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* Parks and Recreation Commission Welcome

* County Parks Map PDF (PDF - 332 KB)


* County Parks - Locations and Descriptions:

* Cade Lake County Park and Campground
* Meyer Broadway Park
* Rawson's King Mill Park

* Wahbememe Historical Monument

* County Parks - Locations and Descriptions (Cont.):

* Hoshel Canoe Park

* Timm Preserve

* Nottawa County Park

* Plumb Lake County Park

* Covered Bridge Farm



Parks and Recreation Commission Welcome

The St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Commission strives to offer beautiful, natural parks for the residents, visitors, and wildlife of St. Joseph County. Our goal is to provide visitors with the best recreation experience possible, in parks that capitalize on and protect our County’s unique natural resources.

We hope you will visit and enjoy your county parks! We are always interested in your thoughts and suggestions, so please share them with an e-mail, phone call, or letter.


* County Parks Map
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County Parks Map

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* County Parks Ordinance PDF (PDF - 75 KB)
* Public Input Survey PDF (PDF - 23 KB)


County Parks - Locations and Descriptions

Whether your interested in outdoor activities such as camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking or looking for a location for your next group outing, your County Parks are a great place to enjoy the beautiful natural resources of St. Joseph County.


Cade Lake County Park and Campground

Cade Lake County Park and Campground

* More Information: Cade Lake Park and Campground page

* Location: Take US-12 two miles east from the City of Sturgis. Look for Signs and turn south onto Plumb School Rd.

* Description: Cade Lake County Park is St. Joseph County's newest Park. The park offers 98 acres on the shores of the 32 acre Cade Lake. Both modern and primitive camping are available with 62 campsites. The park also features a swimming beach, fishing, boat rentals, picnic shelter, playground, hiking trails, and other family activities. For camping information, call (269) 651-3330.

* Shelter Rental Information



Meyer Broadway Park

* Location: West of US 131 on Broadway near Three Rivers.

* Description: This park offers 149 acres of wonderful natural areas featuring hiking and walking trails, rolling hills, woodlands, exceptional bird watching and much more wildlife and scenic views. Enjoy the peaceful serenity of nature with all that this park has to offer. The park features a large playground, 1/2 mile paved trail, picnic pavilion, modern restrooms, sand volleyball, 5-acre dog park and a 36 hole disc golf course. The park also features snow tubing hills, cross country ski trails, picnic areas. A 10-mile bike trail is coming soon.

* Dog Park Now Open!


* Shelter Rental Information


* Disc Golf North Map PDF (PDF - 855 KB)


* Disc Golf South (Original) Map PDF (PDF - 1.7 MB)

Meyer Broadway Park


Rawson's King Mill Park

Rawson's King Mill Park

* Location: One mile west of Leonidas on King Rd.

* Description: Rawson’s King Mill Park was donated as a park by the Rawson’s who restored the mill and created this favorite park on Nottawa Creek. Enjoy a peaceful adventure with wonderful views of the mill, dam, or creek on one of the two islands. This is the perfect park for a picnic, relaxation, a peaceful walk, or even a wedding. The park offers a picnic pavilion, fishing access, restrooms, walking trails, and two scenic islands.

* Shelter Rental Information

* Wedding Reservation Information



Wahbememe Historical Monument

* Location: US 131 and US 12 in White Pigeon.

* Description: This historical site has a marker and stone recognizing Patawatomi Chief Wahbememe known as a friend to the settlers of Michigan.


* Marker Information: According to Legend, while attending a gathering of chiefs in Detroit, Chief Wahbememe learned of plot to attack the settlement later known as White Pigeon. According to the story, he ran 150 miles, without stopping for food or rest to alert the village. After delivering the warning, he collapsed from exhaustion and soon died. His remains are buried on this site and the settlement was later named in his honor.


Wahbememe Historical Monument


Hoshel Canoe Park

Hoshel Canoe Park

* Location: 3 miles SW of Centreville on Hoshel Rd.

* Description: Hoshel Canoe Park offers a scenic island on the Prairie River. A great park to enjoy a picnic, start a canoe trip, or try your luck fishing.



Timm Preserve

* Location: 65750 Engle Rd., Florence Township (North of Mintdale Rd.)

* Description: Timm Preserve is a 95-acre natural area donated to the county in 2002 on the condition that it is used for conservation and park purposes. Half woodland and half wetland, the park is bisected by the Hallwood/Hepner Drainage Ditch. A small parking lot and 1/2 –mile hiking trail are located in the southeast corner of the property. Future development would include a boardwalk and trails in the northwest portion of the property.


Jim Timm County Park


Nottawa County Park

* More Information: Nottawa Park

* Location: 60778 Railroad St. Nottawa, MI 49075

* Description: Nottawa Park is a 9-acre park located on 102-acre Sand Lake. The park consists a boat launch, swimming beach, picnic shelter, playground.


* Shelter Rental Information



Plumb Lake County Park

* Location: East of Big Hill Rd on Lafayette, East of Sturgis

* Description:126-acre park on private Plumb Lake. 2.5 –mile trail encircling recently restored shortgrass prairie. Great location for nature enthusiasts. Development plan includes beach area, miles of hiking trails/boardwalks, modern restrooms, pavilions and play areas. Development to begin in 2017.



Covered Bridge Farm

* Location: North of Langley Covered Bridge

* Description:6-acre property with over 1,000 feet of river frontage. Development plan includes restoration of historic barn, construction of modern restrooms, pavilion, boardwalk and non-motorized boat launch. Development to begin in 2016.




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Parks and Recreation Director

Jaymes MacDonald

Office Mailing Address

PO Box 427
Centreville MI, 49032

Office Information

Parks and Recreation Building
602 E. Main St.
Centreville MI, 49032

(Behind the SJC Annex II Building - MSU Extension/SJC EDC)
*Driving Directions

Hours: M-Th, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
*Closed on County Holidays

Phone Number: (269) 467-5519
Fax Number: (269) 467-5628
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