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109 Metro Beach Metropark Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

park sign view of lake
Photo: © Phil Seng



rocky point and shoreline
Photo: © Phil Seng

Metro Beach is a 750-acre peninsula that extends into Lake St. Clair. The park offers more than 7 miles of shoreline, 1,600 feet of boardwalk along the lake, and nature trails that explore a wetland in the park’s interior. Trails have a wood chip base and are barrier free.

Wildlife Viewing

Metro Beach is excellent for watching birds. Birds that cross Lake St. Clair on their annual migrations use the park as a haven in which to rest and feed before continuing their journeys. November and December offer an excellent opportunity to view migrating waterfowl. You may see tens of thousands of diving birds, including cormorants and loons, on a single day! In April and May you can view loons again as they migrate back north to breeding grounds in northern Michigan and Canada. May also brings large numbers of warblers and other songbirds to the area. Least bitterns, great blue herons, and black-crowned night herons have been seen and heard on the nature trails through the wetlands. At the end of August, watch for large groups of monarch butterflies and hummingbirds migrating to Mexico for the winter. Occasionally, snowy owls are seen here during winter.


From Detroit, take I-94 east to Exit 236. Turn right onto metro Parkway (16 Mile Road) and follow it about 3 mile to the park entrance.

Ownership: Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority 586-463-4581 or 800-477-3172

Size: 750 acres

Closest Town: Mount Clemens

Weather and Driving Directions for Mount Clemens

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