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.
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  • This was a great place to take a walk. We did the Canopy Walkway and Marsh Boardwalk. Both were really nice. We also enjoyed the additional forest trail. Beautiful place for families!  more »
  • Located in/on one of the few Lake Michigan marshes, this is a really beautiful park. There is 2 wonderful walks: one down into the marsh on a boardwalk and one all the way in the treetops. Fantastic....  more »
  • This place is amazing! Great park for the kids, including a splash park. Clean park with public restrooms and convenient parking. There's also nature trails for all ages. This is a great place to spend the day, or just a quick stop when you're passing through. There is also a covered pavilion with lots of seating that you can reserve for get togethers. 5 stars!
  • The trails were not too long overall but they are perfect for a wonderful experience out in nature. We loved the park and the scenery. We'll definitely be back!

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