Someone once said life is about making tradeoffs. That someone obviously never had a production at Genesee County Parks. Want stunning natural scenery? An authentic historic village complete with working train? Rough terrain for testing or filming off road vehicle? Quick access to urban grit (and charm)? Got it, got it, got it, got it (and got it). Not to mention a can-do spirit that makes taking full advantage of these unique amenities feel like a walk in the park (which, come to think of it, it is). Your next location is easy to find. It’s just up Interstate 75 and around the corner. At your Genesee County Parks.

We’re the largest and most diverse county park system in the state of Michigan. Our 11,000 acres bring together water, forest, rolling meadows, beaches, rugged terrain and one of the country’s finest historical villages (complete with an authentic narrow-gauge railroad and not one, but two operating C.W. Parker amusement rides). Throw in a calendar with four real seasons and we can make a home for just about any shoot.


“This is way better than a studio back lot. Crossroads Village is actual historic buildings, not replicas or sets. And the best part is having a real steam engine railroad. I think when the film industry finds out about this place, it will be booked all the time.”
—Kevin Reidy, line producer, Alleged

“Genesee County Parks offers incredible diversity and natural beauty for shoot locations. Crossroads Village shows historical aspects one might expect to find on Hollywood’s backlots.”
—Matt Martyn, executive producer, Ahptic Productions

“The Genesee County Parks team is great to work with—affordable, accommodating and completely professional. And the historic backdrop is perfect… we’re so glad we chose Crossroads Village as the site to make a film for the National Park Service.”
—John Allen, Signature Communications, producers of “Crossroads” 1862 Battle of Corinth


To assist with production, we can provide filmmakers with on-site planning and production assistance; coordination for accommodations, catering, and transportation; power and utility needs; craft services, and extras. 


Permits to film or photograph in our parks start at just $150. Also available for your use at modest fees are: The Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat, the restored narrow-gauge Huckleberry Railroad and its several miles of track, barns, bridges, boat docks, pavilions, tennis courts, ball diamonds and playgrounds.


While you’re setting the stage in Genesee County, you’re within an hour of an international airport and several pre- and post-production shops. Both union and non-union workers are in ample supply, and the nearby talent ranges from unskilled extras to Screen Actors Guild card holders.

When you’re ready to discuss your filming options or photography, or just need some questions answered, please contact Garry Pringle, Park’s Operations Manager at or 810.249.3859.

*Please note that commercial filming or photography is those that will be distributed publically either for sale, advertisement or similar.  If you are a photographer taking photos for individual clients (NOT for commercial sale), you do not fall under commercial filming and photography guidelines. If you are filming short videos for publicizing on YouTube, that may still be considered commercial use and should be discussed ahead of time.