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111 Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

stream through field trails in fields walkway through the woods
Photo: © Phil Seng


education center sign
Photo: © Phil Seng

This site contains nearly 100 acres of wild lands along the north branch of the Rouge River in suburban Troy. Habitats found here include cattail marsh, sedge meadow, lowland forest, rolling uplands, and beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. Almost two miles of trails dissect these diverse habitats. Stop at the nature center for a trail map and other materials. The nature center, completed in 2002, is equipped with an exhibit hall, classrooms, library, wildlife viewing area, nature shop, public rest rooms, and drinking fountains. Some of the trails are barrier free.

Wildlife Viewing

heron at water's edge
Great blue herons are common visitors
to wetlands along the Rouge River.
Watch them stand motionless waiting for
small fish or frogs to swim by.
Photo: © Phil Seng

Because of the many habitat types found here, this site offers a variety of unique plants and animals to observe. Wildflower viewing is excellent, and whitetail deer are numerous. From skunk cabbage that pushes up through February snow, to witch-hazel whose yellow blossoms add color to the forest long after autumnís leaves have fallen, wildflowers at this site are a real treasure.

Nearly 200 kinds of birds may be seen here. Spring migration (April-May) is the best time for viewing. A bridge over the Rouge River near the nature center provides good fish viewing—bass, bluegill, and suckers are most common. Low areas along the river also are good for seeing herons, muskrats, painted turtles, and leopard frogs. The marsh tower on Fox Trail gives a very nice view of the Rouge River bottomlands.


From Detroit, take I-75 north to Crooks Road Exit. Turn right (north) and proceed to Square Lake Road. Turn left (west) and continue to Coolidge Road. Turn right (north) and drive for 3/4 mile to the park entrance on the left.

Ownership: City of Troy, Parks and Recreation Department. (248) 524-3567

Size: 100 acres.

Closest Town: Troy

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