VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES IN MACOMB COUNTY

Within this map, you will have access to almost 40 different viewing sites set throughout St. Clair and Macomb counties. Each site description will include information about birds that can be seen at the location and what time of year you can expect to see them. It also includes a brief description about each property and its amenities, available boat launches, and whether fees are required to access the property.

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FORD HOUSE

1100 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores

The former home of Edsel and Eleanor Ford. Set on 87 acres on the shore of Lake St. Clair. It is now a museum.

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LAKE ST. CLAIR METROPARK

31300 Metro Parkway Harrison Township

Photo by Barb Baldinger
Park with mile-long shoreline along Lake St. Clair. Close to 500 acres of the 770-acre park is coastal marsh. Nature trails take you through Cottonwood trees, wetland meadows and marshland.

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HARLEY ENSIGN MEMORIAL BOAT ACCESS

32995 S River Road, Harrison Township

Photos by Barb Baldinger
This site includes a public boat launch and a DNR station. The tip is managed to create a quality coastal habitat, including a sedge meadow and limestone-cobble shoreline.

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TOMLINSON ARBORETUM

17798 18 Mile Road, Clinton Township

Photos by Barb Baldinger
Volunteers have planted hundreds of native trees, wild flowers and shrubs at this 24-acre park. Master gardeners maintain a wildflower prairie, pollinator garden and rain garden. Kukuk Creek attracts wildlife.

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DODGE PARK

40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights

Photos by Barb Baldinger
The wide, paved trail along the Clinton River runs through wooded and some open areas. Continuing north will take you to Farmstead Park, Donovan Park and Sterling Heights Nature Center.

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GERALD N. DONOVAN PARK

11550 Clinton River Road, Sterling Heights

Photo by Barb Baldinger
Formerly called Jaycee Park, located across Clinton River Rd. from Henry Ford II High School. Excellent location for Trillium and other spring wildflowers.

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FARMSTEAD PARK

12160 Clinton River Road, Sterling Heights

Farmstead Park has 55 acres. Birding is good around the parking lot and along the trail that provides access to the Clinton River Trail System.

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STERLING HEIGHTS NATURE CENTER

42700 Utica Road, Sterling Heights

Explore inside the Nature Center for still life exhibits and a host of living reptiles, fish and amphibians. Cross the bridge to the trails along the Clinton River.

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HOLLAND PONDS

50385 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights

The Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal runs within Holland Ponds. The area features several ponds, a large swamp and a Great Blue Heron rookery. Subsites: River Bends Park, Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center.

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BURGESS-SHADBUSH NATURE CENTER

4101 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township

Photos by Barb Baldinger
This Nature Center and tract is located in the northwest section of River Bends Park. It was named for volunteer Jo Burgess and the large Shadbush trees in the area.

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RIVER BENDS PARK

5700 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township

Photos by Barb Baldinger
River Bends Park is rich in plant and animal life with a long history. The park is divided into two sections by a six mile segment of the Clinton River.

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STONY CREEK METROPARK

4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township

Park with 4,461 acres of hilly woodlands, meadows and prairie and 500 acre lake. Nature Center has extensive trails with a river floodplain, rolling hills of prairie with shrub edges and woodlands.

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WOLCOTT MILL METROPARK

64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township

Park with historic grist mill, equestrian trails and working farm. Historic Center and Camp Rotary include several miles of rustic trails along the North Branch of the Clinton River through floodplains, wooded trails and open meadows.

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WETZEL STATE RECREATION AREA

27 Mile, West of Werderman Road

Photo by Barb Baldinger
W.C. Wetzel State Recreation Area is a place to enjoy birding, hiking, hunting and other outdoor recreation. It is particularly known as a location for radio controlled flying.

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WOLCOTT MILL METROPARK NORTH BRANCH TRAILS

Entrance on Ray Center Rd. south of 27 Mile Road

Wolcott Mill Metropark North Branch Trails was a former golf course. The paved paths lead along the edge of the woods and bridges cross the North Branch of the Clinton River.

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BRANDENBURG PARK

50050 Jefferson Avenue, Chesterfield Township

This 17-acre parcel is located on Anchor Bay. The park's 500 ft. pier is one of only a few in Metro Detroit from which individuals can fish and view wildlife.

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RUEDISALE PARK

50400 Ruedisale St, New Baltimore

Located on Anchor Bay, this park features swings, slides, picnic tables, a grill, trees and a gravel parking area with portable restrooms supplied during summer months.