Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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County Parks along the Chippewa River eliminate watercraft fees

Isabella County Parks recently eliminated the watercraft fees at Deerfield Nature Park and Meridian County; this includes fees on canoes, kayaks, and fishing boats. In 2005 watercraft fees were instituted at all Isabella County Parks that charge an entry fee. The County Parks budget had been reduced over the past few years, so the fee was added to help offset the revenue shortfall.

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Invasive Species Threats

ALBAsian Longhorned Beetle
The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is an invasive species that is a large threat to the hardwood trees in the United States, devastating hardwoods in parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois and now it looks as though Michigan is a possible target.

Emerald Ash BorerEmerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is an established invasive species that has devastated the ash tree population throughout Michigan, the Midwest, parts of the northeast, and up into Canada.

Autumn OliveAutumn Olive
Autumn Olive is an invasive, rapid-growing shrub that establishes itself in disturbed areas, along roadsides, in pastures, fields, and sparse woodland areas.

Purple LoosestrifePurple Loosestrife
Purple Loosestrife is a beautiful, exotic plant that has spread over the entire United States, except for Alaska and Florida, and into all Canadian provinces.


Isabella County Parks Projects

  • Invasive Species Removal
  • Deerfield and Wildwood Disc Golf Course Improvements
  • Coldwater Lake Family Park Improvements
  • Pere Marquette Rail Trail Surface Improvements
  • Chippewa River Shoreline Restoration

Isabella County Parks and Recreation Commission has received Federal funds from the National Park Service (for park grant project). Regulations of the U.S. Department of Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental federally-assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age and handicap.

Parks Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are always needed for trail building, park projects, Chippewa River clean up and other special community events. If you or your organization would like to be part of a park project or clean up event, contact the Parks Main Office at (989) 317-4083, or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Isabella County Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to the enhancement of its 1004.5 acres in parks and properties.

It is the desire of the Commission to provide quality recreational facilities while incorporating the wise use of its lands. Some of the most natural areas found in Isabella County.