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Clarkston (Michigan)

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Clarkston (Michigan)

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Clarkston is a small town in Oakland County in southeast Michigan.


Clarkston (officially known as The City of the Village of Clarkston) is located in Oakland County north of Pontiac. Clarkston has a temperate climate, with summer temperatures in the 80s, and winter temperatures in the 20s. It has medium precipitation, with usual heavy rain in August.

Clarkston was established in 1832, but organized and named ten years later in 1842. It was named after prominent settlers Jeremiah and Nelson Clark, who did much of the work to establish Clarkston and its government.

Henry Ford, a frequent Clarkston summer resorter himself, paid to have the underground pipe system in the town.

The 1990 Census showed that there were 962 residents.

Clarkston is surrounded by, but not governed by, Independence Township.

Get in[edit]

Clarkston is about an hour's drive or 44 miles from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). Residing directly off Interstate 75 it is easily accessed from anywhere. Clarkston is also about an hour from the Ann Arbor Amtrak station. A rental car is advised as there is little public transportation. Flint Bishop Airport is only 30 minutes away from Clarkston.

Get around[edit]

Clarkston features minimal public transportation, so a rental car or bike in the summer months is advised.

See[edit][add listing]

Historically, Clarkston was the summer home of Henry Ford. You can view his cottage on Main Street, as well as the mill he built on the Mill Pond, which exists near the heart of the town. Depot Park is a small park located off of Main Street. It has a creek running through it and a jungle gym. It's beautiful gazebo is often used for wedding and prom pictures.

One of the first schools built in Clarkston still stands and is now called Independence Township Hall. One of the first settlers houses still exists as well. It was built in 1839 by Nelson Clark, one of the important founders of Clarkston. You can view this building at 71 North Main Street.

Clarkston's first and only museum is located inside the Independence Township Library, and features a variety of historical artifacts, as well as photographs and information regarding the towns history.

Do[edit][add listing]

Clarkston is home to Deer Lake, a 137-acre lake which reaches a depth of 63 feet. It features a no-wake zone perfect for kayaking and a swimming beach with lifeguards. There are also multiple private beaches. It is a popular boating destination, where it is common to see tubing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. It is also a good place for anglers, with a rich variety of fish and many enclaves that provide the perfect setting. It also has many sandbars which are perfect for exploring.

Clarkston Sunset.

Other smaller lakes in Clarkston also offer kayaking, such as the Mill Pond.

DTE Energy Music theater is a concert venue that has featured hundreds of celebrities and is always one of the highest grossing outdoor amphitheaters in the country. It is located minutes away from downtown Clarkston and holds frequent concerts.

During the winter Clakston is a great skiing or snowboarding destination, as it is home to Pine Knob Ski Resort, which features 15 trails and 10 lifts. It is known for it's slope called "The Wall".

Antique car fanatics will enjoy Clarkston with it's rich history involving Ford, Pontiac, Buick, and General Motors. Southern Motor's Showroom in Clarkston has one of the best varieties of antique cars in the world. There are various car festivals throughout the year.

The Deer Lake Athletic Club offers day passes where you can swim, play raquet ball, or exercise. There are also miles of bike paths around the town.

During the summer, Depot Park offers free concerts in the park every friday. The park also contains walking paths and a play-ground.

Clarkston is home to many festivals, such as the Crafts & Cider festival, and the Taste of Clarkston festival, which offers food and music from local vendors. Both of these events occur in September. It is also minutes away from the Michigan Renaissance festival that lasts from August to September.

Clarkston is also only a half hour from downtown Detroit, which has an exciting 'motown' nightlife. The Detroit Museum of Art is home to many notable works.

Michigan has more golf courses per capita than any other state, many located near Clarkston. Fountain Golf and Pine Knob Golf Club are both located in Clarkston.

If you're coming to Michigan for professional sports, Clarkston is the perfect location. The Palace of Auburn Hills is only 15 minutes away and is the home stadium for the legendary Detroit Pistons. Clarkston is only a short trip from Detroit, where the newly built Comerica Park has the Detroit Tigers.

A trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes or one of the Great Lakes is a perfect day trip from Clarkston.

Indian Springs Metro Park and Independence Oaks offer cross-country skiing as well as golf, running and jogging paths.

The Deer Lake Raquet club offers tennis.

The Independence Township Library offers a large selection.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Clarkston is just minutes away from the largest mall in Michigan, the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, which features over 180 stores and restaurants, including: Banana Republic, Coach, Express, Bebe, and Bass Pro Shops. The mall also includes a food court and a 25 Screen AMC movie theater. Restaurants include Johnny Rockets, Rainforest Cafe, and Stir Crazy.

Clarkston's Main street also features a variety of independently owned specialty shops selling items such as jewelry, clothing, stationary, or chocolates.

The Village at Rochester Hills is only a short drive from Clarkston and is an outdoor high-end outlet mall. It contains stores such as Jack and Jill, Talbots, and Coldwater Creek.

Olde World Canterbury Village offers 18 shops and also has a year round Christmas store, perfect for a family day trip.

Battle Alley in Holly Michigan is a historic site with many small shops and a Museum.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Clarkston boasts a variety of restaurants;

The Union Bar and Kitchen -Known for its Mac and Cheese- (54 S Main St, Clarkston, MI, 48346),

Gregg's Gourmet Cafe (5914 Ortonville Rd, Clarkston, MI, 48346),

Mesquite Creek Steakhouse (7228 N. Main Street, Clarkston, MI, 48346),

Renderoni's Pizza and Deli (6215 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI, 48346),

Las Piramides Restaurant (5903 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI, 48346),

Big Boy (6440 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

East Ocean Restaurant (6405 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

Little Caesars Pizza (5922 South Main Street, Clarkston MI 48346)

Chicken Shack (6315 Sasabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

Old Village Cafe (2 South Main Street, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

Leo's Coney Island (6325 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

Brioni Cafe and Deli (7151 North Main Street, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

Guido's Premium Pizza (5960 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

Rudy's Quality Market (9 South Main Street, Clarkston, MI, 48346)

Trini and Carmens North (10063 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston MI, 48346)

East Ocean (6405 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston MI 48346)

Mel's Grill 2 (7080 Gateway Park Dr Clarkston, MI 48346)

Outback Steakhouse (6435 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston MI 48346)

Ram's Horn (6540 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston MI 48346)

Little Louis Carry-Out (7081 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston MI 48346)

Nina's Comfort Food Cafe (5910 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston MI 48346)

Hometown Pizza (7080 Gateway Park Drive, Clarkston MI 48346)

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant (5870 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston MI 48346)

Highland House Cafe and Carry Out (9717 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston MI 48346)

Pro Pizza (5500 Oak Hill Rd, Clarkston MI 48346)

Ruby Tuesday (6898 Sashabaw Rd Clarkston MI 48346)

Waterford Inc Club (6110 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI 48346)

Banjkok Thai Express (6678 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI 48346)

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Clarkston Tap, 5801 South Main Street.  edit
  • Deer Lake Inn, 7504 Dixie Hwy.  edit
  • Hamlin Pub, 6397 Sashabaw Rd.  edit
  • Mr. B's, 6761 Dixie Hwy.  edit
  • Pine Knob Tavern, 5736 Clarkston Rd.  edit
  • Red Knapp's American Grill, Address.  edit
  • Sportsmans Great Northern Grill, 5864 Dixie Hwy.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Clarkston Motel Motor Inn, 6853 Dixie Hwy.  edit
  • Deer Lake Inn, 7504 Dixie Hwy.  edit
  • Millpond Inn Bed and Breakfast, 155 North Main.  edit
  • Old Mill Inn, 5835 Dixie Hwy.  edit


Get out[edit]

Routes through Clarkston
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