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113 Independence Oaks County Park Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

eastern chipmunk
The eastern chipmunk is a common resident
of the woodlands within the park. Chipmunks
can carry huge amounts of seeds in their
expandable cheek pouches. Photo: © Ray Rustem

Located at the headwaters of the Clinton River, Independence Oaks County Park contains the full spectrum of habitat types; from dry, upland forest, to fallow farm fields, to river floodplains, to a 68-acre lake. Nearly 10 miles of trails wander about through these diverse habitats.

Wildlife Viewing

An extensive bluebird trail that runs through the fallow farm fields and open acres of the park offers a good probability of viewing bluebirds and tree swallows from March through August. Overall, more than 150 species of birds have been sighted here. Stop at the nature center to pick up a bird checklist and other materials. A feeding station at the nature center attracts many of the small mammals and songbirds that do not migrate to warmer climates for the winter. On the lake, turtles and water snakes are plentiful, and the river floodplain area is a good location to look for the small, reclusive massasauga rattlesnake. Massasaugas are venomous but non-aggressive. If you find one, observe it from a healthy distance and count yourself as one of the lucky few who ever see Michiganís only rattlesnake.



Take I-75 north out of Detroit. Exit at Sashabaw Road near Clarkston. Turn right (north) and travel 2 miles past Pine Knob Music Theater. Park entrance is on the left side of the road.

Ownership: Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission (248) 625-6473 or 625-0877

Size: 1,088 acres

Closest Town: Clarkston

Weather and Driving Directions for Clarkston

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