When you think about spending time outdoors, what do you think of? If hiking through dense trees, paddling down serene rivers and biking along dirt paths comes to mind, chances are you’re thinking about places up north. But there are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities to explore right here in Southeast Michigan – and the Six Rivers Land Conservancy Adventure League wants to help you discover them!
From May through October, the Adventure League offers hikes, bike rides and kayak paddles throughout Genesee, Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties. While challenging, these tours are noncompetitive and often family friendly. They aim to be accessible to as many people as possible and can be enjoyed at your own pace.
The schedule varies from year to year so participants can discover new places. Within an hour of Detroit, there are amazingly serene natural areas you may have never known existed. Adventure League guides will help you discover these pockets of untouched areas and incredible trail systems. And while participants have fun getting active, they can’t help but gain an appreciation for the beautiful natural areas that surround them.
Betsy Zobl Jagosz, Six Rivers Land Conservancy operations manager, says the Adventure League is an introduction to land conservation. Natural areas face development pressure, and her organization works to shine a spotlight on these resources and protect them – keeping them green, clean and available for everyone to use.
Check out these fun Adventure League events taking place in Macomb County this summer:
Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. – Kayak the lower portion of the Clinton River.
Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. – Cap off the summer season with a family friendly cookout and paddle at Stony Creek Metropark.
Caitlin Gerds-Habermas works for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development, often providing content for the Make Macomb Your Home website.