In 2001, the Berrien County Parks Commission acquired 86 acres in New Buffalo Township to establish the Galien River County Park. This undeveloped property included a mix of upland and wetland habitats along the Galien River. The wetland area is particularly significant in that it is a part of the larger "New Buffalo Marsh," a Great Lakes marsh that formed along the Galien River just upstream from the river's mouth at Lake Michigan.
With the generous assistance of the Pokagon Fund and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Phase 1 improvements were completed in 2014. Highlights of these improvements include a 300' Canopy Walkway that leads to a 60' high Marsh Overlook Tower and a 600' long Marsh Boardwalk that leads to River Viewing and Fishing Platform. Both of these major features are accessible via hard surfaced, barrier free hiking trails. Galien River County Park is a great location for casual hiking with frequent stops to enjoy the views. For the best wildlife viewing opportunities, visit the park in the early morning or evening.
Galien River County Park is open daily, from dawn until dusk. The Park will be closed in the winter months due to safety issues with snow and ice.
There is no entry fee.
Marsh Overlook Platform; Canopy Walkway; River Viewing and Fishing Platform; and the Marsh Boardwalk.
Please note: No dogs or pets are allowed at Galien River County Park. See a full list of rules by clicking Rules Ordinance (PDF) below.