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Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford – Free Admission with Recreation Passport

Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford Sign/Entrance

Visit Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford

Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford is one of many parklands across metro Detroit that were donated to Michigan by Dodge Brothers Co. in memory of John F and Horace E. Dodge. This location hosts an amazing one-mile long sandy coastline on Cass Lake making a perfect place to enjoy lake life.

The 139-acre park hosts a beautiful beach, fishing pier, boat launch, sand volleyball, picnic areas, and a swing set. Several parking areas are available throughout the park in addition to restroom facilities.

Sand Volleyball at Dodge #4 State Park

Dodge Park in Waterford Hours

Dodge Park is open from  8 am to 10 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are from 8 am until dusk for the rest of the year.

Sandy Beach and Swimming area at Dodge Park in Waterford

Dodge Park #4 Pricing

  • Free with the purchase of the Recreation Passport ($11 via the Secretary of State or $16 at a State Park)
  • Non-Resident Annual Pass $33
  • Non-Resident Daily Pass $9
Recreational Boardwalk on Cass Lake at Dodge State Park

Tips for Visiting

The first thing to remember is that no alcohol or glass containers are allowed at the park. There are several grills and picnic areas throughout the park and shelters can be reserved.

Restroom building and picnic tables

During our visit, we noticed that the swimming area was very shallow. Surprisingly, my girls swam all the way out to the buoys and it was about three feet at the deepest part. Of course, this may change.

Surprisingly, there are little to no rocks in the beach area, which is nice for swimming. The lake bottom was a mixture of fine sand, silt, and clay which felt sticky in some places. We didn’t see any fish in the swimming area, and the few plants.

Dodge Park in Waterford

The beach is not too far from the parking area. Additionally, a grassy picnic area with several shady trees are within close proximity of the beach. Overall, we had an amazing time and would recommend a visit to this park.

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