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Hayes State Park
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Hayes State Park © Hiersgarr / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The entrance sign to the park.
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Picnic area on Wamplers Lake in Walter J Hayes State Park, Michigan.
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1220 Wamplers Lake Road
Onsted, Michigan   49265

Phone: 517-467-7401
Reservations: 800-447-2757
W.J. Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is bordered by a group of inland lakes frequented by anglers and boaters. The park's close proximity to Michigan International Speedway, crafts and antique shows and other attractions make Hayes State Park a prime tourist destination. The park is also newly handicapped accessible.

Hayes State Park is one of the system's oldest state parks. Dedicated in 1920, the park originally was named Cedar Hill State Park. The name changed when the Hayes family donated land to the park with the condition that it be renamed to honor Walter J. Hayes, a Michigan senator. The park has gone through many changes, but the major constant has been the attraction of Michigan's visitors to the recreational waters of Wamplers Lake.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT web page.
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Enjoy Southeast Michigan's Best Family Camping experience at our clean, quiet, friendly campground. Jumping Pillow, WiFi, Paddle Boats, Minigolf, Swimming, Bicycling and more
12.1 miles from park*

Hayes State Park is located near Adrian, Ann Arbor and Brooklyn

Area Attractions
For automobile and speed lovers, the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn is a short drive from the park. Stage Coach Stop, USA, a local theme park, is also within miles of the park. Other local activities include miniature golfing and antique shopping along U.S. 12.


Canoe, row boat, paddle boats and tube rentals available. Call the concessions vendor at 517-467-4550 or the park at 517-467-7401 for hours and prices.

Metal Detecting Areas:

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statues. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 17
park review stars; one to five Very clean and nice campgroung. Not a whole lot for the kids to do at the campground. My only complaint is there is LOTS and LOTS of visable posion ivy on many of the campsites and edge of paved walkways.
July 21 Beautiful Park, our favorite. by looghe
park review stars; one to five The few days we were there, primarily at the beach, were great. Exceptionally clean, not just the water, the entire park !! Plan on going back real soon.
June 25
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Area Campgrounds
Indian Creek Camp & Conference Center
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Apple Creek Resort
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Sequoia Campground
2675 Gady Rd.
Adrian, MI
White's Canoe Livery
400 M-70
Sterling, MI
Greenbriar Golf Club & RV Park
14820 Wellwood Road
Brooklyn, MI
Area Cabins and Lodges
Clearwater Resort Devil's Lake
6150 Us Highway 223
Addison, MI
(517) 547-7472
Hideaway Cove
11560 Breyman Hwy
Tipton, MI
(517) 431-2594
Whispering Lakes
12900 Mull Hwy
Tipton, MI
(517) 431-2416
North Haven Resort
11400 Waterman Rd
Brooklyn, MI
(517) 592-6170
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Entrance on US-12 9 miles West of Clinton, 4 miles East of M-50, M124 cuts directly through the middle of the park.

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