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Port Huron Recreation Department

Parks and Beaches

The Parks of Port Huron have something for everyone... swimming, sunbathing, boating, beaches, pools, picnicking, fishing, walking, jogging, volleyball, scenic views, lots of water, softball, tennis, playgrounds, Lake Huron, St. Clair River and the Black River.

NO LIFE GUARDS ON DUTY:  Lakeside and Lighthouse Beach

Lakeside Beach will have a designated swim area, but will not have lifeguards this summer. Signage will indicate:
       “Swim At Own Risk No Lifeguard on Duty.  Swim in Designated Areas.”

A parking fee is in effect from Memorial Day – Labor Day at Lakeside Beach.  The parking fee is:

  • $5.00 per car without an annual permit
  • $2.00 with a City of Port Huron Resident permit

City of Port Huron Resident permits are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office of the Municipal Office Center.  There is no charge for a Resident permit.

Annual permits can also be purchased in the Treasurer’s Office.  The cost of an annual permit is:

  • $20.00 City resident 
  • $35.00 Non-resident

Annual permits allow unlimited entry without an entry fee.

Lighthouse Beach is not recommended for swimming, due to the deep water and strong current and it will also be a beach where swimmers will swim at Own Risk with No Lifeguards on Duty.
 


For a map of the parks & beaches click here 

Thomas Edison Parkway...is one of our newer and more popular areas. 4700 feet of waterfront where the St. Clair River and Lake Huron meet. A measured walkway makes it popular year round for walking, jogging and biking. A good spot for boat watching!


On June 14, 2002 (Flag Day), the International Flag Plaza was dedicated and will serve as a tribute honoring all those who respond to 911 calls in the United States and Canada.  This project will be financed by the sale of memorial bricks and public donations.  Memorial bricks are available for purchase.  Located at the State Street and Thomas Edison Parkway intersection immediately north of the Blue Water Bridge.

(4" x 8" Memorial Brick order form)        
(16" x 16" Memorial Brick order form)

Photo of the Blue Water Bridge / International Flag Plaza

Blue Water Bridge Park/International Flag Plaza


Heritage Park on the Quay
The Port Huron City Council designated the southwest corner of Quay Street and Huron Avenue to be a public park and officially named it “Heritage Park on the Quay” in January 2006. On August 14, 2006, City Council established a process to honor deceased citizens who have made a difference in our community with a plaque placed along the walkway in this park. Criteria and Process

Plaques dedicated:
Helen David - dedicated March 26, 2007
Rev. John Portis - dedicated August 2, 2009
John Wismer - dedicated September 30, 2009 
Helen R. Weichsler - dedicated November 8, 2009
Morris Snider – Approved and donations are currently being accepted at the Port Huron City Clerk’s office.


Waterfront Parks: The city of Port Huron owns and operates 17 waterfront areas containing 102 acres and 3 1/2 miles of water frontage. This includes two public beaches and six parks with picnic facilities. The city has nine scenic turnout sites containing over 250 parking spaces that are used throughout the year and filled to capacity most afternoons and evenings during the warmer months. Port Huron operates the largest municipal marina system in the state and has five separate locations for boat mooring.


Photo of the beach at Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park...one of the most historic parks in the area with 900 feet of waterfront and beach on Lake Huron. Close to the mouth of the St. Clair River you'll find the water clean for good swimming; however, the current is swift. You'll love the wonderful Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.  Picnic areas are available in this nice family park.  Located at 3002 Conger St.


Photo of the beach at Lakeside Park

Lakeside Beach

Photo of the playground area at Lakeside Park

Lakeside Park


Lakeside Park
...on the clear waters of Lake Huron, boasts 1050 feet of water frontage with clean, sandy beaches. No lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.  Lots of playground facilities, picnic areas and restrooms are available. Beach volleyball is a new sport of interest here and on the weekends you will find lots of boats anchoring off shore to enjoy the swimming and socializing. Located north of Holland Ave. and Gratiot intersection across from Lakeside Cemetery.


Photo of sailboats docked at River Street Marina

City Marina Facilities

City Marina Facilities...is the largest marina facility operated by a city in Michigan, one the Port Huron area is proud of. The slips at the Quay Street and River Street locations are used almost exclusively for transient boat traffic, while the remaining sites at the other locations offer seasonal service and are utilized on a "as available basis" for transient traffic when other locations are filled to capacity. Marine operations also include two boat launch facilities on the Black River. Further information is available by clicking here.


Pine Grove Park...the wonderful jewel of our area, is one of our older and most popular parks. You can almost see hoop skirts, picture hats, high hats and horse drawn carriages of years past. A gazebo adds to the flavor. The sweep of 1500 feet on the river gives a clear view of ships passing and the fishing off the boardwalk is a popular pastime throughout most of the year. Picnic areas, softball diamond, playground equipment and shuffleboard courts add to the fun. Portable restrooms are available and there is a concession stand on site during the summer. A favorite for community programs, family reunions or just a stroll on a summer evening.  Located north of the Water Filtration Plant at 1204 Pine Grove Ave.

