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Welcome to the Waterloo Recreation Area!

Hiking trail leading to Southeast Michigan's outdoor visitor center

The Waterloo Recreation Area is a 21,000 acre oasis of forests, prairies and wetlands located in the heart of Michigan's most developed counties. It is the ultimate escape from the urban environment. The Waterloo Natural History Association (WNHA) is a non profit organization established to help visitors maximize their experiences in the Waterloo Recreation Area.

The area's rugged, glacial hills are covered with oak-hickory forests, while lowland areas are home to American beech and sugar maple. Its quaking bogs are habitat for rare orchids and carnivorous plants. Thousands of acres of marshland provide habitat for sandhill cranes, great blue heron, mink, and many species of waterfowl.

Whether you explore the dark, tangled recesses of the black spruce bog, or enjoy listening to the chorus of woodland frogs in the spring, the Waterloo Natural History Association will help you discover the natural environment of the Waterloo Recreation Area, the largest state park in Michigan's lower peninsula.

Discover Nature with WNHA
Live Animal Educational Program Educational Programs and Events
  • weekend nature programs for the whole family
  • Spring 2017 calendar and program descriptions
Mill Lake Scenic Observation Deck About Us
  • mission statement of the WNHA
  • WNHA Sponsored displays at the Discovery Center
Local Flora: Tamarack Trees News
  • Waterloo Area map of Sandhill Crane viewing hotspots updated October 21, 2013
  • New Boardwalks Under Construction
  • Credit Cards now accepted at the Eddy Center Gift Shop
  • WNHA newsletters
  • WNHA Celebrates 30th Anniversary!
  • Recreational Passport replaces
    Michigan State Park Motor Vehicle sticker
  • current news about the doings at the Waterloo Recreation Area
Local Flora: The Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Get Involved
  • membership benefits
  • membership form
  • volunteer info
Outdoor Activity: Naturalist Guided Trail Walk Young At Heart
  • games and activities
Outdoor Scenery Links and Information
  • map of the Waterloo Recreation Area
  • links to the MDNR's hiking trail maps
  • links to our program presenters and other sites of interest
  • current list of WNHA board members
  • 2015 WNHA Board Meeting Schedule
This page created by S. Phare
Last updated March 9, 2017
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