This area is contained within Livingston County with the exception of the far east portion of
Kent Lake. This park is a 4000-acre area that captures a large stretch of the Huron River
basin. The area just south of the entrance toll both has supported breeding PRAIRIE WARBLERS
in past years although not in the last three. ORCHARD ORIOLES and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have
been observed in the field areas south of the Kent Lake parking areas during migration.
PILEATED WOODPECKERS are present but tend to move around the park (last observation was
between the Riverbend picnic area and the trailhead parking area). Recent years have seen
probable nesting RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS just south of the farthest west Island Lake parking
area. BARRED OWLS are sometimes heard from the Trail Head parking area. Nesting EASTERN
PHOEBES are present at the trail bridge over the Huron River. This trail takes off to the
north of the Riverbend picnic area parking lot. After dusk in early May, WHIP-POOR-WILLS can
be heard from the area between the Pathway Picnic area and the organization campground and
AMERICAN WOODCOCK can be heard in many areas along the park road from the organization
campground to the Riverbend Picnic area. AMERICAN KESTREL, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and VESPER
SPARROW can be found in the fields southeast of the Spring Mill Pond parking area. Winter
birding in the park can be good as well. Winter species include RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BELTED
KINGFISHER, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.
DIRECTIONS TO ISLAND LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
To get to the park, exit I-96 at Kensington Road (exit 151). Head south on Kensington Road. The park entrance will be on the east (left) side of the road about ¾ miles south of I-96.