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Galien River County Park

Galien River County Park is open daily, from dawn until dusk.  The Park will be closed in the winter months due to safety issues with snow and ice.  There is no entry fee. 

The park is located on Red Arrow Highway in New Buffalo Township, just north of the intersection with US-12. The entrance is located directly across the road from the New Buffalo Township Hall. The park address is 17424 Red Arrow Highway, New Buffalo.

In 2001, the Berrien County Parks Commission acquired 86 acres in New Buffalo Township to establish the Galien River County Park.

This undeveloped property included a mix of upland and wetland habitats along the Galien River. The wetland area is particularly significant in that it is a part of the larger "New Buffalo Marsh," a Great Lakes marsh that formed along the Galien River just upstream from the river's mouth at Lake Michigan.

With the generous assistance of the Pokagon Fund and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Phase 1 improvements have been completed and the park is now open to the public!

Highlights of these improvements include a 300' Canopy Walkway that leads to a 60' high Marsh Overlook Tower and a 600' long Marsh Boardwalk that leads to River Viewing and Fishing Platform. Both of these major features are accessible via hard surfaced, barrier free hiking trails.

Photos at right (top to bottom) include a view of the Galien River in the park; the Marsh Overlook Platform at the end of the Canopy Walkway; the River Viewing and Fishing Platform; and the Marsh Boardwalk.

 

 

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