Hamburg has a "northern Michigan" vacationland feel while being located in Southeast Michigan within commuting distance of Lansing, Metro Detroit, and Ann Arbor. There are 32 named lakes, with numerous smaller ponds, marshes, creeks and streams. Hamburg Township is traversed east to west by approximately 10 miles of the Huron River. Five miles of the Lakelands Trail have been developed through Hamburg Township. The trail is asphalted and parallels the major state highway M-36. It is a favorite place of Township residents for walking and bicycling. The Brighton State Recreation Area has rustic and modern campsites with a swimming beach and boat launch for Bishop Lake,together with numerous picnic areas, barbecue facilities and hiking trails.