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Pinckney State Recreation Area in Michigan

Trip Overview

This is a great place to go for an afternoon or morning. On a recommendation, six of us in three canoes went to South Lake for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. There is a concrete boat launch and dock so take care not to scrape boats up.

The lake is pretty shallow and reedy around the edges and there were a group of about 20 sandhill cranes that were making quite a racket. There is also access to Eagle Lake through a small windy channel. It will take about an hour to paddle around the entire lake, but there are a number of other lakes in the area.


There is an outhouse and parking lot at the access site.


Since its a State Park you are supposed to have a car pass.


From US-23 get off at N. Territorial (exit #49) and head west to Joslin Lake Road. Joslin is a dirt road that hits at an angle and only goes north. Stop when you reach the public access boat launch.


8555 Silver Hill Road

Pinckney MI 48169

Phone Number: (734) 426-4913



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  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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