Island Lake Recreation Area is a 4,000-acre park in Livingston County that offers an "up north" experience without leaving southeast Michigan. The terrain is a mixture of open brush and mature hardwood forest with pockets of open meadows.
Island Lake is the only hot air balloon port in the state park system. Balloons usually take off in the early morning or late evening, depending on the wind and weather.
No alcoholic beverages allowed in the day-use area April 1 through Labor Day without the written permission of the park manager.