Photo of Pine Grove Park

Lincoln Park...on Electric and Military between North and South Boulevard, is a lovely area. The rose and perennial gardens are a favorite to stroll through on a summer's day. Often the site of jazz/blues festival or barbecue. Outdoor tennis and basketball courts are a favorite along with the playground equipment and picnic tables. A natural bowl provides good winter sledding.

Photo of Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park


Lincoln Park Turnout...just south of downtown offers 260 feet on the water where boat watching and fishing are "king". An excellent place  for "watching" activities.  Located adjacent to Lincoln Park on the St. Clair River.


Kiefer Park...combines the riverfront walkway on the river by the Municipal Office Center and the Water Reclamation Facility. 1830 feet of walkway provides a breathtaking view and excellent fishing. Wonderful for walkers and joggers who love the view!  Located north of the Municipal Office Center (MOC) at 100 McMorran Blvd. Kiefer Park is the site of the Rockin' the Rivers Summer Concert Series.


Court Street Swimming Pool...offers a wonderful swimming pool and "toddler pool" with dressing room facilities. Tennis courts adjoin the area and the whole thing connects with Memorial Stadium and the Port Huron High School field and track facility. A great summer favorite.  Located at 2025 Court St.


Photo of Sanborn Park pool

Sanborn Pool

Photo of Sanborn Park tennis courts

Sanborn Tennis Courts

Sanborn Park...has great variety in it's 41.7 acres, with 12 outdoor lighted tennis courts, an outdoor pool facility that boasts a "toddler pool", dressing room facilities, diving area, swim classes, swim team, swim exercise, etc. This heavily wooded park also has playground equipment, a baseball diamond, outdoor basketball courts and picnic tables.  An indoor tennis facility is utilized for lessons by the city during summer months.  It also plays host to several of the City's summer tennis tournaments.  Located on the northeast corner of the Pine Grove Ave. and Sanborn St. intersection.


Sanborn Nature Area...is adjacent to Sanborn Park. Its natural setting has a diversity of plant and animal life and is frequently used by area teachers and organizations as a resource for nature instruction. The trails and bridge add to the unspoiled effect of the area for families and individuals.  Located 2 blocks east of the Pine Grove Ave. and Sanborn St. intersection on Sanborn St.


Palmer Park...hosts a Recreation Center building where the Recreation staff is housed. On a natural ravine, the park provides excellent sledding. The wooded park has playground equipment and picnic areas for families. Leisure activity events, community meetings, senior programs and a recreation room with youth events are all popular here. A packed 7.8 acres of FUN! (click here to go to Palmer Park web page) Located at 2829 Armour St.

Exterior photo of Palmer Park Recreation Center

Palmer Park Recreation Center


Mansfield Park...on Stone Street at Mansfield St. is truly a joy for children. A large play structure provides room for many to climb and slide and crawl. Picnic tables and benches make it easy for Mom or Dad to relax while the kids play.

Gratiot Park...is a neighborhood park of 1.8 acres of playground equipment, basketball courts and room to create your own fun.  Located at Gratiot Ave. and Hancock St. intersection.


Optimist Park...at 10th Avenue and Whipple Street is another neighborhood park of 3.2 acres. This park is also the site of the William "Bill" Robinson Skate Park that provides area skateboarders a place to get together and hone their skills. Optimist Park also offers a softball field, playground facilities, a shelter and picnic facilities.

Photo of Optimist Park

Optimist Park

Haynes Park...is close to the central business district and the downtown marinas. A children's playscape is a feature of this neighborhood park. Outdoor basketball courts attract play from all.  Located north of the 10th St. Bridge at Glenwood St.

K.I.N.D. Tot Park ...located at 12th St and Jenks.

Renaissance South Tot Park...is located on the north side of Ashland Court in the Renaissance South Subdivision located in the south end of the city off Electric Avenue and Moak St. 

Tot Lot, 11th and Division...offers an acre of fenced play for the younger children, a "little gem" in the middle of the city.

Tot Lot, 19th and Division...is a safe neighborhood park with play equipment for the children.

Knox Field...at 24th and Dove Street has a myriad of facilities with two softball fields.

16th and Dove Park...contains two softball fields, basketball and tennis courts and a walking wooded area. Softball teams spend many summer nights at this park and cheers ring throughout the evening.


For a schedule of Recreation Events of other questions contact:

Port Huron Recreation Department
2829 Armour Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
810-984-9760

 

Palmer Park
Recreation Center
2829 Armour Street
Port Huron, MI 48060

Office Hours: 
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 810.984.9760
Fax: 810.984.0192
 

Link to Current Brochure 
 

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