Heading east from the GM Renaissance Center on the Detroit Riverwalk is one of my favorite walks in downtown Detroit. I always take time to explore William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor to check out the birds and plants.
Michigan’s first urban state park, William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor covers 31 acres of land along the Detroit River. It includes picnic areas, fishing piers, as well as native plants, shrubs, and trees.
The wetlands in the park naturally treat storm water from the paved walks before returning water to the Detroit River; similar to the rain garden at Newburgh Pointe.
While most people enjoy the spring and summer flowers or the autumn colors at Milliken State Park, my favorite season to visit is winter.
With no leaves, I can more easily spot the winter birds on the trees and shrubs.
And with snow on the ground, it’s easy tracking of the animals that live in the park over winter.