Horton Park (1405 Glenwood Ave)
Horton Park, is named for the Horton Family who were longtime residents of Laketon Township. The park is often refered to as Horton Beach by local residents. It is a cozy park nestled between the Fairview Park and Bear Lake Meadows neighborhoods and is located on the shores of Bear Lake at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lake Street. The park is 80 feet wide at the road (Glenwood) and is approximately 600 feet deep down to the Bear Lake Beach where the park has 120 feet of beach frontage.
The west side park boundary abuts residential properties and the east side park boundary is Lake St which terminates at Bear Lake and serves as an access point/boat launch for small watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, very small boats and jet skis. Other activities popular here are picnicking, shore fishing, swimming and beaching. The park has playground equipment, benches and restroom facilities &/or a port-a-jon. Please note, swimming is at your own risk as there is no lifeguard.
SPECIAL NOTES: In the warmer months, small watercraft (such as kayaks, canoes & small rowboats) can be launched. This is an access point to Michigan Water Trails. In winter, when conditions permit, the area allows access to Bear Lake for ice fishing.
PARDON OUR DUST - 2018 Construction Notice: In the spring/summer 2018, there will be significant updates/upgrades made to Horton Park - during the construction, the park may be unavailable for use at times. Funding for this project is due in large part to a DNR Trust Fund Grant. For more information please contact either Township Supervisor Kim Arter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Township Treasurer Lori Archer (email@example.com). Thank you for your patience as we improve Horton Park.
Click HERE for an aerial photo of Horton Park
Click HERE for a map showing the location of Horton Park.
Click HERE to go to the portion of the Michigan Water Trails website that has the specific Bear Lake Water Trail Loop map.
Click HERE to go to the home page of the Michigan Water Trails website, or stop in to the Laketon Township Hall for a Water Trail Guide.
Mullally Park/Lange Complex (1850 Horton Rd)
On Horton Road approximately 1/2 north of W Giles Road is where you'll find this 58 acre park. A childless couple, James and Mae Mullally, donated it to the Township. It offers picnic areas, baseball, football, volleyball, and soccer fields, tennis courts, walking/jogging path, and two main playground areas including the Margaret Campbell handicap accessible playground.
During the spring, summer and fall several youth organizations (Reeths Puffer Youth Soccer, Reeths Puffer Youth Football, Reeths Puffer Baseball and Reeths Puffer Youth Softball) have organized sports for boys and girls - soccer, baseball, softball, football and cheerleading.
In 2010, a 9 hole Disc Golf Course was constructed, which has been extremely popular. So popular in fact, a parking area was constructed to allow disc golfers to access the park until 11:00 pm for glow in the dark disc golf. Please be courteous of noise & respectful of neighboring homes should you choose to engage in glow in the dark disc golf. Thank you.
10/07/2016 - MULLALLY PARK PLAYGROUND - a NEW PLAYGROUND has been constructed in place of the old one that was originally built in 1986! Building of the NEW MULLALLY PARK PLAYGROUND was accomplished in 2 days with the labor of Township Officials, Staff and volunteers from the community, including the Muskegon Northside Lions Club and the Northside Lacrosse Club. It is open and ready for use. There will still be additional work continuing on the grounds and borders the equipment is ready for use. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO STAY OFF OF THE PILE OF MULCH/BARK CHIPS - IT IS NOT SAFE TO PLAY ON THIS PILE. Be sure to check out all the photos and videos of the construction project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Laketon-Township-Community-Info-825494087574038/ and like our page to keep up on local events and information!
Two picnic shelters are available for individuals and groups - there is a rental policy in place for use of these shelters that began in 2011. Please call the Township Hall (231-744-2454) or see the rental policy information below.
Click HERE for an aerial photo of the Mullally Park/Lange Complex
Click HERE for a map showing the location of Mullally Park/Lange Complex.
