LAKE ST. CLAIR METROPARK

31300 Metro Parkway Harrison Township

Features nearly 500 acres of coastal marshlands and one mile of shoreline along Lake St. Clair. The nature trails in the park take visitors through Cottonwood trees, wetland meadows and a boardwalk through the marshland. The park is a good place for all types of migrant species, including waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, terns, rails, bitterns and herons, Tundra Swans and Snowy Owls. It is also home to many nesting wetland species such as Marsh Wren, Least Bittern, Common Gallinule, Sora and Virginia Rail.

 
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Lake St. Clair is considered by the National Audubon Society as one of the Important Bird Areas for waterfowl migration. Late fall and into early spring, thousands of diving ducks can be seen, such as Canvasbacks and Redheads. Both the Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup, and Common and Red-breasted Mergansers can be seen on Lake St. Clair. During the spring and fall in the marshes, dabbler ducks such as the American Widgeon, Northern Pintails and Northern Shovelers can be seen. Green Herons, Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Egret and Great Blue Heron frequent the marshes all summer. In the spring, the forest edges are full of warblers, vireos, thrushes, orioles and flycatchers. Nesting Yellow Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers can be seen along the nature trails. Nesting marshland birds include Forster's terns and other less common species. In late summer and fall, migrant shorebirds stop off on the beach such as Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstones, Caspian and Common terns. The shoreline can also provide views of Greater Black-backed gulls, Bonaparte's gull, and in the winter, the Snowy Owl. Tundra swans and the Snowy Owl are rare treats, as are nesting wetland species such as the Marsh Wren, Least Bittern, Common Gallinule, Sora and Virginia Rail.

 

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

Nature trails are gravel.  Paved sidewalks and walkways available.

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UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBILITY

This property is universally accessible

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PICNIC TABLES

Picnic tables and shelters are available.

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CANOE/KAYAK ACCESS

There is canoe and kayak access

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BOAT LAUNCH

There is a boat launch at this property

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FEE

Yes.