Oakland Township Parks and Recreation
248.651.7810PRCA male Green Frog among the duckweed at Center Pond in Bear Creek Nature Park, Oakland Township, Michigan. Photo by Cam Mannino


Bear Creek Nature Park
740 West Snell Road
Rochester, MI  48306

BCNP Trail Map 

Skating Rink

Purchased in 1977, Bear Creek Nature Park was the very first acquisition of the Township's Parks and Recreation Commission. It consists of 107 scenic acres located between Snell and Gunn Roads.

ADA accessible limestone trails and boardwalks, as well as mowed rustic trails throughout the park, give easy access to its woodlands, open meadows, marshlands, and wetlands. These trails allow hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and observing of some of Michigan's varied wildlife in their natural habitats.
Residents can park at the Oakland Township Hall and at the main park entrance off Snell Road. When parking at the Township Hall, simply follow the trail behind the Township Hall into the park. A pedestrian entry is available on Gunn Road.

Facilities include:

- Gravel parking lot
- Picnic pavilion
- Grill
- Playground for 5-12 year olds
- ADA accessible limestone trails
- Boardwalks and observation decks
- Portable toilet

Pavilion Rental

The pavilion area at Bear Creek Nature Park is available to rent for exclusive use for a $25 resident or $50 non-resident fee and a $125 refundable deposit.

Park Use Application

Dogs In The Parks

Please remember that all dogs MUST be leashed and cleaned up after.

Many species of viewable wildlife decline along the trail edges when dogs explore the brush. Off-leash dogs prevent turkey and other birds from ground nesting, may discover and harm fawns, and push mammals further into the woodlands, thus decreasing the park experience for all viewers.Dog excrement is both unpleasant and a health issue. Clean-up bag dispensers are available at the Snell Road entry and the Township Hall parking lot.