Parks & Recreation

Park Trustees were first appointed in the early 1960’s by a group then called the County Supervisors. The Park System began with one Park called Memorial Park located on Behnke Road, in 1964. The System has grown to five parks to date, with over 120 acres.

Branch County Parks open for camping – June 5, 2020
NOTE: Please contact each park directly to make camping and pavilion reservations.

About the Randall-Morrison Chain of Lakes

Branch County boasts more than 100 lakes. The city of Coldwater and Memorial Park are located on the Randall Morisson (sometimes called the North Chain) of Lakes is one of two chains of lakes in the area. Formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Stage 10,000-75,000 years ago, the Randall-Morrison Chain of Lakes was increased in size and depth by historical mining operations and the construction of a 9-ft high dam on the Coldwater river near the town of Hodunk in 1847. Collectively, the Randall-Morrison Chain of Lakes and connecting channels cover approximately 1,074 acres.

Fishing opportunities in this chain are abundant, and fish tend to be larger than state average. Common species include Small Mouth and Large Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Black Crappie. This could be just one of the few locations across the country that could provide you with access to these species of fish. To make sure that you are able to make the most of your time on these lakes, having a look for the best deep cycle battery for trolling boats could enhance and improve your fishing trip by allowing you to cover all areas of the lake. Having unprecedented access to every part of the water can increase your chances of being able to catch different types of fish, like the Small Mouth and Northern Pike. Those looking to learn more about fishing and get all the latest tips, advice, and guidance for this extremely popular pastime may want to head over to a site like this to get started – https://catchandfillet.com. This should set them up well to bag themselves their first catch!

In 1887, ten members of the Jacob Commandery of Free Masons began building waterfront summer homes on Templar Beach in Morrison lake. The cottage at the lake idea became extremely popular, and today, most of the shores of the 100 lakes in branch county are filled with summer and year-round homes.

Contact

Parks & Recreation

Hours
Monday – Friday
7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Phone
517.279.9850
Please contact each park directly to make camping and pavilion reservations.

Address
23 E. Garfield Avenue
Coldwater, MI 49036

Staff
Julie Pierson
Secretary

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