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Parks and Preserves in Harbor Country

Parks are plentiful in Harbor Country and provide space for being as active or leisurely as you wish. 
Check our Events section for a list of park activities year-around!

New Buffalo:

Galien River Marsh Overlook Tower

Galien River County Park, 17424 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo  is Harbor Country’s newest park (opened in 2014). It features a 300-ft canopy walkway leading to a river viewing and fishing platform on the Galien River. The 60-ft high overlook tower provides breathtaking views of wetland habitats.both are accessible via hard-surfaced, barrier free hiking trails. Open from dawn to dusk, closed in winter. No dogs allowed. 

Louis J. Sima Great Lakes Marsh, 17424 Red Arrow Hwy, located along the Galien River in New Buffalo, adjacent to the Galien River County Park. Owned and managed by Chikaming Open Lands, it contains approximately 150 acres of the Galien River Marsh, one of the richest habitats on earth. Several state-listed threatened species are found here. One of the best ways to enjoy the Sima Marsh is by canoe or kayak with access at the Galien River boat launch on Red Arrow Highway, or at the New Buffalo City boat launch.

Grand Beach Marsh Preserve, is located on Deer Park Drive, just off Grand Beach Road in Grand Beach. Owned and managed by Chikaming Open Lands, the 11-acre preserve is an outstanding example of a globally rare coastal plains marsh, containing wetland, oak savanna, and mixed hardwood forest. A ½ mile trail suitable for hiking loops through the woodland alongside the marsh. Parking is along the roadside. No bicycles or motorized vehicles. No Hunting. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please stay on marked trails.

Lions Pavillion Park

Lions Pavilion Park, The Lions Pavilion is named such because it was a generous gift to the City of New Buffalo from the New Buffalo Lions Club.  The New Buffalo Lions Club continues to help out. The pavilion is located at 101 Marquette Drive, which is across the street from the City Beach.

New Buffalo Lakefront Park and Beach is at the end of Whittaker St, just across the bridge. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 am – 6 pm. Warning flags indicate lake conditions. Only swim in the designated, signed area. A sand-wheelchair is available at the snack bar. There is a pavilion, restrooms, picnic tables, grills, playground and benches. A parking fee is charged. Sunrises and sunsets are free. 269-469-1522.

New Buffalo Township Park

New Buffalo Township Memorial Park, Red Arrow Hwy just north of US 12, has a pavilion with picnic benches, grills, children’s playground, basketball court, splash pad, bocce ball courts, horse shoe pits and restrooms. The pavillion can be rented. 269-469-1011 

Oselka Park, Bronson and Indiana Sts in New Buffalo, behind the New Buffalo High School football field, offers baseball and soccer fields and horseshoes, as well as a children’s playground. The pavilion with fireplace can be rented. You also can use the running track around the football field. 269-469-1500

Sari Asher Memorial Dog Park, 1420 Washington St, New Buffalo. New Buffalo’s only dog park where dogs can run and play. Open daily, dawn until dusk. Open to all area residents and visitors. Donations accepted at the park.   .

Turtle Creek Preserveis located on Lubke Road in New Buffalo Township just adjacent to the New Buffalo Elementary School. Owned and managed by Chikaming Open Lands, the 12-acre woodland features a high quality hardwood forest and some seasonal wetlands. Turtle Creek runs through the property. A trail network suitable for hiking loops through the preserve. Parking is available in the visitor spaces at New Buffalo Elementary School parking lot. Overnight parking is prohibited. No bicycles or motorized vehicles. No Hunting. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please stay on marked trails.

 

Chikaming Township:

Chikaming Township Park & Preserve

Chikaming Township Park and Nature Preserve, Warren Woods Rd just south and east of where Warren Woods Rd crosses I-94, is 263 acres which include wetlands, woodlands, a 5-acre lake and borders the Galien River. It is diverse and rich, providing a wide variety of ecological habitats for bird study, wildlife ecology and flower and tree identification. There are currently walking and bike trails, viewing and fishing platforms, picnic facilities, community garden and restrooms. Future plans include preservation programs, reforestation and additional recreational facilities.

