YANKEE SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
YANKEE SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
2104 S. Briggs Road
Middleville, Michigan 49333
Yankee Springs Recreation Area was once the hunting grounds of the Algonquin Indians and the famous Chieftain, Chief Noonday. The site was established in 1835 and the village was made famous by Yankee Bill Lewis who owned and operated a hotel along the stagecoach run from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids. The rugged terrain, the bogs and marshes, the lakes and streams, and the unique beauty of the park's 5,200 acres lend itself to many forms of recreation.
A modern campground is located on the shores of beautiful Gun Lake while rustic camping is available at Deep Lake. An equestrian campground and a youth organization campground also are available. Nine lakes are located within the park boundaries providing excellent fishing and water sports of all kinds.
As a year-round park, cross-county skiing on its more than 10 acres of Nordic ski trails, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are all popular winter activities. Three special points of interest in the park are: Devil's Soupbowl, a glacially carved kettle formation, Graves Hill Overlook and The Pines, accessible from the extensive trail systems.
Favorite fairweather activities include 30 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of challenging mountain bike trails, 9 miles of horseback trails, as well as two public beaches, picnic shelters, and two universally accessible fishing piers one at Gun Lake and one at Deep Lake.
Yankee Springs Deep Lake-Rustic(800) 447-2757 120 site(s)Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Yankee Springs Gun Lake-Modern(800) 447-2757 200 site(s)Boat Launch, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms
Yankee Springs-Equestrian(269) 795-9081 25 site(s)Campers with horses, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Yankee Springs-Group Use Area(269) 795-9081 0 site(s), Contact the parkRustic Site, Vault Toilet
Yankee Springs Trail Riders Association's Judged Trail Ride
Yankee Springs Trail Riders Association's Judged Trail Ride consists of 10 plus stations for mounted equestrians to complete tasks. The event is held at the Yankee Springs Horse Camp. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. YSTRA membership is required as well as a participation fee of $25 per rider or $15 for riders 17 and younger. Lunch will be served at the pavilion, after the ride has been completed. Awards will be handed out to the top honors. For more information contact Ron Walker at 616-437-0747.
Additional fees may include: membership, camping
August 8 - August 9
Competitive Mounted Orienteering
Come to Yankee Springs Recreation Area for this fun Competitive Mounted Orienteering event. Participants should register and meet at the Horseman's Campground. With the event occurring on the bridal trails. Participants must bring their own horse and will be provided with clue sheets.
Launch sites are available on Deep Lake and from the day-use area of Gun Lake. Non-accessble launch sites are located at Payne Lake, Hall Lake, Williams Lake, Long Lake, and a remote access site at McDonald Lake.
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The wide diversity of terrain attracts skiers from the first timer to the expert.
The 12-mile Mountain Biking Trail, which includes a four-mile loop of the Deep Lake Trail, leads through some of the most rugged hills in the area. See trail listings for additional information.
See additional information about specific hiking trails. The Gun Lake Trail is the only trail that meets federal accessability standards. The North Country Trail includes six miles within the recreation area. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan.
Yankee Springs-Chief Noonday Trail Trail Length: 4.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Yankee Springs-Gun Lake Trail Trail Length: 0.50 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Yankee Springs-Hall Lake Trail Trail Length: 2.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Yankee Springs-Long Lake Trail Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Yankee Springs-Mountain Bike Trail Trail Length: 12.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Yankee Springs-Sassafras Nature Trail Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Yankee-Springs-Deep Lake Trail Trail Length: 4.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking, Mountain Biking