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Kid’s Fishing Pond in Petoskey

It’s just for kids–a fishing pond in Petoskey where only kids can throw a line in the newly stocked trout pond located on the waterfront. The one acre pond is 65 feet deep, filled with trout, and includes a wheelchair ramp and fishing platform.  A project of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the City of Petoskey and the Miller Van-Winkle Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the lime kiln, spring fed pond is stocked with retired broodstock trout from the Oden State Fish Hatchery.  The waterfront park is a popular Northern Michigan spot with a waterfall, marina, Little Traverse Wheelway, picnic area, benches, pedestrian tunnel to the Gaslight District, and more. The pond has been a fixture of Petoskey’s Bayfront park for decades but now it has a different angle for young anglers: fishing!

Hiking Trails

Top of Michigan Trails Council

North Country Trails – Harbor Springs & Jordan Valley 45 Chapters

North Central Michigan College, Petoskey Campus

Bay View Woods

Pioneer Park in Pellston (nature trails and access to Maple River)

Spring Lake Park (between Petoskey and Harbor on M119)

Wycamp Lake – north of Cross Village (hiking trails, lake access, fishing)

O’Neal Lake – south of Wilderness State Park (hiking and fishing)

Nature Preserves

Little Traverse Conservancy
See for a listing of 15 nature preserves in Emmet County to hike and explore! (Most visited include The Headlands, Goodhart Farms, Thorne Swift, Raunecker, Round Lake, Spring Lake and McCune)

Biking Trails

Little Traverse Wheelway – Charlevoix to Harbor Springs 
Petoskey-Mackinaw City Trail

Bear River Valley Recreation Area – 1.5 mile paved bike path along the Bear River.  This section of the river also boasts the Lower peninsula’s only whitewater park.  Look for lots of acrobatic kayakers in spring and summer!  Pavilion and bathrooms make this a great place to picnic as well.

Public Beaches

Petoskey State Park

Wilderness State Park

Sturgeon Bay Dunes

Cross Village beach and boat launch

Friendship/Readmond beach in Good Hart (playground, picnic tables and beach)

Zorn Park Harbor Springs (playground, picnic tables and beach)

Zoll Street Beach (Harbor “dog beach”)

Camp Petosega County Park

Walloon Lake Township Park and Beach

Young State Park (Charlevoix Co.)

Fun Places for Hands-On Learning

Oden Fish Hatchery Visitor Center –

Pond Hill Farm –

Raven Hill Discovery Center –

Thorne Swifte Nature Preserve and Visitor Center

Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center  –


Petoskey State Park

Wilderness State Park

Young State Park (Charlevoix Co.)

Magnus Park Campground (camping, playground and beach access) – Petoskey, MI

Burt Lake State Park (Cheboygan Co.)

Young State Park (Charlevoix Co.)


Downtown Alanson neighborhood park – across from Marathon gas station

Harbor Springs
Kiwanis Park

Shay & Blackbird Elementary (Shay Ground)

Zorn Park (beach)

Skate Park

Hoyte & Lake Baseball Field

Harbor Beach & Playground

Jean Jardine Park

Zoll Street Beach

Deer Park

Mackinaw City
Arnold Transit Co. Park

Wawatam Park

Old School Park

Shopping Area Playground – Mackinaw Crossings

Elementary School Playground

Pioneer Park in Pellston

Larks Lake
Larks Lake Township Park (north side of lake)

Spring Lake Park (across from Indian Hills Art Gallery)

Jones Landing, in 2010 (end of Gruler Road, currently vacant land)

Central, Lincoln, Ottawa, and Sheridan Elementary Schools,

Petoskey Waterfront Park

Disc Golf Courses

Crowle Hole Disc Golf Course at Kiwanis Park in Harbor Springs is a new 18-hole disc course, located on Arbor Street off of Lake Street.

River Road Sports Complex, Petoskey, 24-hole course.

Avalanche Park, Boyne City, 18-hole course.

Mt. McSauba Recreation Area, Charlevoix, 18-hole course.

Boyne Mtn, Boyne Falls, 18-hole course.

Sledding & Ice Skating

Winter Sports Park in Petoskey –

Harbor Springs Kiwanis Park & SK8 Park

Pioneer Park in Pellston

Ski Areas

Winter Sports Park in Petoskey (Free skiing/snowboarding hill with rope town –

Nubs Nob

Boyne Highlands

Boyne Mountain (Charlevoix Co.)

Mt. McSauba (Charlevoix Co.)

Do you know of other area places to go? If so, we’d love to hear about them. Send them to