Harbert Community Park, 13411 Red Arrow Hwy, just north of Harbert Rd, includes a regulation size Little League baseball field, bleachers, a pavilion with two grills and picnic tables, benches, a playground, a small fishing pond and the area’s newest dog park as well as an ice skating rink in the winter. There is off-street parking. Open from dawn to dusk.

Harbert Road Preserve, Harbert Rd between Three Oaks Rd and Flynn Rd, is an 88-acre preserve with two ponds, wetlands, wooded and open land trails, bluebird boxes, a shelter, prairie grass field, nesting fields for pheasants and wild flower patches. Wear your walking shoes because it’s a hike from the parking area to the blazed trail. Open sunrise to sunset.

Jens Jensen Preserve is a 23-acre tract of woodland located off Parkway Drive, west of Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer. Owned and managed by Chikaming Open Lands, the preserve contains a high quality hardwood forest and an extensive, well-maintained trail network suitable for hiking. The trail system extends into the 20-acre Pepperidge Dunes Preserve, which is owned by the Michigan Nature Association and is just adjacent to Jens Jensen. Parking is along the roadside. No bicycles or motorized vehicles. No hunting. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please stay on marked trails.

Robinson Woods Preserve

Robinson Woods Preserve, 8015 East Rd, Lakeside, is an 80-acre forested nature preserve on East Road in Chikaming Township. Owned and managed by Chikaming Open Lands, the preserve consists of mature forest dominated by beech, maple and oak trees. Multiple streams flow through steep ravines cutting through the preserve. Robinson Woods features several loop trails through the woodland, appropriate for hikers of all fitness levels. There is a parking lot at the entrance to the preserve. No bicycles or motorized vehicles. No hunting. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please stay on marked trails.

Three Oaks:

Dewey Cannon Park – photo by B.Rattan

Carver Park,  Oak and Ash, Carver Park is a wonderful spot for a picnic. The park houses picnic tables, grills, and a pathway. There are historical markers with information about the history of the area. It is home of the Annual Flag Day activites.

Chamberlain Path, Elm and Maple, Three Oaks Sculpture Garden in downtown at Chamberlain Path is home to beautiful sculpture by several highly-esteemed artists that will be rotated and it is funded by the Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative. The path connects Elm St. and Generations Drive.

Dillard Park, North side of town at Cherry and Walnut. This is a small neighborhood playground.

Dewey Cannon Park, E Maple St, Three Oaks, is home to the historic Dewey Cannon which was presented to the village by President McKinley for raising the highest per capita amount in the nation for the Spanish-American War Memorial. Band shell, picnic tables and volleyball courts are available. Open dawn to dusk. Check the Harbor Country calendar of events for weekend music and drama programs.

Kesling Nature Preserve, West Forest Lawn Rd, Three Oaks. Located along the South Branch of the Galien River, the Kesling Nature Preserve is one of the most popular spring bird-watching spots in Berrien County. Home to a rich diversity of plants and wildlife and scenic views of a 40-foot deep ravine under a canopy of giant beeches, maples, oaks and many other kinds of trees. 

Timber Town Playground, Nels Dr and Locust St, Three Oaks, is a unique playground where kids can hide, glide, slide, climb, balance and tumble. There’s a special Tiny Town area for 2- to 5-year-olds. Built of timber with non-skid surfaces and padded hand and foot grips, it’s a great playground kids will love.

Warren Woods

Warren Woods State Park, East of I-94 between Warren Woods Road and W. Elm Valley Road. Warren Woods State Park, administered by the Warren Dunes State Park officials, is a favorite site for hikers and naturalists. Warren Woods is a virgin beech-maple forest, the last of its type known in Michigan. There are outstanding individual trees of several species, including many greater than five feet in diameter and more than 125 feet in height. Spectacular displays of wildflowers are best viewed in April and early May. Naturalists will also appreciate the wide variety of plants and wild flowers that grow in the woods.

Watkins Memorial Park, Nels Dr and Locust St, Three Oaks, is a 20-acre park which includes Hoadley Trail with a 1-1/2 mile physical education trail including 21 workout stations. The park features sand volleyball courts, baseball field, basketball court and picnic tables. There is a large pavilion with prep kitchen, bathrooms, grills, picnic tables and electricity that can be rented. 269-756-9221