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Brighton Recreation Area

Brighton Recreation Area
6360 Chilson Road

Brighton Recreation Area provides a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills, interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. The area has several miles of trails available for equestrian riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Also the home of the Brighton Rec Area Riding Stable.


Boat Rental: Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats are available for rent. Rentals are available from May through September by calling the park at 810-229-6566.

Cross Country Ski: All trails are open to cross country skiing, however they are not groomed.

Disc Golf


Brighton Recreation Area offers 19 miles of equestrian trails, a riding stable, rustic camping and a staging area. The riding stable is operated by Brighton Recreation Area Riding Stables and offers rentals, ADA-accessible amenities, riding lessons and guided trail rides.

Shore fishing is available at all lakes where launches are located. An ADA fishing pier is accessible from the boat launch at Bishop Lake.

Hiking: Two trails are designed to make the remote areas of the park more accessible for visitors.

Hunting: Wildlife is abundant in the park and hunting is allowed during legal seasons.

Mountain Biking: Two mountain biking trails accommodate beginning and advanced riders.


Pet-Friendly Area: There is a pet-friendly section of shoreline available on Chilson Pond. For more information, please contact the park. Pets must be on a six foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles.

Swimming: Bishop Lake beach has been totally remodeled and is now universally accessible. Features include a beach house, beach area, picnic shelters and a sand volleyball court. Vending machines are available at the beach house.

Watchable Wildlife: Bird watching is a popular recreation activity at the park.

Winter Camping


Brighton Appleton Lake-Rustic
Brighton Bishop Lake-Modern
Brighton Murray Lake-Rustic
Brighton-Group Use Area
Brighton-Rustic Cabins


Brighton-Bishop Lake Hiking Trail
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)

Brighton-Equestrian Trail
Trail Length: 18.00 (Miles)

Brighton-Kahchin Trail
Trail Length: 2.00 (Miles)

Brighton-Murray Lake Trail
Trail Length: 3.40 (Miles)

Brighton-Penosha Trail
Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles)

Brighton-Torn Shirt Mountain Bike Trail
Trail Length: 6.00 (Miles)



Equestrian Camping: Experienced riders can bring their own horse and ride 19 miles of beautiful trails that traverse hills, meadows, hardwoods, evergreens wetlands, lake and streams. The park also boasts other equestrian-friendly amenities, including a large equestrian staging area, a picnic shelter, an electric well and a 17-site rustic equestrian campground. The campground allows visitors to spend extra time exploring the park on horseback and experiencing a night outdoors.

Picnic Area: Two picnic areas, one at Bishop Lake which is ADA accessible and one at Chilson Pond. Vending machines are located near the restroom facilities. Picnic tables and fire pits/grills.

Playground: There are swing sets at both of the picnic areas.

Brighton Recreation Area is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media


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