Galien River County Park, New Buffalo

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The Galien River is a 30.0mi stream in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. The river begins at the outlet of Dayton Lake and flows in a predominantly westerly direction until it enters southeastern Lake Michigan at New Buffalo. The South Branch Galien River rises just north of the border with Indiana, at the confluence of Spring Creek and the Galena River, the latter rising in LaPorte County, Indiana.HistoryThe river was named after René Bréhant de Galinée, a French missionary, mapmaker and explorer. The name was changed to Galien by legislative action in 1829.EcologyThe Galien River passes through Warren Woods State Park which supports the last climax beech-maple forest in the state of Michigan. The Galien River watershed supports the state's largest breeding population of yellow-throated warblers (Setophaga dominica), and a substantial population of breeding cerulean warblers (Setophaga cerulea). Also supports a high diversity of bottomland forest obligate bird species.Designated coldwater streams in the watershed include: the main stem of the Galien River, east branch Galien River, Blue Jay Creek, south branch Galien River, and a portion of Spring Creek. Plan your Galien River County Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in New Buffalo using our New Buffalo attractions app.
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  • Easy access, great parking, beautiful park. I recommend this park to anyone wanting great hiking trails. 
    Easy access, great parking, beautiful park. I recommend this park to anyone wanting great hiking trails.  more »
  • Beautiful park! Well-maintained and clean walkways/boardwalks. Simply stunning views from the lookout deck. I wish it were bigger so I could spend more time exploring the park! 
    Beautiful park! Well-maintained and clean walkways/boardwalks. Simply stunning views from the lookout deck. I wish it were bigger so I could spend more time exploring the park!  more »
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  • We absolutely love this park. It has a beautiful boardwalk through the marsh with viewing points and benches. It has a canopy walk which is a quite long boardwalk at treetop level with a beautiful viewpoint. Nice trails. Beautiful birds. No charge for parking. There are lots of people on the weekends so we usually go during the week.
  • This is a great place to stop by. South side of red arrow was my visit location. This side has a picnic shelter that can be reserved, a small fire bowl and stage attached. Two flush toilets behind the shelter. North side of the shelter has resistance exercise equipment, shuffle ball and horseshoes. South side has a playground and a splash pad with benches. Walkways to overlooks on both north and south sides that look to a small waterway below. Great shade and the north walkway is paved for access. The south side is not paved and overlook has steps. Placards on the trail show native animals names and marks.

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