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Distinct seasons. All terrains. Everything you could want to film in the Genesee County Parks.

Someone once said life is about making tradeoffs. That someone obviously never had a production at Genesee County Parks. Want stunning natural scenery? An authentic historic village complete with working train? Quick access to urban grit (and charm)? Got it, got it, got it (and got it). Not to mention a can-do spirit that makes taking full advantage of these unique amenities feel like a walk in the park (which, come to think of it, it is). Your next location is easy to find. It’s just up Interstate 75 and around the corner. At your Genesee County Parks.

“This is way better than a studio backlot. Crossroads Village is actual historic buildings, not replicas or sets. And the best part is having a real steam engine railroad. I think when the film industry finds out about this place, it will be booked all the time.”
—Kevin Reidy, line producer, Alleged

“It was the perfect place for such a venture and met—exceeded—our every expectation. Garry Pringle in particular, and the entire staff in general, went out of their way to accommodate our needs—which sometimes, given the nature of the production, must have seemed a bit esoteric.”
—John Allen, Signature Communications, producers of “Crossroads” 1862 Battle of Corinth

Welcome to the largest county park system in the state of Michigan—11,000 acres of diverse topography, with four distinct seasons and settings that put you in mind of everything from the green hills of Ireland to dark Bavarian forests and the snowy reaches of Siberia. Here you can feel the lure of the Great Up North amid pristine lakes, meandering equestrian trails, rolling meadows, and the rugged terrain of a remote toboggan run. Or go for the dust and grit of a rutty two-track, and the steep inclines of an ORV park.

11,000 acres of woodlands, rivers, lakes and meadows. An historic village with an authentic narrow-gauge railroad. Small-town parks and sandy swimming beaches… could be just about anywhere.

If your actors are walking through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, place them in Crossroads Village—one of the finest historic communities in the country. Its 34 restored homes and trades buildings include a working gristmill and cider press, a one-room school house and chapel, carriage barns, a barber shop, and even an opera house with full stage capacity. The Village also is the only place in the world where two C. W. Parker amusement rides are still in operation.

We Want Your Business

Whether you are making a documentary or nature film, a travelogue or training film, a period piece, commercial, or full-length feature, the Michigan Film Incentive can have a significant impact on your bottom line. It’s a serious tax incentive available in Michigan that outpaces similar incentives in any other state. For more information, contact the Michigan Film Office.

Production in the Parks

“The Genesee County Parks System offers varied lush scenic vistas and four distinct seasons, all ideal for filming!”
—George Zimmerman, vice president, Travel Michigan

“Genesee County Parks offers incredible diversity and natural beauty for shoot locations. Crossroads Village shows historical aspects one might expect to find on Hollywood’s backlots.”
—Matt Martyn, executive producer, Ahptic Productions

“The Genesee County Parks team is great to work with—affordable, accommodating and completely professional. And the historic backdrop is perfect..., we’re so glad we chose Crossroads Village as the site to make a film for the National Park Service.”
—John Allen, Signature Communications, producers of “Crossroads” 1862 Battle of Corinth

Your Personal Production Planner

To assist with production, the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission provides filmmakers with on-site planning and production assistance; coordination for accommodations, catering, and transportation; power and utility needs; craft services, and extras. We’ll chase down the details so you don’t have to.

Priced Right. Flexible and Friendly

This is Mid-Michigan, away from chaos yet close to all the services you need—whether you’re a crew of one or one thousand. Permits to film in the parks start at just $150. Also available for your use are: the Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat, the restored narrow-gauge Huckleberry Railroad and its several miles of track, barns, bridges, boat docks, pavilions, tennis courts, ball diamonds, and playgrounds.

Mid-Michigan is Ready for Your Close-up

While you’re setting the stage in Genesee County, you’re within an hour of an international airport and several pre- and post-production shops. Both union and non-union workers are in ample supply, and the nearby talent ranges from unskilled extras to professional members of SAG (Screen Actors Guild).


When you are ready to discuss your filming options, or just need some questions answered, please contact Garry Pringle, Park's Operations Manager at or 810.249.3859.