The property will be the second state park in Michigan to be jointly managed by a state and county recreation agency
After years of planning, a new ORV park in Oakland County is in the works and moving forward. As part of a long-term goal of the Statewide Trail ORV Plan, the DNR wanted to create an opportunity for legal, public off-road vehicle recreation in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County was selected as a prime area to develop such an opportunity because it has the highest percent of licensed ORVs in the state, but the county does not offer legal public riding areas.
The DNR was awarded a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase property in Oakland County for Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission to operate an ORV park. In 2017, the DNR purchased 235 acres that will become the park. On April 2, 2019, Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved a 20-year operating agreement (with a 10-year additional option) with the DNR. Under the agreement, OCPR will operate the ORV Park, located in Groveland and Holly townships, in collaboration with the DNR. A cooperative agreement for OCPR and DNR to jointly manage this unique area will be finalized.
The park is a collaboration between the DNR Parks and Recreation Division and the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission.
The park, consisting of former and active sand and gravel mines, is located off I-75 (at Grange Hall) and Dixie Highway across from Groveland Oaks County Park and Campground. The park will be open to all types of ORVs, including full-size vehicles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles or ATVs and motorcycles. The intent is for the park to be self supporting.
There will be a daily entry fee (approximately $15-$25 per vehicle) and an ORV license and trail permit will be required. There will be no requirement for a Recreation Passport or a Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Vehicle Permit.
Approximately 113 acres are expected to be open in summer 2020 with additional acres coming online as mining is completed on the remaining property. The full 235 acres is expected to be operational by 2023.
An important part of the planning process includes naming the new park. The DNR and Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission collected ideas for a park name in late April, and are reviewing those suggestions now.