Parks By Activity

Beaches

They say life’s no day at the beach. But it can be. Any time you want. All you need to do is get away, right away to Genesee County Parks. You might be in the mood for a little peace and quiet at Clover Beach on Byram Lake in Linden County Park. Or some fun and games, Bluebell Beach-style, along the shores of Mott Lake. Or maybe just settle in on Buttercup Beach and enjoy the stunning views of the Holloway Reservoir. Turns out, a day at the beach is just around the corner. At your Genesee County Parks.

The Genesee County Health Department monitors the water quality on a weekly basis from May through September. Click here to review Water Quality Results for Genesee County Parks & Recreation beaches.

Admission and Hours
Free admission. Beaches are open from May 23 - September 1, 2014.
No lifeguards will be on duty during the 2014 season.
Park attendants will be on duty at Bluebell, Buttercup, and Clover from May 23 - September 1, 2014.

Holloway Reservoir Regional Park

5,500 acres, including the 1,975-acre Holloway Reservoir
• Buttercup Beach, May 23 - September 1, 2014, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
7130 N. Baxter Road, Columbiaville, MI 48421

Genesee Recreation Area

  • 540 acres, including Richfield Park and 600-acre Mott Lake.
  • 5500 Bray Road, Flint, MI 48505.
  • Bluebell Beach, May 23 - September 1, 2014, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Bluebell Beach Splash Pad, May 23 - October 1, 2014 (weather permitting), 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Bluebell Beach Splash Pad:

  • uses City water, not water from Mott Lake.
  • water is fresh, not recycled.
  • is the only free Splash Pad in Genesee County.
  • has a zero-depth and barrier-free surface.
  • features an adjacent shaded patio area with picnic tables.
  • is adjacent to the playground.

Visitors are asked to follow these rules while enjoying the Bluebell Beach Splash Pad:

  • Parents must monitor their children.  Parents and/or guardians with children 5 years of age and younger are welcome to supervise them from inside the splash pad fence.  Parents/guardians of older children should supervise them from outside the fence.  A child with special needs may need their parent/guardian with them no matter how old they are.
  • Bluebell Beach Splash Pad is only available for use for children under 12.
  • No running, water fights, squirt guns, water balloons, or buckets are allowed.

Linden County Park

135 acres, 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden, MI 48451
• Clover Beach, on Byram Lake (
see map), May 23 - September 1, 2014, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Alcohol Policy for All Parks
No alcohol or illegal substances are allowed. Park rangers will issue tickets with fines of up to $100 for all violations.

Bicycle Paths

8:00 am - Sunset daily


Bluegill Boat Launch
(see map)
4045 Coldwater Road
Flint, MI 48506
Coldwater Road at Center Road
Click here for driving directions.

Genesee Road south of Stanley Road
Flint, MI 48506-1363

Flint River

.8-mile paved trail linking Carpenter Road and Bluebell Beach
5500 Bray Road, Flint, MI 48505 (Genesee Township)
8:00 am - Sunset daily
Click here for driving directions.

Linden County Park trails
15349 S. Linden Road
Linden, MI 48451-9038
Click here for driving directions.

Get your daily walk in at the Genesee County Parks. Our Walking Trail map features designated walking areas with distances marked for your convenience.

 

Boat/Canoe Launch

Someone once said any day on a boat is a good day. At Genesee County Parks, we agree. That’s why we make it so easy to spend some quality time on the water. The Bluegill Boat Launch puts you onto Mott Lake. And the Walleye Pike Boat launch gets you out on the Holloway Reservoir. Fish your heart away or maybe just kick back and relax. It’s up to you. Any way you like it, life on the water is easy to find. It’s just around the corner. At your Genesee County Parks.

Hydrographic maps of Mott Lake and the Holloway Reservoir are available for $5.00 each. The maps are available for purchase at the Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission Administrative Headquarters, 5045 Stanley Road, Flint, MI, or at the Boat Launch Toll Booths.

