Three Michigan state parks to offer water parks this summer

Agency: Natural Resources

May 16, 2018

Contact: Mike Donnelly, 810-229-6566 (Brighton Recreation Area); Shawn Speaker, 248-634-8811 (Holly Recreation Area) or Doug Barry, 906-339-4461 (Van Riper State Park)

Media: John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer, 906-226-1352

Kids enjoying a water park are shown (Photo courtesy of Water Warrior Island)The countdown is on to the Memorial Day weekend opening of three fun-filled aqua parks at Van Riper State Park in the Upper Peninsula and the Brighton and Holly Recreation Areas in southeastern Michigan.

These three floating playgrounds are fun for the whole family. Many of the courses include a series of connected inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers that are suitable for both kids and adults (age and height restrictions apply). There is an additional fee and reservations are recommended.

All three water parks will open May 25 and include:

  • Water Warrior Island is located on Lake Michigamme in Van Riper State Park in Marquette County. This floating playground includes 20-foot water slides, rock climbing walls, trampolines, floating walkways and a ninja-warrior-like obstacle course.
  • Jump Island situated on Bishop Lake within the Brighton Recreation Area in Livingston County, offers the “ultimate inflatable water park experience.” The water course includes an inflatable iceberg, inflatable slides, runways and other obstacles that give visitors the ability to balance, walk, run or slide on water.
  • The WhoaZone on Heron Beach is located at the Holly Recreation Area in Oakland County. The course offers four different routes with four different challenge levels – from easy up to challenging. Visitors can climb, jump, crawl and slide on the gigantic springboard, semi-circle step, the wiggle bridge, half-pipe and more.

Check out a cool video on the parks

Check out a cool video on the water parks.

Ticket and reservation information, rules, height requirements and hours of operation vary between each individual attraction. Links to the three water park websites, a short video and a map can be found at

Recreation Passport is required for entry into most state parks, state forest campgrounds, boating access sites and state trailheads.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

An accompanying photo is available below for download. A suggested caption follows.

Climb: A couple of kids have fun climbing at the WhoaZone. (Photo courtesy of the WhoaZone)

Jump: A group of jumpers at Jump Island. (Photo courtesy of Jump Island)

Kids: Kids enjoying a water park are shown (Photo courtesy of Water Warrior Island)