Deer Lake Beach Clarkston

Deer Lake Beach Clarkston MI – review, pics, and 2023 admission info for Deer Lake Beach on White Lake Road in Clarkston MI – operated by Independence Twp Parks and Rec.

Deer Lake Beach offers two separate swimming areas that are both supervised by lifeguards during hours of operation. Deer Lake Beach Clarkston even offers swim lessons.


Deer Lake Beach opens for the 2023 season on May 27, 2023 for pre-season weekends until its official season opening with daily hours on June 12, 2023.

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Deer Lake Beach is open to both residents and non-residents of Clarkston School District homeowners and Independence Twp residents. Residents pay $5 for daily swim passes and non-residents pay $8. Daily swim passes are pay at the beach only (cash or check). Season passes and 10 visit punch cards are available for $35 (res) and $55 (non res). Season passes are $80 for residents & $150 for non-residents.

Purchase Discount Swim Passes starting Monday, April 25 at the Parks, Recreation & Seniors main office (cash, check, credit card) or at Deer Lake Beach during open hours of operation (Cash or check ONLY). Questions? call 248-625-8223.

Deer Lake Beach Clarkston may not be the biggest beach in Oakland County but it is still a great place to take the kids on warm summer days. Parking is directly off of White Lake Road and the entrance to the beach area is very close to the lot.

Admission to Deer Lake offers a discount off of daily admission for residents or students of Clarkston Schools. Once you park, you pay at the Beach House/Life Guard Office close to the parking lot. You can purchase discounted punch passes or a season swim pass at the Independence Township Parks and Recreation office (see below for ITPR website and contact info).

Deer Lake Beach features 2 separate swimming areas. The area nearest to the parking area has a large wading area with the deepest part of the wading area going to about 2-3 feet deep. The swimming area on the far end of the beach also has a large, shallow wading area. In addition to the shallow area, the far end part of the beach has a deeper water section where the depths go to 6-10 feet. Both areas are patrolled by certified lifeguards atop the lifeguard stands. Independence Township Parks and Recreation also offers swimming lessons at Deer Lake Beach.

Deer Lake Beach has a sand volleyball court toward the far end beach. Deer Lake Beach doesn’t have full restroom facilities or concession stands but there are port-o-potty units on-site and plenty of picnic tables so you can bring your own lunch.

I enjoyed talking to the staff at Deer Lake Beach Clarkston. They really seem to enjoy working on the beautiful lake. A lifeguard told me that families with younger kids enjoy the near-side beach wading areas while families with older kids love the far-end beach with the deeper water.

Deer Lake Beach Hours of Operation
Pre Season – Memorial Day Weekend and weekends before school lets out – 11a-7p
Full Season – Mid-June – Mid-August, 10a-8p
End Season – Mid-August – Early September, Noon-5p
End of Season Weekends – Mid August – Labor Day Weekend, 11a-7p
Closed – 8/28/23-9/1/23
Labor Day Weekend – 11a-7p

Deer Lake Beach
350 White Lake Road
Clarkston, MI
248-625-1444 (ITPR aquatics hotline)

Independence Township Parks and Rec

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