Recreation & Outdoors


If you are the outdoorsy type, Ypsilanti was made for you. Even if you’re not convinced recreation or the outdoors are for you, we bet you can still find something to love in the outdoors of Ypsi. Ypsilanti expands beyond the downtown districts to include 23,000+ acres of public park and recreation areas that help make up Washtenaw County, offering an abundance of outdoor opportunities.  Just minutes from town you can find your favorite activity – golfing, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking or simply walking around or setting up a hammock while you relax and take in the beautiful outdoors and natural scenery.

Ypsilanti is the perfect spot for canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the Huron. The scenery of the area lakes and wilderness throughout Ypsi is stunning. With plenty of parks and trails to explore, Ypsilanti is a four-season destination for nature-lovers. Take a stroll through Riverside Park and enjoy well-loved views of the Huron River. Take a kayak out on Ford Lake at sunset for views you won’t forget. Or, book a trip with a local fly-fishing guide for some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the Midwest.

The Ypsilanti area provides diverse environments and recreational opportunities to take advantage of – open spaces, amenities, and lakes and rivers. Whether you want to try something new or enjoy your favorite kind of recreation, you can count on having nonstop, year-round options in the Ypsi area.  

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