Even after living is this special place for 30 years, I am still amazed at how few people actually know about this wonderful resource located just 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. The Pinckney Recreation Area encompasses thousands of acres of pristine forest land and many trails open to the public including the Potawatomi Trail and the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Trails pass through oak and pine forests, swamps and open meadows and offer some of the best hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking and hunting in the State of Michigan.
The abundant state land surrounds over a dozen lakes, some with little or no private dwellings. I live on Half Moon Lake, which is an all sports lake connected to six other lakes by navigable channels. The deep lakes offer wonderful swimming, boating and fishing opportunities.
There are campgrounds, day use beach areas and some vacation rentals in the area. Come out and explore the Pinckney Recreation area any time of the year. You will love it!