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Yankee Springs Recreation Area is a park that covers over 5,200 acres. There are nine lakes within the park area. Chief Noonday Lake, Deep Lake, Duck, Gun Lake, Hall Lake, Long Lake, Mac Donald Lake, Payne Lake and William Lake. All of these lakes have fishing. Yankee Springs Recreation Area has year round outdoor activities. The park includes picnic shelters, playgrounds, two public beaches and two fishing piers. There are thirty miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of mountain bike trails, and nine miles of horseback trails to enjoy in the spring and summer. Fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and swimming are other activities available within the recreation area. There are 10 acres of ski trails, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing in the winter months. The recreation area includes bogs, marshes, lakes and streams.This area was formerly hunting grounds for Algonquin Indians. But in 1835 that changed. Yankee Bill Lewis helped it to become a popular stagecoach stop for those travelling from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids by providing a hotel in that spot.
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