Bluegill Boat Launch

4045 Coldwater Road, Flint, MI 48506. Entrances on Coldwater Road at Center Road, and on Genesee Road south of Stanley Road. No wake speed limit on Mott Lake. The Genesee Belle paddlewheel riverboat operates daily on Mott Lake. Please remain at least 500 feet away from the Genesee Belle at all times.

Senior rates apply to those 60 and older.
Open 24 hours a day. Fees in effect April 19 - September 1, 2014.

Resident Annual Pass—$34.00
Non-Resident Annual Pass—$50.00
Resident Senior Annual Pass—$25.00
Non-Resident Senior Annual Pass—$40.00

Daily Vehicle w/Trailer—$10.00
Senior Daily Vehicle w/Trailer—$8.00
Daily Vehicle—$7.00
Senior Daily Vehicle—$6.00

Permits must be permanently affixed to the windshield of the vehicle and are valid for the operating season. Boat launch vehicle permits are valid for the operating season (mid-April to Labor Day).  Credit cards and debit cards are now accepted at both boat launches.

Holloway Reservoir Regional Park

5,500 acres, including the 1,975-acre Holloway Reservoir

Walleye Pike Boat Launch

7240 N. Henderson Road, Davison, MI 48423
Henderson and Carr roads, north of Stanley Road
Open 24 hours a day. Fees in effect from April 19 - September 1, 2014.

Resident Annual Pass - $34.00
Non-Resident Annual Pass - $50.00
Resident Senior Annual Pass - $25.00
Non-Resident Senior Annual Pass - $40.00 Daily Vehicle w/Trailer - $10.00
Senior Daily Vehicle w/Trailer - $8.00
Daily Vehicle - $7.00
Senior Daily Vehicle - $6.00

The City of Flint is responsible for maintaining the water level at the Holloway Reservoir. It is supposed to be at the proper level by May 1 each year. Permits must be permanently affixed to the window of the car. Boat launch vehicle permits are valid for the operating season (mid-April to Labor Day).  Credit cards and debit cards are now accepted  at both boat launches.

  • Canoe Launching Site

  • Flint River below Holloway Reservoir Dam

  • Access on Carr Road between Henderson and Oak roads

Linden County Park

135 acres, 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden, MI 48451

Byram Lake Public Boat Launch

Free.  Open only April 26 to May 4, 2014 and October 4 to October 12, 2014, 8 am to sunset.

Richfield County Park

8:00 am - Sunset daily. 345 acres, located within the Genesee Recreation Area.
6322 N. Irish Road, Davison, MI 48423. Entrance off Irish Road, one half mile north of Coldwater Road, Richfield Township.  

  • Canoe Launching Site, Flint River, north side of park

Alcohol Policy for All Parks
No alcohol or illegal substances are allowed. Park rangers will issue tickets with fines of up to $100 for all violations.

Click here  to access The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities.

 

Camping

Wolverine Campground

There is certainly a lot to do here!  Besides the water fun like swimming, boating and fishing, active kids will love the colorful, but challenging playground equipment located next to the campground store.  On weekends there are specially designed nature and craft activities for the kids.

Disc Golf

Goldenrod Disc Golf Course

What is Disc Golf?

It’s played much like traditional golf, but instead of clubs and a ball, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The object is to complete each hole (basket) in the fewest number of strokes or throws.

Who Plays Disc Golf?

Everyone!

Equestrian

Genesee County Parks is home to two of the finest equestrian facilities in Southeast MichiganEverett A. Cummings Event Center and Elba Equestrian Complex.  Both facilities regularly host local and statewide equestrian events, so advance reservations are necessary.  To reserve your Elba campsite, or to host an event at either Elba or the Cummings Event Center, please contact the Parks reservation office.  Special events require the completion of the Genesee County Parks Special Events form 60 days in advance of the event.  The form is located by clicking on this link.


Elba Equestrian Complex

Located ¾ mile south of Coldwater Road on Elba Road - Elba Road between McDowell and Coldwater Roads. 

With 4,540 acres of trails, 25 individual campsites, a hand pump to water the horse and water for human consumption, a small picturesque inland lake, Elba Equestrian Complex is available for camping with your horse or to host special events.


