FORD HOUSE

1100 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores

Edsel and Eleanor Ford tasked renowned landscape architect Jen Jensen with having the 87-acre estate blend nature and spaces designed for sports and relaxation, family time and gatherings with friends. The result is one of the best birding spots in southeastern Michigan. The mixture of habitats attracts a wide variety of birds, particularly during migration. More than 200 species have been recorded here.

 
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From March through December, the Cove supports Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons. During migration, the shoreline is a regular stopover site for Spotted Sandpipers, migrating ducks and occasionally Least Bittern. During the winter, it's a great place to look for Bald Eagles and winter finches. In spring and fall, the trees are often filled with warblers and thrushes. Rare species include Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Glaucous Gulls, Connecticut Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and Pileated Woodpeckers.

 

AMENITIES

Below is a list of amenities available at this property.

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VIEWING SEASON

Year-round viewing is available

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PARKING

Paved parking is available

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RESTROOMS

Restrooms are available on this property

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TRAIL CONDITION

This trail is partially paved.

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PICNIC TABLES

Picnic tables are available, but no shelter.

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BOAT LAUNCH

There is a boat launch at this property

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FEE

Yes. Check website: FordHouse.org.