Proud Lake State Recreation Area

Commerce Township, Michigan

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This loop at Proud Lake State Recreation Area follows the Huron River, crosses the river next to Proud Lake, and then explores the woods northwest of the lake. On the return is an extensive boardwalk through a dense river marsh. The trails are semirugged, and the woods will give you that deep sense of solitude, even when you pass the occasional day campers on the trail. The Huron River pours out of the eponymous Proud Lake at the east end of the park and flows many miles through a chain of lakes before emptying a short distance from Kensington Metropark at the west end. Less than 9 miles away, as the crow flies, the Huron River wells up from the ground and is little more than a trickle.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

This loop at Proud Lake State Recreation Area follows the Huron River, crosses the river next to Proud Lake, and then explores the woods northwest of the lake. On the return is an extensive boardwalk through a dense river marsh. The trails are semirugged, and the woods will give you that deep sense of solitude, even when you pass the occasional day campers on the trail.

The Huron River pours out of the eponymous Proud Lake at the east end of the park and flows many miles through a chain of
lakes before emptying a short distance from Kensington Metropark at the west end. Less than 9 miles away, as the crow flies, the Huron River wells up from the ground and is little more than a trickle.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Commerce Township
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Proud Lake State Recreation Area, 3500 Wixom Rd., Commerce Township, MI 48382; (248) 685-2433; michigan.gov/proudlake
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; maps available at park office and on website
Driving Directions: Directions to Proud Lake State Recreation Area

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