What are the hours of the RiverWalk?

The RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut are open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where can I park?

There are numerous parking structures located along the riverfront that allow for hourly parking.  The interactive map on the website shows where these structures are located.  Limited, free parking is also available in the lot at Rivard Plaza.

Are animals allowed on the riverfront?

Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and under control.  Owners are expected to pick up after their dogs.  No other animals are permitted.

Where am I allowed to fish?

Fishing is currently allowed at Milliken State Park, Gabriel Richard Park and in designated areas west of Hart Plaza.  Fishing will be allowed at Mt. Elliott Park and along the west riverfront when those sites open in late 2013.

 Is there a Code of Conduct that visitors to the RiverWalk, Dequindre Cut and Hart Plaza must follow?


These guidelines are posted throughout the riverfront public spaces and are intended by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to enhance the enjoyment and well-being of guests who use the RiverWalk, Hart Plaza and Dequindre Cut Greenway. 

For Everyone’s Safety and Enjoyment…
• Hours of operation:  6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian 21 years of age or older after 6:00 p.m.
• Be respectful of other guests. 
• Dress should be modest and appropriate for a family environment.
• Respect plantings and wildlife by staying on existing paths.
• Deposit trash and recyclable bottles in appropriate receptacles.
• Bikers and roller skaters yield right of way to pedestrians.
• Fishing is permitted in designated areas only.
• Performances or rallies, commercial activity and distribution of commercial or non-commercial material is prohibited without prior written permission from the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy management.
• Dogs are welcome when on a leash and under control. Please pick up and properly dispose of pet waste.
• The following are prohibited:
              Camping (tents), campfires and grills.
              Pop up tents or Bounce houses.
              Gatherings of more than 40 people without written approval from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
              Alcoholic beverages.
              Tables or outside catering.
              Panhandling or solicitation.
              Motor vehicles
              Gatherings of more than 40 people
              Non-Conservancy sponsored or approved private events
              Amplified Sound.
              Any other animals, other than dogs, which must be on a leash and under control.
              Obscene language or gestures, fighting, yelling, throwing objects, littering, playing loud music or other disorderly conduct of any kind.

Can I rent a bike or a Segway when visiting the riverfront?

Yes.  Bike rentals are available from Wheelhouse Detroit, which is located at Rivard Plaza.  Visit their website at www.wheelhousedetroit.com for more information. Segway rentals are also available for rent from Detroit Segways and tour the Dequindre Cut and select portions of the RiverWalk. Visit their website at www.detroitsegways.com

Is photography permitted along the riverfront?

Photography or filming for personal use is permitted along the riverfront and the Dequindre Cut, but any commercial photography needs to be approved by the Director of Communications.  A commercial filming application form with the cost associated with filming can be downloaded from this website or you can contact Marc Pasco, Director of Communications, at Marc.Pasco@DetroitRiverfront.org.

What is the ultimate vision for the Detroit riverfront?

The Conservancy’s ultimate vision is to develop five-and-a-half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge on the west to Gabriel Richard Park, which is just east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge.  The first phase of the project, three miles of the east riverfront, is more than 80 percent complete and spans from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park.  The first phase of the west riverfront project, a 20-acre parcel located between Joe Louis Arena and Rosa Parks Boulevard will open in late 2013.

How many people visit the Detroit riverfront each year?

It is estimated that three million people visit the Detroit riverfront annually.

What is the economic impact the revitalized riverfront?

A 2013 economic impact study that the Conservancy commissioned found that:
• The riverfront project has generated $1 billion in public and private investments during the last decade.
• More than 16,700 jobs and 1,300 annual jobs have been created due to the project
• An additional $1 billion-plus in future investment in anticipated along the riverfront during the next 10 years.   

What happens when construction is complete?

As the permanent stewards of the riverfront public space, which includes the RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut, the Conservancy is responsible for construction, operation, maintenance, security and programming, along with raising the funds to support all components of the riverfront public spaces.