Kensington Metro Park, Milford, MI — April 11, 2020
Over the last several weeks, The Lasco Press took you on Michigan road trips to the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the Michigan Elk Herd outside of Gaylord, and hunting for Petoskey Stones at Little Traverse Bay. This week we will continue the series staying close to home with a visit to Kensington Metropark in Milford.
Again we want to emphasize the importance of following stay safe practices. Escaping the boredom of sheltering in place, even for a few hours, is a refreshing break when done within the guidelines of Michigan’s Governor’s updated Executive Order.
Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:
1. To engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.
Playing by the rules is important for all of us. Take this interruption in our regular routine to enjoy the sights Michigan has to offer in a virus-safe manner. Fill up the car, pack a lunch and see some of the amazing sights closeby in our state. “Social Distancing” is easy if you stay in your vehicle.
From Fenton, Kensington Metropark is just a short drive south down Hwy. 23 to Interstate 96 and then head east. Take the Kensington Road exit off I-96 and the park is located on the north side of the highway.
The park is the pride of Michigan’s Metropark system. During normal operation, activities include golf, boating, swimming, and fishing. During the coronavirus restrictions, the park is still open for walking, backwoods hiking, cycling, and drive-through sightseeing.
Miles of paved and unpaved pathways offer exercise opportunities in accordance with social distancing guidelines. The park is a popular destination and you will see numerous cars parked in designated areas. With a total of over 4,500 acres, the facility can accommodate large numbers of people with minimal personal interaction. The park is also pet friendly.
If you choose to just stay in your vehicle, the various roadways in the park offer beautiful vistas, lakeshore scenes, forested areas, and an abundance of wildlife. A large whitetail deer herd calls Kensington Metropark home. Sightings can occur at any time of the day but are more frequent in the early morning and late afternoon.
In addition, you can view cranes, ducks, swans, squirrels, and other animals that inhabit the park.
You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Kensington’s extraordinary resident, a rare albino deer. Pure white albino deer are thought to occur once in every 20-30,000 births. A trip through the park gives you an opportunity to see one nature’s extremely unique creatures.
Virus safe and amazing views, check out another of our State’s outdoor wonders.