NEW BUFFALO MICHIGAN TRAVEL & VISITORS GUIDE

New Buffalo: Parks & Recreation

Lions Pavilion Park

This pavilion is the home of the New Buffalo Lions Club. It is located just across the street from the public beach and is considered part of the Beach Park complex. There is a pavilion, several picnic tables, grills, playground and benches. The pavilion is often used as an entertainment venue (see our events calendar).

Dog Park

The Sari Asher Memorial Park, located at 1420 East Washington St., is a designated area for dogs to run and play. Open daily, dusk to dawn to local residents and visitors. An Annual or Daily Permit (available inside park) is required for each dog present. Onsite parking is available.

Park Restrictions

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Galien River Wetlands and River Park

Newly opened in the Spring of 2014, Phase I of the Park features a ground level walkway that winds 600 feet through the marsh leading to the edge of the Galien River and a 300-foot sky-walk 60-feet high with panoramic views of the river, woods and the rare Great Lakes marsh preserved below.

The Park which will be phased in over several years, is designed for passive recreation such as bird watching, fishing or quiet contemplation. It is the first county park in the southern part of Berrien County. When completed, amenities include a fishing and viewing platform, canoe and kayak tie-up area, benches and platforms large enough for to hold a class. The walkways and many trails are handicapped accessible and a switchback will accommodate bus and van drop-offs.

Admission is free and the park entrance is on Red Arrow Highway across from the New Buffalo Township Hall.


New Buffalo Township Memorial Park

Located on Red Arrow Highway just north of U.S. 12, the Township park has a pavilion with picnic benches, grills, playground and washrooms. The pavilion is available for rent. For more information call (269) 469-1011.

Oselka Park

Located at 601 E. Indiana St., just north of the New Buffalo High/Middle School campus, the park contains a pavilion/restroom building, a sledding hill, two baseball fields, one softball field, one softball flex-use field adjoining the soccer field and a ice-skating rink.

Nature Preserve

The Sima Preserve is located along the Galien River in New Buffalo, adjacent to a 86-acre Galien River County Park Preserve purchased by Berrien County in 2001. This is the only remaining Great Lakes marsh of its size in southern Michigan and a sanctuary for native and migratory birds and a diverse population of native plants and animals.

The best access is via low impact boating (canoe or kayak) which can be launched at the Galien River Access located on Red Arrow Hwy., just north of Kruger Road at the bridge in New Buffalo Township. This state-run access area can also be used to launch small fishing boats.


Lake Michigan Water Trail

This Nationally recognized trail for paddlers (kayaks and canoes) links communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks. Seventy-five miles long, the trail follows the route used by Native Americans and early explorers for trapping, fishing, and commerce, running along the Lake Michigan shoreline from Chicago's lakefront in Illinois to New Buffalo, Michigan.

This is one of 41 trails in 17 different states, totally more that 13,000 miles, that is recognized by the designation of National Recreation Trail and one of only 30 trails that is water-based. Lake Michigan Water Trail is also the first leg of a proposed 1,600-mile trail around the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan.

The availability of public access launch areas every eight (8) miles or so along the route makes this trail readily accessible to paddlers of all ages and skill levels.

Skate Park

Located at 1011 E. Clay St. (across the street from New Buffalo High/ Middle School), the Park is a joint venture with New Buffalo Township and New Buffalo Area Schools and is designed for use by skate boarders and in-line skaters. The park is open 9am until dusk.

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