Three Michigan state parks to offer water parks this summer

A couple of kids have fun climbing at the WhoaZone. (Photo courtesy of the WhoaZone)

MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- Summer is almost here and that means state parks across Michigan will be full of visitors and three of them will have fun-filled aqua parks for people to enjoy.

The Department of Natural Resources said Van Riper State Park in the Upper Peninsula and the Brighton and Holly Recreation Areas in southeastern Michigan will soon have "floating playgrounds."

Many of the courses include a series of connected inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers that are suitable for both kids and adults.

There is an additional fee and reservations are recommended.

The DNR said all three water parks will open May 25 and include the following:

  • Water Warrior Island is located on Lake Michigamme in Van Riper State Park in Marquette County. This floating playground includes 20-foot water slides, rock climbing walls, trampolines, floating walkways and a ninja-warrior-like obstacle course.
  • Jump Island situated on Bishop Lake within the Brighton Recreation Area in Livingston County, offers the “ultimate inflatable water park experience.” The water course includes an inflatable iceberg, inflatable slides, runways and other obstacles that give visitors the ability to balance, walk, run or slide on water.
  • The WhoaZone on Heron Beach is located at the Holly Recreation Area in Oakland County. The course offers four different routes with four different challenge levels – from easy up to challenging. Visitors can climb, jump, crawl and slide on the gigantic springboard, semi-circle step, the wiggle bridge, half-pipe and more.

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into most state parks, state forest campgrounds, boating access sites and state trailheads.

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