Pontiac Lake Shooting Range

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The rifle, pistol and trap ranges at the Pontiac Lake shooting range will be closed at some point this summer for lead reclamation work. Please check back for updates.

Welcome to the Department of Natural Resources-staffed Pontiac Lake shooting range. You will notice continued improvements to our range. The renovations were funded by grants through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Rifle Association.

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Location: Williams Lake Road, North of M-59, then west on Gale
7800 Gale Road
Waterford, MI 48327
Map of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Oakland County
GPS: 42.67890N; 83.44116W

Hours of Operation
November 16 through September 30: 5 Days Per Week, Thursday through Monday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 1 through October 31: 6 Days Per Week, Wednesday through Monday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 1 through November 15: 7 Days Per Week
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rifle/Pistol Range (rifles, muzzle loaders, handguns and shotguns with slugs only)
15 stations @ 100 yards
9 stations @ 50 yards
6 stations @ 25 yards
5 stations @ 10 yards

Note: Paper targets with a bulls-eye pattern or a depiction of legal game may be used. No human form silhouettes or metal targets. .50 Caliber BMG and larger center fire rifles and muzzle loaders larger than .80 caliber are prohibited.

Hand Trap Range (shotguns/clay targets)
10 stations

Note:  Target and low brass shells with light loads only, 7 ½ - 9. Shooters are to bring a target thrower and clay targets.

Archery Range 
1 station @ 40 yards
1 station @ 30 yards
1 station @ 20 yards
1 station @ 15 yards
Note: Shooters may bring their own targets, which must be removed when finished, or use the targets provided. No broadhead arrow shooting allowed. Crossbows are allowed.

Knife Range  (knives & axes)
2 stations

Modern Restrooms

Range Fees
$4.00 per shooter (cash or checks only; credit and debit cards are not accepted), age 16 and older, per day. Shooters under the age of 15 shoot free. Shooters under the age of 16 must be directly supervised by an adult.

Recreation Passport is required for entry.

Programs and Classes
The range is available for youth groups and hunter education programs. Please contact the range at the number listed above for information and scheduling.

Good to Know
Shooters are responsible for providing their own eye and ear protection, ammunition, and targets. The shooting range has accessible shooting stations.

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