Please Remember to Vote August 6th!

The St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission is funded by a special 0.49 mill property tax for the purpose of improving parks and recreation services in St. Clair County.

This year marks the 30th year that the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) will distribute 25% of the County Parks and Recreation millage funds collected back to the local units of government. The 25% of the property tax it collects, is distributed back to local units of government based on their populations, for the development of local parks and recreation facilities and programs.

In August 2024, an additional 0.4944 maintenance millage is being proposed for three years, expiring in 2027, the same year as the existing millage. If voters approve the additional millage, the owner of a house worth $100,000 will pay approximately $50 per year total for both millages until they expire in 2027. This would provide an additional $3,692,722.12 for needed maintenance of existing park infrastructure. It would also increase the local millage distribution program by $923,180.53.

The St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission currently operates 8 county parks and 2 trails;  the 366-acre Goodells County Park,  411-acre Columbus County Park,  30-acre Fort Gratiot County Park,  44.5-acre Woodsong County Park,  5-acre Fort Gratiot Light Station,  6.5-acre Blue Water River Walk County Park,  .34-acre Marine City Dredge Cut,  the 12.5-mile long Wadhams to Avoca Trail,  and the new 12-acre North Channel County Park currently being developed in the southern most part of St. Clair County. The Commission also assists local units of government with the development and promotion of the Bridge to Bay Trail.

The Parks and Recreation Commission also provides specialized mobile recreation units for use at community events including two portable stages, two portable bleacher units, and crowd control barriers.

St. Clair County Parks offers a wide range of recreational opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • biking
  • rollerblading/inline skating
  • horseback riding (marked trails only)
  • sledding
  • swimming
  • bird watching
  • geocaching
  • Disc golf
  • historic tours/ interpretation
  • special events
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • sightseeing
  • playground activities
  • picnics
  • facility rentals

St. Clair County Parks works in partnership with several local groups that provide programming within the St. Clair County Parks system. Those partners include the Port Huron Museum, St. Clair County Farm Museum, Wales Historical Society, Can-Am BMX, Prop Busters RC planes, Redline Racing RC cars and the Friends of the St. Clair River.

A full list with details for each park and trail can be found in the tabs to the left.

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