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Belle Isle Park, Detroit

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Belle Isle, officially Belle Isle Park, is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River, between the United States mainland and Canada. Owned by the City of Detroit, it is managed as a state park by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through a 30-year lease initiated in 2013. Belle Isle is the largest city-owned island park in the United States and is the third largest island in the Detroit River after Grosse Ile and Fighting Island. It is connected to mainland Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge.
The island is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard station, a municipal golf course and numerous monuments. It also previously housed a Nature Center where visitors were able to traverse wooded trails and view wildlife natural habitats, a former Belle Isle Zoo, riding stables and the Detroit Boat Club. The island includes a half-mile swimming beach.
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  • I was quite pleased to see how the state has turned Belle Isle around, brought it back from the brink of decay. As a native East side of Detroit-er who had spent a lot of time on the island as a...  more »
  • This was my parents and uncles go to when my cousins and I were growing up. I remember canoeing with family. Soo fun Well took my grandson he loved it clean wasn’t overcrowded he loved it  more »
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  • Relaxing hideaway from the daily hustle and bustle. Perfect for pick nicks, bike rides, jogging, hiking, picture taking, rowing, kayaking, flying kites, ... Love it!
  • Very nice. the wind was amazing the water was beautiful and blue and the view is gorgeous.
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