Brighton State Recreation Area

Brighton State Recreation Area
6360 Chilson Rd.,  Howell,   810-229-6566

The Brighton State Recreation Area and Pinckney State Recreation Area are hosting a run, walk or bike along the Lakelands Trail State Park the end of this month in celebration of National Trails Hiking Day and Public Lands Day! This will be held Saturday September 29, 2012! Click here for more details!

The Brighton Recreation Area consists of nearly 5,000 acres of rolling woods and meadows and is interspersed with lakes, streams and marshes. There are several campgrounds, beaches and hiking and mountain bike trails. The majority of the area is open to hunting, fishing and most winter activities including snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The park also features complete equestrian facilities, including a riding stable with rental horses, campground, staging area and 18 miles of bridle trails. The park does allow metal detecting. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals. A new ‘Green’ Cabin is available  which is equipped with a solar powered compact fluorescent light and ceiling fan. Both the fan and light are powered from a battery that is charged with a single, photo-voltaic panel mounted on the roof of the cabin. The cabin has a beautiful setting, overlooking Caroga Lake, sleeps up to eight and is equipped with bunk beds, a dining table, a propane wall heater, and cleaning supplies. It also comes with a fire ring, picnic table, grill and Adirondack chairs for outdoor enjoyment.

Brighton Recreation Area provides a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills, interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. The area has several miles of trails available for equestrian riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Also the home of the Brighton Recreation Area Riding Stable.  

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Michigan's Recreation Passport

DNR Logo  Recreation Passport
Show your support for outdoor recreation and help preserve green spaces for future generations. When you buy your $10 Recreation Passport, your money goes to preserve and protect locals parks, trails and historic and cultural sites in state parks. The Recreation Passport also replaces the state park sticker to get you into all 99 state parks and 1,000 boat launches.

You can get your Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate online, by mail, at Self Service Stations, at a Secretary of State office or when getting a new plate.
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Map of the Brighton State Recreation Area