Milliken State Park and Harbor

Located at: 1900 Atwater St. Detroit, MI 48207

As the first urban state 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 with fishing platforms and a memorial to Peter Stroh, a noted conservationist who was a tireless advocate for opening Detroit's waterfront to the public.  A bike path laces through the other side of the wetland, linking the park to Atwater Street or back to Cullen Plaza.

To contact William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, please call (313) 396-0217 . For more information, please visit the DNR William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor website.


  • Fishing
  • Monument/Historical Marker
  • Pavilion
  • Restroom

Events at Milliken State Park and Harbor

  • Sunday, Jun 09, 2024 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

    Kids Fishing Fest is presented by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy in partnership with Rivertown Detroit Association, DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, Huron-Clinton Metro Parks and Bass Pro Shops. Registration is required.

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