Nothing is more tempting than a clear night and a dark sky preserve within an hour drive. Fifty miles southwest of Ann Arbor gets you to Southern Michigan's best park designated for night sky viewing, Lake Hudson Recreation Area and Dark Sky Preserve. With over 2,000 acres of land without a single exterior light fixture and a 600 acre lake in the center the park provided clear horizons for vast viewing.
The Lake Hudson Recreation Area and Dark Sky Preserve is the first park in the nation to officially prioritize darkness as a natural attribute to be preserved. In 1993 as part of the State of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 Lake Hudson Dark Sky Preserve led became an example of how dark sky preservation and lighting restriction implementations does not limit other recreation activities and programming within natural landscapes.
Some excerpts of part of the legislation describing dark sky preserves:
(1) The commission shall ensure that outdoor lighting within a dark sky preserve is not installed unless necessary for safety, security, or the reasonable use and enjoyment of property within the preserve.
(2) The commission shall ensure that outdoor lighting within a dark sky preserve does not unreasonably interfere with nighttime activities that require darkness, including, but not limited to, the enjoyment of the night sky, nighttime photography, and wildlife photography.
-MCL 322.821-826 (http://tinyurl.com/lvaj6fk)
While the park closes at 10pm, the park rangers are happy to welcome you after dark if you call and give them a heads up (517) 467-7401.
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