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Pontiac Lake Shooting Range

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A Wild Turkey Hunting Workshop and Patterning Day is scheduled on Sunday, April 12, in cooperation with the Oakland County Beard and Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The Hunting Workshop begins at 1 p.m. Shotgun patterning will be immediately following the Workshop, but those shooters who wish to pattern before the Workshop can do so. The trap field will be set only for patterning. Questions can be addressed to the Range Officer or Dan Potter of the NWTF at 248-548-2036.

The Pontiac Lake range now has modern restrooms!

Pontiac Lake Shooting Range – man shooting a bow at a target See more photos of the Pontiac Lake Shooting Range.

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 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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
10 stations @ 25 yards
4 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, 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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