Green Creek Park (behind Twp Hall whose address is 2735 W. Giles Rd)
Located on N Green Creek Road approximately 1/4 mile south of W. Giles Rd (just south of the Township Hall) Green Creek Park has received some equipment updates in the last couple of seasons. There is a small piece of playground apparatus at the north end of the park and recently a large set of swings was added at the south end of the park along with new basketball nets hung on the posts near the new swings. There is a small field used most often for the youngest kids t-ball &/or baseball practice sessions. There is also an old, fenced in tennis court area that has become a popular place for pick up roller hockey games.
Click HERE for an aerial photo of Green Creek Park
Click HERE for a map showing the location of Green Creek Park.
Click HERE for the Parks and Public Property Ordinance for all park rules and regulations.
Picnic Pavilions - Rental Policy
Picnic Shelters - SINCE January 1, 2011 A RESERVATION POLICY & RENTAL COSTS FOR USE OF ALL LAKETON TOWNSHIP PICNIC SHELTERS WAS IMPLEMENTED.
The Laketon Township Board adopted the reservation policy at their regular Board meeting on 01/20/2011, (it was amended 04/10/2014 and again 01/19/2017) effective immediately. Please read the policy below.
The pavilion use is subject to the following Township Board adopted policy. The primary purpose of the pavilions is to provide a public recreation area for township residents. All pavilion picnic tables are to remain under the pavilion area at all times. Note: The parks close at dusk and shall be evacuated by this time.
1. There shall be no possession or consumption of alcohol in the pavilions or any township park.
2. Reservations shall be made for residents and non-residents. You must be at least 21 years of age to reserve a pavilion and responsible adult supervision must be provided at all times. Please have this completed/signed form with you to verify your reservation.
3. The pavilion may be reserved for two time slots per day 9:00am to 3:00pm and 3:30 pm to dusk. The cost per session is as follows: MULLALLY PAVILION: 75.00 LANGE PAVILION: $50.00. (If you would like a key for the restroom facilities, there will be a KEY DEPOSIT of $25.00 charged in addition to this rental fee. The key deposit will be returned to you when the key is returned. It is preferred that the key deposit be paid by check. Port-a-poties are always available in the park.) THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS.
4. There shall be no bikes, inline skates, skateboards etc. used in the pavilions.
5. There shall be no motorized vehicles in the park. They must be left in designated parking areas.
6. Noise shall be kept to a minimum and consistent with levels considered normal for small gatherings.
7. No grills allowed under the pavilion roof.
8. Failure to adhere to the rules as established by the Laketon Township Board for the use of these pavilions may result in the denial of future use for individuals and/or groups.
9. The applicant is responsible for the cost of repairing damage to the pavilion and surrounding area.
10. Groups using the pavilions agree to save and hold harmless the Township of Laketon and its agents from any and all liabilities or responsibilities arising from incidents related to the use of the pavilions or grounds. It is further understood and agreed by all users of the pavilions that the Township of Laketon assumes no obligation regarding the use of the premises by the users.
11. The Township of Laketon reserves the right to determine who shall and shall not use the pavilions. The Township can deny the use of the pavilions if in the Township Board's judgment the particular request for facility use is not in the best interest of the community.
12. Individuals and/or groups using the facility are responsible for cleaning and leaving the pavilion in ready to use condition, i.e., remove all decorations, pick up garbage and take garbage to dumpster provided, and generally clean the picnic area including removing any food crumbs or spills from the tables..
Rentals are granted on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone wishing to reserve/rent any township pavilion must complete the short rental application and pay the appropriate rental fee to Laketon Township. Click Here for the rental application form and policy.
Restrooms/Port-a-jons - There are bathroom buildings located at all but Green Creek Park, these bathroom buildings may or not be open - if they are not open there are always port-a-jons available at all parks during the operating season, which is typically April - October but may vary each year depending on the weather. During the season, all parks open at 9:00 am and close at dusk.