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Clinton Lakes County Park

Features

  1. 1200' Beachfront
  2. Fishing
  3. Gently Sloped Swim Area
  4. Hiking
  5. Parking
  6. Picnic Areas
  7. Picnic Tables
  8. Trails
  9. Vault Toilet Facility

FALL / WINTER / SPRING OPERATING SCHEDULE FOR MOTZ PARK/CLINTON LAKES


Park will continue to operate from 8:00 am to sundown with Park Rangers on duty through Labor Day (Monday, September 7th, 2020).

After Labor Day, park will be unstaffed and the beach house locked except for the two following weekends (Saturday – Sunday) September 12th-13th and September 19th-20th. On those days, the park will operate normally from 8:00 am until sundown.

After Sunday, September 20th, the main entrance gate/beach house facilities will be locked until May 2021. The park itself remains open throughout the year and visitors may use one of two gravel parking lots along DeWitt Road and walk into the park. Visitors must leave the park by sundown.



About the Park

Clinton Lakes County Park is a 272-acre property acquired in November 2013. The property is located west of Francis Motz County Park. The park features amenities such as outstanding shore and paddle craft fishing, more than 5 miles of hiking trails, and nature watching and photography opportunities.

Fish species available include walleye, perch, bass, bluegills, crappies and sunfish. All boating access is by carry-in boat only with no gasoline motors allowed to protect the lake from the spread of aquatic invasive species including zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil. The park has a unique native prairie
restored by partners from a former agriculture field that provides exceptional habitat for grassland birds, pollinators including monarch butterflies and protects the water quality of Big and Little Clinton Lakes by reducing sedimentation and nutrient inputs.

Key partners in the prairie restoration were the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Fish and Wildlife, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grassland program, the Clinton County Conservation District, the Clinton County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Stoney Creek LLC Habitat Restoration and Management and the Clinton County Parks and Green Space Commission.


Lakes


There are 2 stocked lakes on the property:

  • Big Clinton Lake - 90 Acres 
    • Yellow Perch (2013, 2017)
    • Walleye (2013, 2017)
    • Rainbow Trout (2013, 2017)
    • Crappie (2017) 
    • Bass

 

  • Little Clinton Lake - 12 Acres
    • Bluegill (2013, 2017)
    • Largemouth Bass (2017)