Introduction to Walled Lake, Michigan
Walled Lake, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 6 miles NW of Farmington Hills, Michigan (center to center) and 26 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.
Walled Lake History
Native Americans of the Potawatomi and Algonguian tribes originally settled this region. Walter Hewitt, the first white settler, arrived in 1825, and built a log cabin. He was followed by several other families. Bela Armstrong, and Cornelius Austin, veterans of the War of 1812, came in 1826. Pentice and King established a trading post in 1830, and named it "white rock." Eliphat Hungerford planted the community's first apple orchard in 1831. During the mid-1830s, a highway that was built caused the community to expand and in 1836, the village of Walled Lake was platted by Jesse Tuttle. According to tradition, the name "Walled Lake" was given by Walter Hewitt, probably due to the presence of a stone wall along the western bank of the area's lake.
Walled Lake and Nearby Attractions
- Dearborn Historical Museum
- Historic Fort Wayne
- Bald Mountain Recreation Area
- Detroit Zoo
- Cranbrook Art Museum
Things To Do In Walled Lake
Numerous museums and historic sites are near Walled Lake including the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, Motorsports Hall of Fame, Ferndale Historical Museum, Cranbrook, Historic Fort Wayne, and Fair Lane. Troy Museum & Historic Village, another place of historic importance, includes a log cabin, a schoolhouse, a general store, and a print shop. Various recreational activities like fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and camping, can be enjoyed at the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, Proud Lake State Recreation Area, Kensington Metropark, and Highland State Recreation Area. Another popular place to visit is the Detroit Zoo.
Walled Lake Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Oakland County International Airport.
Walled Lake Higher Education
Madonna University, Oakland Community College, Lawrence Technological University, and University of Michigan are some of the nearby colleges.