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William H. Haithco Recreation Area

William H. Haithco Recreation Area

2121 Schust Rd, Saginaw, MI 48603

Park Rules
Trail Guide (Printable)

William H. Haithco Recreation Area is a beautiful park with a 40 acre man-made lake. The park offers a lifeguard supervised beach (from 11:00 am-7:30 pm every day beginning the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day), sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, paddleboat rentals, rowboat rentals, canoe rentals, kayak rentals, playground, fishing access, grills, concession stand, a pump track and modern restrooms. Dogs are not permitted at Haithco.

There are five pavilions available for rent, two on the north end and three on the south end of the park. The park is conveniently located off I-675 at the Tittabawassee Road exit.

Admission Fees

We are no longer charging gate fees for Saginaw County residents!!!

Type Fee
Personal Vehicle $5.00
Bus Passenger $1.00
Walk-in or bicycle-in $0
Boat (Non-motorized under 17 feet) $1.00

Boating Opportunities

  • Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboat, Rowboat, and Stand Up Paddleboard rental.
  • Non-motorized boats under 17' are allowed on the lake (between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day).
  • All watercraft must be off the lake by 8:00 p.m.

Pavilion Rental

Pavilion Rental Fee Admission Fee Seats Tables Electricity Restroom Type
1 $60.00 Yes* 50 7 Yes Modern
2 $60.00 Yes* 50 7 Yes Modern
3 & 4 $100.00 Yes* 100 14 Yes Modern
5 $60.00 Yes* 50 7 Yes Modern


From I-75:
Exit I-75 at I-675 (downtown Saginaw). Continue on I-675 to the Tittabawassee Rd. exit. Turn west (left) onto Tittabawassee Rd. Turn south (left) at the first light which is Towne Centre. Travel on Towne Centre until it ends at Schust Rd. Turn east (left) on to Schust Rd. The park is immediately on the (south) right hand side of the road.

From M-84 (Bay Road):
Travel on M-84 (Bay Rd.) to Schust which is just south of Fashion Square Mall. Turn onto Schust. The Park is located approximately 3/4 of a mile from the intersection of M-84 (Bay Rd.) and Schust. The entrance into the park is located on the south side of Schust Road.


The Commission acquired S-H Lake, originally a borrow pit created during the construction of I-675, in 1987. The park was named the William H. Haithco Recreation Area in honor of his 30 year commitment with the Commission. It is located at 2121 Schust. In 1988, the Michigan Wildlife Habitat Foundation and Michigan Department of Natural Recourses established a quality fishery in Haithco Lake with species including northern pike, sunfish, large and small mouth bass, perch and bluegill. This 76 acre park opened in May, 1991. Currently the facility include a 40 acre man-made lake, life guarded swimming beach, splash pad, fishing piers, five pavilions, children's play areas, volleyball courts. Boat rental options include paddleboat, rowboat, canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard.