The Southern Lakes area is full of outdoor recreation opportunities and chances to get outside to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! With access to dozens of parks and recreation lakes there is no excuse not to get outside and moving! SLPR also offers many fun and exciting activities at local parks, so be sure to check out the calendars for more information on upcoming events. Choose an area to explore, Fenton, MI Area Parks or Linden, MI Area Parks.
Bush Park is a 5.5 acre park located on the Shiawassee River with an entrance at the east end of Jefferson Street, behind St. John Catholic School or off of Leroy St. next to Spa Naturelle. This large park features volleyball courts, children’s play equipment, a tot lot area, rest rooms, a gazebo, a pavilion with electricity and picnic tables, picnic areas, and a small island to enjoy. The pavilion and the gazebo are available for rental at the city offices. Visit the City of Fenton website for more information.
Community Center Rackham Park is a beautiful 3 acre park located on the Shiawassee river behind the Fenton Community and Cultural Center on South Leroy Street. There are two tennis courts and a large grassy area for games or picnicking, a fountain, and a walking path. The park is always open to enjoy and within walking distance of City Hall, the Millpond Park and downtown Fenton’s restaurants. Choose a park bench and enjoy watching the ducks play on the river. Please contact the City of Fenton to reserve this park. (For information on renting the Fenton Community & Cultural Center, please call 810.629.2512).
Conklin Park is a little 1 acre park located at 1040 Silver Lake Road at the corner of Silver Lake Road and Poplar Street. This pleasant park is across the street from Steven’s Furniture. Picnic tables, grills and playground equipment are available and a walking path leads from the park to Silver Parkway. Several parking spots are available off of Poplar Street. Locals enjoy taking their lunch break at this park.
Dauner-Martin Nature Sanctuary is quiet gem in Fenton the 174 acre park belongs to Michigan Nature Association with entrances and parking on Dauner Road and North Leroy Street (Fenton Road). The Dauner-Martin trail system has 4.5 miles of rustic marked trails and feels like a step out into the wilderness, right inside city limits. As a nature preserve, Dauner-Martin has no restroom facilities, but there are benches and wooden boardwalks courtesy of local Boy Scouts, all within the preserve. Visit the Michigannature.org website for a printable map and more information.
Fenton Township Park & Beach is open from 8 am – 10 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day. This fantastic beach area is located directly behind the Fenton Township Civic Community Center (Township Hall) on Mantawauka Drive – just walk toward the Township Hall building and then around on either side to get behind the building and to the park and beach. The winding boardwalk is barrier free, and along with a swim area in the summer, there are picnic tables, benches and playgrounds.
Franklin Adams Park is a small 1 acre neighborhood park located at the intersection of South Long Lake Road and Appletree Lane, right across the street from beautiful Lake Fenton. A baseball backstop, a basketball hoop with half-court pad, grills, benches, swing set, and picnic area are available for use at this little park in the north end of Fenton.
Freedom Park is a small .35 acres located in the heart of Dibbleville. This triangular park is bordered by East Shiawassee Avenue, and West Elizabeth and Park Streets. Street parking on one side of Elizabeth is available. The park holds a gazebo, picnic tables and memorials for the Civil War, World Wars I and II. The park sits among some of the historic Victorian houses of Fenton and is within walking distance of downtown. Locals know this is a great spot to catch Fenton’s Memorial Day parade and Fenton’s Freedom Fest parade.
Fenton’s Millpond Park is a nice sized 4 acre park, located on the Fenton Millpond. Millpond Park is right within downtown Fenton and is right near City Hall, the Shiawassee Riverwalk and is within walking distance of the other downtown parks, the Fenton Library and the A.J. Phillips Fenton Museum and Historical Society. The focal point of City Hall in downtown Fenton is the Fenton Gazebo, a popular place for people of all ages. City Hall’s park is surrounded by the tranquil Shiawassee River. Playground equipment is available across the river, accessible by a footbridge. Picnic tables and benches are available and on-site parking is available. The gazebo is available for rental at the city offices.
Oak Park is a small 1 acre neighborhood park, located off North Road on Oak Park Drive. Benches, an arbor, a swing set and in the summer months a community garden can be found in this small neighborhood park. Parking is roadside.
O’Donnell Park is a tranquil 2 acre park located on the east end of the Fenton Millpond at the corner of East Ellen Street and East Street near the East Street River Bridge. A picnic table and benches sit upon a wooden platform overlooking the Millpond, and the Shiawassee Riverwalk can be taken from here to reach downtown Fenton. Local enjoy fishing, feeding the ducks, watching the sunrise and grilling as this Fenton park.
Silver Lake Park is an expansive 37 acres city park, located on Silver Lake. Enter at 16100 Jennings Rd. The park is open year round, but the beach is only open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Outside of this time there are no fees to enter the park, visit the City of Fenton website to learn more about fees and rentals at Silver Lake Park. This popular park offers a bathhouse, playground equipment, ball fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball equipment, picnic tables, grills, pavilions, concession stand, and woods with a marked trail. Many organizations and businesses hold events at this park as nice pavilions can be rented out. Book your next family get together at this park and let the kids enjoy a nice day out.
Shiawassee Riverwalk begins at Strom Park and continues through the back of the Fenton Community Center.
Strom Park (.7 acres) is located at 299 South East Street, near the East Street Bridge and across the Millpond from O’Donnell Park. Boat Access to the Fenton Millpond is available and parking is available onsite. The park is always open and has no entry fees. There is a small boat launch, a small gazebo, a picnic area, and plenty of fishing. The Shiawassee Riverwalk begins here at Strom Park, and continues across the bridge to O’Donnell Park where it continues on through downtown Fenton to the Community Center.
Clover Beach is located on Byram Lake and open from 8 am – 7 pm Memorial Day – Labor Day. Clover Beach is located at 15349 S. Linden Rd. Linden MI, reservation arrangements can be made by phone (810) 736-7100, toll free (800) 648-7275, fax (810) 736-7220 or email email@example.com. Parking is available at Clover Beach and across the street at the Linden Park and facilities are available through the summer months. Picnic tables and a beachfront pavilion are available, as well as a barrier-free walking path winding from the parking lot to the bottom of the hill and the beach. During the winter the park is a favorite spot for sledding and tobogganing on an intermediate hill on the west side of the park.
LAFF Pathway (Phase 1)
Phase 1 of the Silver Lake Road Trail is a 2 mile long, 10-foot wide asphalt trail that begins at Lobdell Road and Haviland Beach Drive in Argentine Township, runs north on Lobdell Road, east and north through the Linden School campus, then continues east on the north side of Silver Lake Road through Fenton Township to the City of Linden’s existing sidewalk system located at Chestnut Way. Construction began June 15, 2020 and the trail is now open for use. Visit the LAFF Pathways page for more information.
Linden County Park
Linden County Park is a large 135 acre park, is just outside and to the south of the City of Linden. Located at 15349 S. Linden Rd. Linden MI, reservation arrangements can be made by phone (810) 736-7100, toll free (800) 648-7275, fax (810) 736-7220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ball diamonds, tennis courts, playground equipment, pavilions, charcoal grills, and picnic areas abound. Soccer fields are available down the way and nature walking trails are available through the forest. This is also the site of Finch Park. The pavilions are available for rental and the park is managed by Genesee County Parks & Recreation.
Linden Eagles Park
Linden Eagles Park is a playground area and park seated at the end of Walmar Street, just off Silver Lake Road in downtown Linden. The park is known for the striking wooden playground within the greenery, just off the beaten path. Within walking distance of Linden’s downtown shops and the public library, this park is always open and has no entry fees. Parking is available at the end of Walmar Street.