Explore: Lake Erie Metropark

Explore: Lake Erie Metropark

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 28, 2021)

Brownstown, MI – Lake Erie Metropark is located at 32481 W. Jefferson in Brownstown, which is south of Wyandotte and north of Monroe – just a short, worthwhile drive from Oakland County.  Here one can find an amazingly varied landscape that birds absolutely love.

Even on a drizzly cold morning I came across green heron, blue heron, hawks, and woodpeckers.  Ducks, geese, and swans are common sights as well, with the most amazing gathering of thousands of ducks in the area where the Detroit River meets the great Lake Erie.

The park is a tracking place for hawk migration, and a sculpture includes pictures of the various birds one might see and the time of year they pass through. And for those who want an up close look, there is a resident bald eagle in it’s own pen near the museum.

In a non-pandemic summer, Lake Erie Metropark is full of visitors enjoying the fun of a wavepool, a golf course, a marina, biking trails, shelter rentals, areas for fishing, and a Marshland Museum.  And of course there are the nature trails.

The Cherry Island Marsh Trail is 1.25 miles and the Trapper’s Run Trail is 1. Walking the full park gives amazing views of Lake Erie, a canal, fascinating marshlands, and a thicket of woods with overlook points.

We’ll post an update in the spring to see how this area changes through the year!

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Lake Erie Metropark

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