31 Cut River Bridge
wildlife viewing |
directions and facility information
Photos: MI DNR
A Michigan Department of Transportation roadside
park is the primary access to a network of hiking
trails that wind in and around the beautiful forested
Cut River Valley to its mouth on Lake Michigan.
The beautiful trout lily is a common spring
discovery along the forested trails of Cut River.
Photo: MI DNR
A rest stop or picnic at the State Roadside Park
provides a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the
mouth of the Cut River Gorge. The real beauty of this
site, however, lies hidden among the rolling, forested
dunes of the Lake Superior State Forest and within
the forested river valley below. Hike the Cut River
trails in May to view spring wildflowers such as trout
lily, trilliums, and Dutchman’s breeches. Spring,
especially in the month of May, is also a good time
to view migrating warblers and other songbirds that
follow the Lake Michigan shore and concentrate at
the mouth and along the gorge due to the rich insect
life emerging from the river. Hawks and owls also
follow the coastline as they head to their northern
breeding grounds in late April and early May. A diversity
of forest songbirds use the forested gorge in the
spring and summer as breeding habitat and offer good
viewing opportunities along the trails. Interpretive
markers help visitors identify plants and trees along
Portions of this area are open to public hunting.
Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
for affected seasons and locations.