spraygrounds at Lake St. Clair will also open Saturday. A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily. A fireworks display will be held on separate dates during the Fourth of July holiday at Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek metroparks. A $10 special event daily vehicle permit is required after 5 p.m. …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Stony Creek and Lower Huron Metroparks offer an alternative to campers who don't want to spend the time or money on a trip Up North.
With its scenic lakes, forests and dunes, Michigan is a camper's paradise, but high gas prices may limit the number of trips local residents take "Up North" this summer. Metroparks to the rescue. Both Stony Creek and Lower Huron Metroparks will offer "rustic camping weekends" this summer to provide a local, lower-price alternative for residents seeking a quick getaway into the great outdoors. Moving its campground to the Ridgewood picnic area, Stony Creek will offer five rustic camping weekends through October. The campground contains 43 standard campsites, of which two are handicap-accessible and four are primitive walk-in only. The standard campsites can accommodate up to one camper and two tents, while the premium sites, of which there …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
From Lake St. Clair (formerly Metro Beach) to Stony Creek, local metroparks have dozens of events planned to keep vacationing kids busy during spring break.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Schools across Macomb Township will soon be out for spring break and that means planning a slew of activities to keep the kids busy during the week. If you're planning to stay in the area for spring break, you'll find dozens of kid-centered events planned at Lake St. Clair (formerly Metro Beach), Stony Creek and Wolcott Mill metroparks. Here's a look at what's on the calendar: Natural Egg Dyeing Family Nature Club - Who’s Lost in the Woods? Spring Break Special: Wise Up on Owls Spring Break Special: Eggsperiments Spring Break Special: Nature Songs & Hot Dogs Spring Break Special: Make a Hiking Staff Spring Break Special: Spring Pond Personalities Pioneer Week - Chores Pioneer Week - Making Dinner Pioneer Week - Cabins & Fun Babies, Babies…
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The cold weather and blanket of snow means it is time to head to Stony Creek, which offers several sledding and tobogganing hills.
This may be the last, and for some, first time, this winter you've had a good excuse to dust off the sleds and get outside. With the recent snowfall, Stony Creek Metropark, which extends across Oakland and Macomb, will be a haven for winter sports enthusiasts for it's variety of fun and family friendly options. There are several sledding, tobogganing and snowboarding hills at West Branch and Gladeview picnic areas. Snowboards are permitted on one designated hill in Gladeview. No sledding and tobogganing is allowed after 6 p.m. The Nature Center is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on the weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. The 500-acre Stony Creek Lake is a hot spot for ice fishers looking to catch pan fish, bass, pike and walleye. An …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
High E.coli levels close Baypoint Beach in Stony Creek and Blossom Heath Beach in St. Clair Shores.
Baypoint Beach in Stony Creek is closed Sept. 13 because of high E. coli levels. However, Eastwood Beach remains open. The Macomb County Health Department tests the water at six public beaches twice a week for E. coli bacteria. This bacteria lives in the digestive system of humans and warm-blooded animals. If the levels of E. coli are unsafe (in excess of 300 E. coli colonies per 100 milliliters of water) swimmers could contract minor illnesses, including sore throats or diarrhea. The E.coli levels at Baypoint Beach were 443 on Sept. 12. Eastwood's E.coli level were 54. Also closed Sept. 13 is Blossom Heath Beach in St. Clair Shores. While the beaches are closed, the remainder of the park facilities remain open.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Stony Creek Metropark is the first park in Michigan to get the Rip Slide, a 3-story inflatable water slide.
One of the world’s largest inflatable water slides opens Friday at Eastwood Beach in Stony Creek Metropark. The Rip Slide is 175 feet long, 47 feet wide, about three stories tall and can be used wet or dry. Tickets to ride the slide are $1 per ride, $7 per hour or $20 per day. The slide is open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, weather and wind conditions permitting. A vehicle-entry permit is required to enter Stony Creek. An annual permit costs $25, $15 for seniors. In addition, $5 daily passes are available. For more information on Stony visit www.metroparks.com or call 800-47-PARKS.