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 parks interior. Trails have a wood chip base
and are barrier free.
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
Restrooms Throughout the
park, including the Nature Center Trails Self-guided, easy. Open 6:00 a.m.
to 10:00 p.m. Picnic Throughout the park, some with playgrounds.
Reservations possible for picnic shelters. Visitor Center Park office open daily 8:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Nature Center open weekdays 1:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends during school
season. Summer hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beach Shop
open only in summer. Bicycling Around the park. No off-trail mountain
bike trails. Cross-country Skiing Three easy trails. No
rental equipment on site. Boat Ramp Regular boat launch into Black
Creek, or day sail onto Lake St. Clair. Drinking Water Throughout the park Fishing Fish for walleye, perch, bluegill,
and pike. No cleaning station. Bait shop located just outside
park entrance. Entry Fee - Motor vehicle permit required for
entry. Barrier Free Entire park, including nature
center Restaurant Food bar open daily during summer,
otherwise weekends only.