Milliken State Park and Harbor

Located at: 1900 Atwater St. Detroit, MI 48207

As the first urban park in Michigan, William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor provides a 31-acre green oasis in the midst of downtown Detroit.

The first phase of the park - the harbor - opened to the public in 2004 and offers several covered picnic areas, shoreline fishing and a 52-slip harbor. A 63-foot light tower that is a scaled down replica of the Tawas Point lighthouse marks the harbor entrance.

The second phase of the park opened on December 1, 2009 and includes a wetlands demonstration area that shows how wetlands act as nature's water filtration system. Interpretative signs explain how the wetland naturally cleans the water and then returns it to the Detroit River as clean water - without going to a wastewater treatment plant.

The RiverWalk passes through the park in the area closest to the Detroit River, along fishing platforms and a memorial to Peter Stroh, a noted conservationist who was a tireless advocate for the opening Detroit's waterfront the public.  A bike path laces through the other side of the wetland, linking the park to Atwater Street or back to Rivard Plaza.

To contact William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, please call (313) 396-0217


  • Fishing
  • Monument/Historical Marker
  • Pavilion
  • Restroom

Events at Milliken State Park and Harbor

  • Monday, Jul 22, 2019 - 6:30pm
    This event occurs every 2 weeks .

    Herbal extract specialist, Ravin Regina, leads this FREE bi-weekly workshop focused on sharing the history and modern-day use of native riverfront plants while engaging participants in a lively stroll through th

  • Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    This event occurs every week Wednesday until Wed Aug 28 2019.


    Join Urban Solace studio for Tai Chi on the Riverfront, Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the wetland area of Milliken State Park. 

  • Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    This event occurs every week Thursday until Thu Aug 29 2019.

    Join Urban Solace studio for Yoga on the Riverfront. Classes are held Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and Friday morning at 10 a.m. in the wetland area of Milliken State Park.  

    Classes are free and provided by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.  

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