Four Bears Water Park - Shelby Township MI

Address: 3000 Auburn Rd
City: Shelby Township
State: MI
Zip: 48317
County: Macomb
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General Information:

If you read the newspaper archives, there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding this old water park. I have all of the clips but decided to stick with my usual practice of "keeping it light" on this website. I did post 1 article on the somewhat risque haunted house attraction in 1997 but there is much more intrigue going back into the 1980's

Source: Karen P Hunt

The splash, splash, splash of a water slide will be heard no more in Shelby Township. Yet another amusement park is closing for good this year in Macomb County. Four Bears Water Park, in Shelby Township, will soon be dismantled, according to the Detroit News. Businesses will line Auburn Road and possibly condominiums will take up the rest of the space.

This is the second amusement park which has closed this year. Riverland Amusement Park, located in Sterling Heights, also won’t be opening again. The water park, which opened in 1983, featured a huge water slide that was a landmark on Auburn Road, between Ryan and Dequindre. It also offered Go-Karts, swimming, paddle boats, a wave ride, and miniature golf, among other attractions.

There was also a large picnic area and big arcade that drew people to the popular park. Many businesses also threw company events there. The remaining park in the area is Red Oaks, which is a park run by Oakland County. Both Riverland and Four Bears were privately owned.

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Info Updates:
2/11/2013 - Linda
I remember seeing Frankie Valli perform there in the summer of '87. That was a time when his popularity had waned. There was just a small group of people there to see him. Now he's 'back' and his shows are sold out.
8/8/2007 - Matt Henderson
I grew up across the street from 4 Bears Water Park, Which replaced the Great Lakes Gravel Co on the site. I watched as The Timeraks old House was Demolished to Make a Parking lot. My Uncle owned Hendersons Family Hobbies for 23 Years on the Other Side of Auburn from 4 Bears. (He Closed in 1992) My Cousin Julia Henderson worked there at 4 Bears the 1st year they were open.
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Four Bears Water Park - MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - WATER SLIDE FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
WATER SLIDE FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - SIGN FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
SIGN FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
MAIN BUILDING FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - SIGN FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
SIGN FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - PINK ELEPHANT FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
PINK ELEPHANT FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - FENCE FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
FENCE FROM KAREN PIER HUNT
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
MAY 14 2022 (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - 1989 OPENING
1989 OPENING
Four Bears Water Park - 1988 ARTICLE PT 1
1988 ARTICLE PT 1
Four Bears Water Park - 1988 ARTICLE PT 2
1988 ARTICLE PT 2
Four Bears Water Park - 1990 ARTICLE FROM LIVINGTSON COUNTY PRESS (newer photo)
1990 ARTICLE FROM LIVINGTSON COUNTY PRESS (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - 1990 ARTICLE FROM LIVINGTSON COUNTY PRESS (newer photo)
1990 ARTICLE FROM LIVINGTSON COUNTY PRESS (newer photo)
Four Bears Water Park - OLD AD FOR THE PARK
OLD AD FOR THE PARK
Four Bears Water Park - OLD AD FOR THE PARK
OLD AD FOR THE PARK
Four Bears Water Park - 2002 ARTICLE
2002 ARTICLE
Four Bears Water Park - AUCTION 2006
AUCTION 2006
Four Bears Water Park - 1996 DRIVE-IN NIGHT FOR CARTOON NETWORK
1996 DRIVE-IN NIGHT FOR CARTOON NETWORK
Four Bears Water Park - 1996 HAUNTED HOUSE EVENT
1996 HAUNTED HOUSE EVENT
Four Bears Water Park - COUNTY SUPERVISOR IS NOT AMUSED 1997
COUNTY SUPERVISOR IS NOT AMUSED 1997
Four Bears Water Park - 1986 ARTICLE PT 1
1986 ARTICLE PT 1
Four Bears Water Park - 1986 ARTICLE PT 2
1986 ARTICLE PT 2
Four Bears Water Park - 2002 AERIAL PHOTO
2002 AERIAL PHOTO
Four Bears Water Park - 2019 STREET VIEW
2019 STREET VIEW
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