The vast majority of Great Lakes marshes exist in Michigan. Considered one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, coastal marshes support thousands of native plant species, providing nesting, feeding, and spawning ground for a diverse community of birds, mammals, frogs, reptiles, and fish.

Typically explored by boat via water trails, Galien River County Park’s 86-acre preserve offers three ways to take in this unique landscape on foot. An elevated walkway allows you to virtually walk on water, placing you in the marsh as though paddling a canoe. Conversely, the park’s 60-foot observation tower offers sweeping views from above. And the traditional 1.4-mile Ridge Trail loops through surrounding woods edged by steep ravines to wetland and river.

None of the trails are long, so this is a perfect spot for ambivalent hikers. Lots of natural beauty with minimal effort.

Local Tip: Fishing is allowed, and all but the Ridge Trail are ADA-accessible.


Galien River County Park
17424 Red Arrow Highway
New Buffalo, MI 49117

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