You want to go camping but the kids want to hit the water park? No problem, Michigan has 5 inflatable water parks on lakes inside state parks.

Remember when Water Wonderland was on the Michigan license plates? In addition to bordering 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, Michigan has more than 10,000 lakes to add to the pure Michigan fun. Five of these bodies of water inside Michigan State Parks have floating water parks- sometimes called aqua parks. These marine playgrounds feature a series of connected inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers that are suitable for both kids and adults.

We’re always looking for new ways to remain relevant to the public and provide even more reasons to visit state parks. In our quest to get more kids and young people outside, we think the water parks add a layer of adventure to the traditional beach experience and offer visitors some pretty exhilarating, exciting ways to challenge themselves outdoors.

-Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson

Remember, a recreation passport gets you into the state park for free but additional cost may be required for tickets to the attractions.Here's where to go:

 

  • Brighton State Recreation Area

    6140 Bishop Lake Road

    Brighton, MI

    Jump Island was the first outdoor inflatable water park in Michigan.

    Photo courtesy Michigan DNR
  • Van Riper State Park

    851 County Road

    Champion, MI

    Water Warrior Island on Lake Michigamme.

    Photo courtesy Michigan DNR
  • Holly Recreation Area

    5005 McGinnins Road
    Holly, MI

    The Whoa Zone at Heron Beach offers "an action-packed floating ninja course."

    Photo: Whoa Zone via Michigan DNR
  • Bald Mountain Recreation Area

    3361 S. Lapeer Road
    Orion Charter Township

    The second of the Water Warrior Island parks

    Photo courtesy Michigan DNR
  • Wilson State Park

    912 N. First Street

    Harrison, MI

    Another fun Jump Island location to enjoy.

    Photo courtesy Michigan DNR