With that, the Metroparks’ Natural Resources Department will
partner with NOAA and The Great Lakes Commission to begin work
to naturalize and restore nearly 1,183 feet of hardened
shoreline and improve 1.7 acres of coastal wetland at Lake
“We’re always focused on identifying new opportunities to
protect and enhance our park’s natural environments, while also
creating new experiences for visitors. This project does both,”
said HCMA Director Amy McMillan. “We’re thankful for the
support of committed partners that make projects like this
The three-year project will work to remove the shoreline rip-rap
armoring and naturalize it by establishing native vegetation,
controlling non-native vegetation and creating low-velocity
areas protected from direct waves. Shallow pools and channels
will also be created to promote fish spawning and nursery
The project will help achieve coastal wetland restoration and
softening shoreline priority objectives set by the St.
Clair-Detroit River System Initiative (www.scdrs.org) by
improving the habitat for native species of bird, fish and other
wildlife and will mitigate shoreline erosion in Michigan’s
portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin.
In addition to benefiting the ecosystem and biodiversity in the
area for wildlife, the project will improve the visitor
experience with more picturesque views and improved recreation
opportunities such as shore fishing and kayaking.
On June 13, 2019 the Metroparks Board awarded a contract to
GEI Consultants as the project managers. Visitors will start
seeing equipment mobilized in the area soon. Pre-construction
monitoring will begin first, with construction anticipated to
follow next year. Work will continue in stages over the next two
For additional updates on the project, visit Metroparks.com.