Everett A. Cummings Event Center

6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, 2 miles east of Genesee Road, Mt. Morris, MI 48458
Click here for driving directions.

8:00 am - Sunset

Snowmobile area is open 24 hours a day. Facilities open when the terrain is frozen and  there is a 3" inch base of snow. Please remember that snow accumulation on the ground is not an indicator of frozen terrain. For dates and times facilities will be open for these activities, please call 810.736.7100.

Click here to download Genesee County Parks Special Events Application Instructions.
Click here to download our Elba/Cummings Special Events Application form.

Fishing Sites

There’s no cure for the stress of the day like fishing. And there’s no place to get your fish therapy like Genesee County Parks. Go hip deep into the Flint River. Take a boat onto Mott Lake. Maybe drop a line off a pier into the Holloway Reservoir. We’ve got all kinds of places to cast for all kinds of fish – bluegill, bass, walleye and pike, just to name a few. They say fishing’s all about the perfect spot. Turns out the perfect spot is just around the corner. At your Genesee County Parks.

Holloway Reservoir Regional Park

5,500 acres, including the 1,975-acre Holloway Reservoir

Fishing Sites:

24 hours daily, open year round

  • Flint River
    Below Holloway Reservoir Dam, Holloway Reservoir
    11135 Carr Road, Davison, MI 48423
  • Holloway Reservoir
    o Stanley Road Tubes
    o Mt. Morris Road Bridge


Buell Lake County Park

8:00 am - Sunset daily. 213 acres, 14098 Genesee Road, Clio, MI 48420


Other Fishing Sites

  • Flint River
    • Carpenter and Bray roads, 5030 Bray Road, Flint, MI 48505
    • Irish Road and Flint River, 6422 Irish Road, Davison, MI 48423
    • Branch Road, G-5380 Branch Road, Flint, MI 48505, mile north of Carpenter Road
    • Genesee and Stanley roads
    • Stanley Road, .25 miles east of Genesee Road
  • Bray Road Fishing Site, Everett A. Cummings Event Center.
  • Goldenrod Disc Golf Course, Zemmer and Hanmann roads.

 

Off-Roading

Sometimes you want to savor the peace, quiet, and serenity of nature. Other times you want to rip through it on a big, bad machine. That’s when you need to ride The Mounds. It’s one of the premier off-road vehicle parks in the Great Lakes region. And it offers diverse, uncompromising terrain that challenges even the most experienced ORVer. ATVs, motorcycles, dune buggies, Jeeps, pickups . . . whatever it is you ride, you haven’t ridden until you’ve ridden The Mounds. There’s a thrill waiting for you. Just around the corner. At your Genesee County Parks.

Mounds ORV Off-Road Vehicle Area

6145 E. Mt. Morris Rd,1.5 miles east of Genesee Road, Mt. Morris, MI 48458
Monday - Saturday, 8 am to Sunset
Sunday, 10 am to Sunset
Click here for driving directions.

Click here to download/view a map of the Mounds ORV Area.

Sledding

Sledding facilities are open when the terrain is frozen and there is a 3" accumulation of snow.

Davison Roadside Park

Beginner's Hill
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. - dusk.


Linden County Park

Intermediate Hill
Hours:  Daily, 8 a.m. - dusk.


Toboggan Hill

Expert Hill
Hours: Thursday & Friday, 5 pm - 10 pm.
Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm - 10 pm.
Closed Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday.
Open during school snow days or school holidays, 12 pm - 10 pm.
When the gate is open the park is open.  No parking allowed along Washburn Road for emergency vehicle access.  Rangers may ticket and tow illegally parked vehicles.

Snowmobiling

Yes, you can snowmobile in the Genesee County Parks!  You don’t need to drive hundreds and hundreds of miles to enjoy beautiful snowy trails.  The great up north is just around the corner in your Genesee County Parks.  Snowmobiling is permitted in the following locations: Linden County Park, Bluegill Boat Launch, Buell Lake County Park, Richfield County Park, Goldenrod Disc Golf Course, E.A. Cummings Event Center, and Walleye Pike Boat Launch when the terrain is frozen and there is a 3-inch accumulation of snow.