Monday, April 23, 2018
Isabella County Parks & Recreation

Isabella County Parks and Recreation

2018 County Parks Camping & Pavilion Information

  • November 1, 2017: for returning 30 consecutive days or returning seasonal campers from 2017 - reservations being taken.
  • December 1, 2017: first day for 2018 Campground Reservations for 30 days or more and New Pavilion Reservations
  • January 5, 2018: "Opening Day" for any camper wanting to make reservations (2 days or more) for the 2018 season. 8:00am walk-ins at the Parks Office; Noon-4:30pm phones and mail open.
  • May 1, 2018-October 15, 2018: Camping season at Coldwater & Herrick Parks
  • All Year Round: Deerfield Park (rustic tent camping)

Opening Day Letter 2018

 Please see the Pavillion Rental & Special Use page for more information on pavillion rentals.

2019 Parks Master Plan Update

Based on the 2014 Isabella County Parks Master Plan, the Parks Commission had contracted with a local architectural firm to create park development site plans for each county park. The County Parks & Recreation Commission is currently updating the Isabella County Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan for 2019. We would, again, like your input to help establish priorities for these proposed improvements. Please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts on the following proposed park improvement projects for those parks that you are most familiar with.

You can view the site plans for the parks here.

Surveys received by July 15, 2018 will be eligible to win an annual Isabella County Parks vehicle permit.

County Park User Questionnaire can be submitted online here or a hard copy can be printed and filled out here.

Playscape Development Project

JUNE 22 2009 052The old playground at Coldwater Lake Family Park was removed last fall by a group of gentleman from the Weidman Lions Club. A grant for $100,000 was received from the Land Water Conservation Fund for the construction of a new playground at Coldwater Park. The LWCF grant is for $50,000 with a $50,000 match. A $10,375 grant was received from the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Access to Recreation Fund for the playground surfacing which will be universally accessible. The remaining $39,625 will come from the Isabella County Parks Capital Funds. We are excited for the installation of a new playground which is scheduled for this fall.

Ash Tree Removal

HRA TREE CUTTING, 5, 9 15 2016Parks Staff have been working to remove dying ash trees throughout Coldwater Lake Family Park and Herrick Recreation Area. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has partnered with Isabella County Parks and the City of Mt. Pleasant to apply (and receive) a grant for $126,000 from the EPA Shoreline Restoration/Protection grant. Isabella County will receive $25,000 of the $126,000 for tree removal/replacement due to invasive species and river bank restoration and erosion prevention. Funds are from the Forestry Division and have been awarded based on the need to remove dead and dying trees within public and Tribal areas within stream corridors.

Concept Plans Completed for County Parks

Concept Plans have been completed for the County Parks. These plans provide possible improvements and costs over the next 20 years. Park Consultants MC Smith & Associates were hired to create the plans.

Isabella County Parks Concept Plans

Chippewa River Water Trail map


  • ChipRiverWaterTrailLogosm75A local ad-hoc group interested in promoting the Chippewa River has announced today that the web-based version of the Chippewa River Water Trail map is now available on-line. Read more...
  • Click the icon to visit the interactive map.


Isabella County Building
Parks & Recreation - Rm. 110
200 N. Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Ph: (989) 317-4083
Fx: (989) 779-9916
e-mail

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Except holidays


Seasonal Park Phone Numbers:
Coldwater Lake Family Park
1703 N. Littlefield Rd.
Wiedman, MI 48893
(989) 644-2388

Deerfield Nature Park
2425 W. Remus Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
(989) 772-2879

Herrick Recreation Area
6320 E. Herrick Rd.
Clare, MI 48617
(989) 386-2010

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