Jackson County Convention & Visitors Bureau
134 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201
T: (517) 764-4440
Spend the weekend in Jackson, Michigan and you’ll feel like it was made just for you. We are buzzing with music, art, breweries, wineries, food, festivals, nature and history, combined with Midwest charm. The people here are friendly, the beer is cold, and the good times last all year.
Jackson’s great outdoors are the perfect prescription for the four-wall blues, with all sorts of sports and recreation to cure what ails you. Miles of trails and thousands of acres of protected forest surround Jackson’s city center, all with their own reasons to get you on your feet. Take a kayaking or fishing trip on some of the area’s bountiful lakes or grab your binoculars for birdwatching in the presence of hundreds of native bird species.
For fishing enthusiasts, there’s nothing like a Michigan summer. The warm sun reflects off area lakes, rivers and streams, and you can almost hear the fish calling your name below the surface. Lake frozen over? No problem. Just bundle up, grab an auger and pitch your shanty (just make sure it’s safe). In Jackson, you’ll get good use of that fishing gear all year long.
The lakes around here are swimming with activity, from the wide-open waters of Center Lake to the friendly partnership of Vandercook and Brown Lakes. Head up to Waterloo State Recreation Area and explore 11 lively lakes on over 20,000 acres of land. In 2012, the Sparks Park Urban Fishery within the Sparks Park also known as Cascades stocked its water with 500 bluegill and 100 largemouth bass. Now, it provides shore and pier fishing that offer a perfect outing for the casual fisherman. If you really want to put your ice fishing skills to the test, enter the Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament, where the winner takes home over $20,000.