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Come explore wildlife with views of Humbug Marsh and Island, education shelter, and bald eagle nest observation lookout.


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579' 177 m

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574' 175 m

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5' 2 m

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8' 2 m

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The Humbug Marsh is current open only during special events or permitted activity. The trail will be fully open to the public around spring/summer 2019, coinciding with the grand opening of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway & Visitor Center, located on the northern adjacent property.

Need to Know

There is currently no parking when the trails are closed. During special events, close-by remote parking is available with shuttle to transport people back and forth. Please check the Refuge website for updates on trail openings.

Description

Around the millennium, the property that is the Humbug Marsh unit of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge was slated to be turn into a mixed use residential and golf course development. Plans for this controversial development sparked outrage from local communities, conservation organizations, hunter and wildlife groups, and elected officials.

They were able to stop the development from happening, and help to form the initial force behind the founding of the Refuge, the only international wildlife refuge in the nation. Now, the Detroit River IWR works throughout the 48 miles of shoreline between Detroit and Toledo to improve the conservation, stewardship, and access to open natural public areas for the over 7 million residents who live within a 45 minutes drive of the Refuge.

Flora & Fauna

-Oak, shagbark hickory, ash, elm trees.
-Bee balm, mountain mint, ironweed, goldenrod, milkweed, bulrushes, grasses, cattail, phragmites, sedges
-Deer, beavers, pollinators, muskrats, bald eagles, migratory birds, hawks

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Vince Z

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