Wetzel State Recreation Area - Michigan
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lenox
N 42° 44.682 W 082° 50.271
17T E 349579 N 4734102
Quick Description: Welcome to Wetzel State Recreation Area
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 8/27/2007 5:42:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM2364
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
Views: 75

Long Description:
Wetzel SRA is Macomb County's only State Park. It offers hiking, hunting, bird watching, snowmobiling (with 4" of snow minimum.No biking, horses or wheeled motorized vehicles are permitted in the park.

Within Wetzel's 900+ acres there are 2.8 miles of maintained trails and about 6.5 miles of primitive trails to explore and 120+ acres of wetlands holding an incredible amount of wildlife. Coon Creek bisects the park adding yet another ecosystem. Parking and toilets are available. A Michigan State Park sticker may soon be required for entry.

For more information contact the Park Superintendent at (810) 765-5605 or the Friends of Wetzel SRA at (586) 254-2493 or visit (visit link)
Park Type: Day Use

Trails, hiking, snowmobiling (4" minimum), hunting, picnicing

The park was named after PFC Walter Cline Wetzel who was awarded (post-partum) the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII. He saved his platoon by throwing himself on a live grenade. The land for the park was purchased in the late 60's. The state developed a master plan for Wetzel that included a state-of-the-art shooting range, nature center and campground but never got the funding needed. The land sat vacant for more than 35 years. Mitigation wetlands were contracted at Wetzel in 2005 which also paid for many other upgrades.

Date Established?: 1969

Link to Park: [Web Link]

Park Fees: Not listed

Additional Entrance Points: Not Listed

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