Thanks to visionaries who encouraged communities to collaborate rather than compete, the region commonly known as “downriver” has quietly evolved over the past two decades, achieving a“must-see” status.
With more than 100 miles of shoreline, nearly 10,000 acres of parklands, and 18 communities that are knitted together by 100-plus miles of trails and waterways, the region offers an eclectic mix of urban and natural settings unlike anywhere else in our state.
Downriver is framed by three major tributaries – the Huron, Detroit, and Rouge Rivers. Each of these rivers has undergone a miraculous ecological recovery with a resurgence of wildlife, waterfowl, and over 127 species of fish – not to mention their dramatically improved water quality. In fact, the Huron River is now ranked among the cleanest urban rivers in the nation.
Combine these dramatic environmental gains with a resurgence in the region’s unique small cities and towns that are rich in history and cultural heritage and it has “must see” written all over it.
Sharing stories about the many visitor attributes is the mission of Destination Downriver, a public and privately funded marketing initiative working on behalf of the downriver region. Drawing from nature-based destinations, like North America’s only International Wildlife Refuge, or from the unique restaurants and retailers in places like Wyandotte, Trenton, Lincoln Park, Grosse Ile, Flatrock, Gibraltar, Riverview, River Rouge or Brownstown, the visitor rewards are bountiful. Visitors to the area can discover distinct flavors, adventures, and experiences catering to a variety of tastes. To find out what adventures await you along Michigan’s southeast coast, check out Destination Downriver’s landing page at: www.swcrc.com/destinationdownriver