From the August 2018 issue

Camp Dearborn Zip Line Offers Family Fun in Milford

Soar six stories above beautiful metro Detroit beaches and lakes with the Camp Dearborn Zip Line, a fun outdoor activity for kids and parents alike.

If you and your kids have your sights set on soaring to new heights, the Camp Dearborn Zip Line is sure to deliver plenty of excitement – not to mention scenic views of this natural gem of metro Detroit.

As of 2018, this destination joins the list of fantastic places to go zip lining in Michigan, alongside favorites like the TreeRunner Adventure Park West Bloomfield zip line. Not only that, but it also boasts being the longest zip line in the state.

Thrills and views

Head to Camp Dearborn, which is owned by the city of Dearborn but located about 35 miles northwest in Milford in Oakland County, to experience gliding 1,400 feet over a lake at speeds of up to 35 miles an hour.

“This new adventure will offer great thrills and breathtaking panoramic views of the camp,” says camp manager Jason Spiller.

With this zip line, visitors start out on a six-story tower situated on Elm Circle. You’ll then set sail over Lake #1 and down to the Camp Dearborn’s Main Beach.

All along, kids, teens and parents are safely and securely harnessed and fitted with helmets. A guide is onsite to introduce techniques and ensure attendees have an exciting and safe time.

Zip line details

To ride the zip line at Camp Dearborn, participants must be age 8 or older, at least 75 pounds and no more than 285 pounds. Closed-toed shoes are required, and all riders will need a signed waiver.

As of 2018, overnight visitors – i.e., those who are camping at Camp Dearborn – pay $13 per ride or can take three rides for $30. Day guests pay $15 per ride or can enjoy three rides for $40. There’s an $8/vehicle general park admission fee.

The hours are noon-6:30 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Expect this family attraction to kick off the local Memorial Day events in late May and stay open till Labor Day in early September or so. Check ahead for specific dates and possible closures.

Camp Dearborn is located at 1700 General Motors Road. While you’re here, be sure to check out this spot’s other attractions, which include paddle boats, putt-putt golf, a swimming beach and a nightly dance.

For more information, visit the Camp Dearborn Zip Line website or call 248-684-6000.

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