Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

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Address: Pontiac Lake Recreation Area 7800 Gale Rd Waterford Charter Township, MI 48327
Countie(s) trail is located in: Oakland
Trail Type(s): Cross Country Skiing <> Fishing <> Hiking <> Horseback/Equestrian <> Mountain Biking <> Snowmobile <> Swimming <> Canoe/Kayak
Trail Measurement: 3,745 Acres
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Recreation Passport Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 3745 (Acres)


Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, with 3,745 acres of a mixture of marshes, ponds, heavy forests, old farm fields, river bottom, and lakes that support a variety of animals and excellent hunting. Designated trails throughout the recreation area are available for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

The park is located near the urban areas of southeast Michigan and is easily accessible by the major highways: I- 75, I-96, US-24, and M-59. The Pontiac Silver Dome is only 15 minutes away. Detroit’s convention and cultural centers, Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are only 45 minutes from the park. Some of the state and county institutes of learning are easily accessed from Pontiac Lake Recreation Area: University of Detroit, Oakland University, Colombiere Center, Oakland Community College, and Wayne State University.

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area is located in White Lake Township, Oakland County, Michigan, just west of Waterford, Michigan. It is 3,745 acres (15.16 km2) in size.


  • Campground – 176 Sites, 24 Equestrian sites
  • Beach House
  • Boat Launch
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter – Reservation required
  • Playground
  • Stable – Horse rental
  • Store
  • Shooting Range


  • Cross Country Skiing – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Horseback Riding – 17 miles (27 km)
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Mountain Biking – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


Pontiac Lake-Modern
176 site(s), $19
Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Playground

24 site(s), $18
Equestrian, Equestrian Camping, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet


Pontiac Lake-Equestrian
Trail Length in Miles: 17.00 (Miles)

Pontiac Lake-Hiking Trail
Trail Length in Miles: 1.90 (Miles)

Pontiac Lake-Mountain Bike Trail
Trail Length in Miles: 11.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking

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References and More Info

  • Compass Latitude: 42°40′32″N
  • Compass Longitude: 83°28′14″W
  • Numeric Latitude: 42.675556
  • Numeric Longitude: ‘-83.470556
  • Elevation in Feet:
  • Elevation in Meters:
  • Trail Measurement: 3,745 Acres

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