Back on January 22nd, on a snow-free, but frosty morning, as I layered up to head outside, I got a crazy notion that it might be fun to visit all the shoreline parks along the Detroit River. I knew the River was frozen over, so it might present some great photo ops with the waves frozen in place. I even had a name picked out for the trek’s blog post title: “Dilly-dallying along the Detroit River.”
Well, that was an idea best left in my head, because after this one-mile trek at Council Point Park, photographing my peanut-eating pals, along with a large orange cat that crouched on the ice nibbling on shad, I decided my fingers may not be up to that eight-mile long frozen foray.
So I tabled that idea ‘til Summer and six months later I got ‘er done.
Dingell Park – Ecorse, Michigan.
This time it was a warm and humid morning when I stood on the pavilion area at Dingell Park.
A chalk artist had left their mark under the pavilion.
The River was calm and fishermen baited their hooks and dropped their lines into the water.
It was peaceful and a perfect way to start the day.
While I could have walked to my next destination(s), I drove and parked as I intended to visit Bishop Park and a mile down the road, BASF Park.
Bishop Park – Wyandotte, Michigan.
The anglers were similarly lined up along the boardwalk, but also fishing from the pier. The seagulls were hanging out, perched on the boardwalk railing, hoping someone might share a bite of breakfast with them.
I was pleased to see Joanne on her morning walk. You’ll recall I wrote about this ageless, very spry walker last year. Now in her 90s, Joanne, who recently began using a rolling walker, gets her daily steps done along the waterfront, on a path that takes her from the senior apartments where she lives to Bishop Park. As she rolls along, she is all smiles, waving at everyone that crosses her path. I caught up with her and we chatted, then she was on her way again and so was I, as I left to walk through downtown Wyandotte to head to my next destination.
BASF Waterfront Park – Wyandotte, Michigan.
My next stop was at BASF Park, an 85-acre park dedicated in 1995 by chemical company BASF Corporation. This followed a clean-up of debris used in such heavy industrial businesses like shipbuilding and steelmaking.
It is always quiet at this park, except in Summer when Saturday regattas are held at the Wyandotte Boat Club. A nearby golf course is accessed from Biddle Avenue, so it is a pedestrian-only park.
I never see other walkers, just waddlers. There are a lot of Canada Geese roaming about, but there were no adult geese around that morning – they had evidently left their goslings to graze along the shoreline.
Next/last stop … Elizabeth Park – Trenton, Michigan.
The fourth park and third city in about three hours’ time – I was on a roll and no frosty fingers. What was I thinking back in January?
Elizabeth Park is one of my favorite county parks. On this beautiful day, there were more anglers lined up on the boardwalk, but no sign of the groundhog begging for treats.
It was a tad early and the pleasure boats were still moored in their respective boatwells.
The Detroit River, in the Downriver area where I stopped at these four parks, is approximately a half-mile wide, but the width varies, as much as up to three miles across. The River has an average depth of 35 feet. On any given day, you’ll see freighters, some close enough to see the freighter’s name, then you can track its whereabouts later on the website “Boat Nerd” – on this day, I saw several freighters. Freighters are a fun find on a river roam, but I’m partial to waterfowl as they’re more interesting.
It is not just freighters … on a beautiful day everyone loves to be out on the River.
As you likely know, the U.S. and Canada share an international border, the Detroit River, accessible by the Ambassador Bridge or via the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. We can stand on the U.S. side and see what’s happening with our Canadian neighbors and every July, a spectacular fireworks show, launched from barges in the Detroit River, is part of the International Freedom Festival, an event where one million people gather at the Detroit and Windsor riverfronts.
Since our Canadian neighbors are celebrating Thanksgiving today and here in the U.S. we are celebrating Columbus Day, I thought it was a perfect time for a post about roaming along the Detroit River shoreline.