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Pinckney Recreation Area
Alcohol Restrictions
Alcohol is prohibited from April 1 through September 30 without the written authorization of the park manager at the Silver Lake and Halfmoon units. The Pickerel Lake Boat Launch has an alcohol ban year round.
Cross Country Skiing
Pier fishing is available at Silver Lake and Crooked Lake. Shore fishing is available at Silver Lake.
An extensive trail system is available to the hiker and mountain biker. The trails all begin at Silver Lake Beach. Trailside camping is available within designated campgrounds. Please contact the park office for registration information before you camp.
The majority of the recreation area is open to hunting according to the various seasons, except for safety zones around the developed day use areas, campgrounds and office areas. There are seasonal restrictions on shooting from April 1 to September 14. Target shooting is prohibited at any time or place.
Metal Detecting
Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Michigan State Park Explorer Program
Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
Mountain Biking
An extensive trail system is available to the hiker and mountain biker.
There are two public beaches, one at Silver Lake and one at Halfmoon Lake. The Bruin Lake beach is only open to campers.
Watchable Wildlife
The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at www.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing.
Beach House
A beach house with change courts and showers is available at the Silver Lake day use area.
Boat Launch
Boaters and anglers will find great opportunities on the many lakes throughout the recreation area. There are improved boat launches on Bruin, Halfmoon, South, North, Joslin and Portage lakes. Unimproved ramps are located on, Crooked, Gosling, and Hiland Lakes. There are hand-carry access sites onto Sullivan Lake and Pickerel Lake. The chain of seven lakes can be accessed from Bruin and Halfmoon.
Cabins & Lodges
Electrical Service
Modern Restrooms
Picnic Area
Boat rentals, a trail system, seasonal modern toilet facilities, playground, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and a fishing pier are available at Silver Lake beach and picnic area. A boat launch, picnic shelters, trail access, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and playground are available at Halfmoon Lake beach and picnic area.
Picnic Shelter
Two picnic shelters are available at Half Moon Lake. These shelters can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com. There is also a tent available for rent at the Silver Lake day use area. To reserve this tent, please call the park at 734-426-4913.
Rustic Site
Walk-in Sites
The Glenbrook Yurt is located on a ridge overlooking the Portage River and Halfmoon Lake and is on the shortcut on the Potawatomi Trail.

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