Land Preservation Staff Lead a Guided Tour of Draper Twin Lake Park

The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation (OTPR) host a guided tour of Draper Twin Lake Park on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet in the parking lot at 1015 Inwood Road at 10:00 a.m. The tour will visit Twin Lake, then head to the east side of the park.

A few park visitors walk a grassy trail and view wildlife and wild flowers

Check out the butterflies, birds, and blossoms in the prairie planting in the northeast corner of Draper Twin Lake Park

This park was purchased in 2005 with a combination of Land Preservation millage funds and a sizable donation from the Draper family. The name of this 90-acre park honors both this family’s generosity as well as the park’s frontage on the easterly Twin Lake. Draper Twin Lake Park protects wet meadows, a large marsh, shrub wetlands, a kettle wetland, forests and access to Twin Lake. Soon after purchasing this park, OTPR improved its access by constructing a limestone trail, boardwalk, and floating dock. These facilities allow our residents to enjoy nature viewing, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing programs on Twin Lake. A trail system on the east side of the park also provides a popular pedestrian connection between Inwood Road and Parks Road. This trail passes by this park’s 20-acre field which is being restored to prairie by our Land Stewardship staff with the help of a US Fish and Wildlife Service grant.

Since 2001, Oakland Township Parks and Recreation has used the Township’s Land Preservation millage to acquire and permanently protect 444 acres of high-quality Township green spaces and to manage natural areas across our Township’s 1100-acre park system and the Paint Creek Trail. The parks, which are purchased and managed with Land Preservation funding, contain important natural areas and unique natural features, part of our natural heritage that is now preserved for future generations to enjoy.

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