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Did you know Genesee County is home to 55 named lakes out of 79 lakes in total? That made our job of narrowing it down to five difficult but not impossible. We tried to make sure to include lakes from all over the county that have longstanding reputations for being great recreation areas and are safe and easy to access. We also wanted to provide you multiple activity options at each site. Enjoy your summer, on the town and on the lake!
Genesee Recreation Area: Mott Lake, Bluebell Beach and More
Mott Lake is a 684-acre reservoir created by man-made Stepping Stone Falls, a structure that acts as a dam on the Flint River. You can swim and sunbathe, take out a boat or follow the picturesque Flint River Trail on foot or by bike. Genesee County’s first splash pad playground (spray ground) was built at Mott Lake’s Bluebell Beach. Pavilions and shade kites provide refuge from the sun. If you enjoy boating and fishing, Bluegill Boat Launch is open 24/7. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish – crappie, catfish, bass, northern pike, tiger muskellunge, walleye and true to its name, bluegill. 5500 Bray Road, Flint (in Genesee Township), 810-736-7100.
Linden County Park/Byram Lake/Clover Beach
Cobblestone lanterns and picnic tables adorn the well-manicured landscape of Linden County Park. Its 130-acre Byram Lake, 50–60 feet deep at its deepest point, contains a variety of fish, including black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, sunfish and yellow perch. Landlubbers will enjoy the beautiful Clover Beach with its tennis courts, ball diamonds, pavilions, picnic area, playground and modern restrooms. Parking is available at Clover Beach and across the street at the Linden Park. An accessible, barrier-free walking path winds from the parking lot to the beach. 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden, 810-736-7100.
Holloway Reservoir Regional Park/Buttercup Beach/Wolverine Campground
This beautiful, versatile recreation area, with Holloway Reservoir itself being 1,975 acres, is home to a number of parks and other amenities. On Buttercup Beach you can sunbathe and swim. There is a volleyball net and a picnic area with plenty of shade and a fishing area. Zemmer Park is one of the best-kept secrets in the county and a great place to take out a small boat or just enjoy the views of Holloway Reservoir while picnicking. The Elba Equestrian Complex is part of the park, and there are canoe and boat launches. Of course, there are many opportunities for hiking. Wolverine Campground offers a place to pitch a tent for a getaway. Walleye Pike Boat Launch is a great way to get your boat out onto the Holloway Reservoir. After catching dinner, head over to a picnic area to enjoy it. 7240 N. Henderson Road, Davison, 810-736-7100.
Buell Lake County Park
Buell County Lake Park is 10 miles northeast of Flint. Active folks will love the 213-acre park for its baseball, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and biking opportunities. You can also fly model planes at its dedicated radio-controlled model airplane field. Pavilions are available for rental if youʼre having a wedding or other special event. You can enjoy a picnic at designated areas, and kids can have fun on the playground. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. 14098 N. Genesee Road, Clio, 810-736-7100.
This 845-acre lake in the charming community of Fenton is one of the prime settings for summer fun in the county. If you enjoy boating, make a leisurely trip around the lake and wave to the folks whose backyards edge the water. Make sure to look at Case’s Island, with its cute cottages, and watch for the beautiful swans, loons, ducks and other waterfowl gliding across the gleaming surface. The beach on Lake Fenton behind the community center offers swimming, picnic tables, benches, a playground and an accessible boardwalk with a barrier-free ramp. 2301 Sonora Dr., Fenton, 810-629-9117.
Lake Callis Recreation Complex
The 35-acre Lake Callis Recreation Complex has a beach with changing rooms, a splash pad, pavilions, grills, a concession stand and an observation deck. You can rent a kayak or a water board or do some catch-and-release fishing. On Friday nights in the summer, movies are shown on the beach. Rent the Randall V. Stewart Grand Pavilion for an event, or show off your spikes on one of six NCAA-rated volleyball courts with raised lawn seating. Visit Davison Township Parks & Recreations Department on Facebook for the latest events the park may be holding. 1152 N. Gale Rd, Davison, 810-214-1810.
Flint Park Lake
Once the site of a locally famous amusement park, Flint Park Lake is an urban oasis on the north side of the city of Flint open 8 a.m. to sunset each day. For several years, the site of the old park has been undergoing landscaping to make it more inviting once again. Check it out for a moment of serenity in the city. 1100 Block of Stewart off Dupont in Flint.