Spencer Park Rochester Hills Review, Pics and 2020 Info – Spencer Park (Thelma G. Spencer Park) on Carter Lake in Rochester Hills MI features a public beach, pavilion rental, swimming, fishing, tennis courts, ice-skating, boat rentals, nature trails, sports fields and more.
Spencer Park in Rochester Hills, MI opens its beach for the 2020 season on May 23.
UPDATE 5/20/20 – Due to Covid – PER THE CITY OF ROCHESTER HILLS –
“Swimming is closed. The park is open, however swimming, concessions & watercraft rental will NOT open Memorial Weekend and will remain closed through Friday, June 12th. This date may change. Restrooms, playgrounds, sports fields, basketball courts and roller hockey rinks are also closed but may open earlier if restrictions allow.
The permit booth is open. Discounted rates will apply during this time of limited services. Vehicle entry is $5 per car. Rochester Hills Residents receive a $2 discount.
Capacity may be limited. In order to safely provide recreation opportunities, we may need to limit access to the park and services as they become available.
We are closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from the State and County. We will update our plans as necessary to remain in compliance and keep people safe.”
We encourage folks to come out and spread out for walking, hiking, biking or any allowed activity where social distance can be maintained. Please remain at least 6 feet away from anyone not from your household.”
Spencer Park (or Thelma G. Spencer Park) is situated on 113 acres of land off of John R. Road between Auburn and South Blvd in Rochester Hills. My family has quite a personal history with Spencer Park. I even worked there for 2 summers as a college student YEARS ago.
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Spencer Park Winter Offerings
- Ice skating (separate areas for hockey and open skating) (skate rental / limited supply avail)
- Ice fishing (DNR regulations apply)
- Cross-country skiing (3 miles, non-groomed trails / no equipment rentals)
- Heated shelter with fireplace
- Heated restrooms
- Table games
- Concession area
- Vending machines
Spencer Park itself reminds me of an HCMA park like Stony Creek or Metro Beach. Spencer Park has nearly all the amenities of Stony Creek only on a smaller, more intimate scale. It boasts a 38-acre spring-fed lake and beach area which is used for swimming, fishing, boat rentals (paddle and row), ice skating and ice fishing. The lake water at Spencer Park is impeccably clean and well-attended by lifeguards from Memorial Day-Labor Day weekend. Spencer Park suffered their first casualty from drowning in the summer of 2018, but it is still regarded as a safe place to swim.
The main beach house or office houses a concession stand. The Spencer Park concession stand items are priced very reasonably. A separate boathouse doubles as a rentable shelter for large gatherings and also has an attached pier for fishing. If the shelter or pavilions are booked, they offer canopy shelters (also for rent). There is a modern playscape near the beach and pavilion shelter that is well-maintained.
Spencer has sports fields (soccer), cross-country ski paths, sand volleyball and tennis courts well within walking distance of the parking lot. There is an unpaved, 1-mile trail that goes the distance around the oval-shaped lake. It’s a great way to measure your miles if you want to stay off of hard asphalt. There are a bountiful number of picnic tables at Spencer Park and there are no problems in getting one even on the busiest of days.
Spencer Park Rochester Hills hours are from 10a-dusk. Daily Spencer Park rates are – $5 per resident and $10 for non (proof of residency is based on vehicle registration). Summer holidays and weekend rates are $8 for residents and $15 for non residents. Yearly passes are $35 for residents and $70 for non-residents. I’ve found they only charge at the booth from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend and occasionally the rest of the year on busy Saturdays or when the weather is ideal for ice-skating and cross-country skiing. Spencer Park Rochester Hills is often is locked Mondays through Fridays in winter months when ice conditions are unsafe. It’s always best to call ahead.
Spencer Park Rochester Hills is maintained by the City of Rochester Hills Michigan Parks Department.
Thelma G Spencer Park on Carter Lake)
3701 John R Rd
Rochester Hills, MI
Phone – 248-656-4657
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