Winter Activities

​​​​​Winter's snow reason to stay inside – discover a favorite activity to keep your heart and emotions healthy at 11 parks.

NEW! Winter Fat Tire Biking

Addison Oaks County Park offers groomed trails for winter fat tire biking. Similar to mountain biking, fat tire bikes are built on a frame specifically designed to support wide, knobby tires. These over-sized tires provide a smooth ride, so they fare very well on groomed, snow-covered trail surfaces all season long.

Addison Oaks County Park features 5.5 miles of groomed, multi-use trails available for cyclists, cross-country skiers and hikers as weather conditions permit. The 6-foot wide trail includes many hills and scenic views. It winds through the park and loops cyclists back to their original starting point.

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Waterford Oaks is your go-to place for the perfect sledding hill for the whole family. It was named the 2017 MetroParent Best Sledding Hill for southeast Michigan. Bring your favorite sled and check it out! 


Scott Lake Road south of Dixie Highway, between Winton Road and McCormick Drive, in Waterford will be closed beginning Feb. 9 for railroad crossing work. The detour for traffic is Watkins Lake Road to Dixie Highway and vice versa.

Ski, Snowshoe or Hike
All Oakland County Parks and Recreation areas (except Groveland Oaks,and Lyon Oaks and Springfield Oaks golf courses) are open for cross-county skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

Winter hiking is available on most trails in the winter; some paved trails are cleared for easier accessibility.

Glen Oaks, Red Oaks and White Lake Oaks golf courses are available to those with their own equipment when the gates are open.

ndependence Oaks provides groomed ski trails, rental equipment and restroom facilities. Snowshoe and cross-country ski equipment is available for rent Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m​​​.​ 

Cross-Country Ski Rental Fees

Complete Set: $12/hour

Snowshoes: $12/hour

Skis Only: $5/hour

Poles Only: $5/hour

Boots Only: $5/hour

Ungroomed trails are available at Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Rose Oaks county parks. 

Ice Fishing - Ice conditions are not monitored by staff for ice fishing. 

Platform Tennis​​​​

​Platform Tennis​ is the only racquet sport played outdoors in cold weather. After snow is removed, the courts’ special floor heating units provide a dry playing surface. Individual or family membership in the Waterford Oaks Platform Tennis group is required to play.