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DISCOVER 2013 Spring/Summer Brochure

Leisure Services Director

Debbie Bilbrey-Honsowetz
1150 Canton Center S.

Recreation: 734/394-5460
Parks: 734/394-5310
Administration: 734/394-5360
Fax: 734/394-5366

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Canton Leisure Services is the recipient of the 2008 National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award


Come Explore Cantons Trails

The Lower Rouge Trail

Hours and Parking

The trailhead parking lot is open daily from dawn till dusk.

The parking lot is located on Morton Taylor Road north off of Michigan Avenue.

Connecting the Canton Community Through Passive Recreation Canton's scenic trails were developed to offer residents an opportunity to experience the splendors of nature close to home. Visitors will be able to make a personal connection with nature through walking, running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and wildlife watching.

Canton's existing trail network extends from Canton Center Road to the I-275 bike Trail, and follows the Lower Rouge River along its entirety.

Along the existing route, individuals and clubs have also developed numerous footpaths and off-road biking trails. While traveling along the existing trail, users will cross the river 7 times using pre-fabricated wooden arch-style bridges.

Access to the existing trail network can be obtained by using the trail head parking lot located on Morton Taylor Road, north of Michigan Avenue. The trailhead parking lot is open to the public from dawn until dusk daily

Access is also available at Canton Center Road. The total length of the existing trail system is approximately 4 miles, not including the off-trail footpaths which are nearly 8 miles in length.

To become an advocate for the trail system, please contact the Canton Leisure Services Park Office at 734/394-5310.

Get Healthy By Walking in Canton!

Area residents are encourage to hit the walking trails and paths located in the Canton Parks. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise is one of your body's most natural forms of exercise. It's safe, simple, doesn't require practice, and the health benefits are endless


Fellows Creek Wetland Nature Trail

The Fellows Creek Wetland improves water quality, stabilizes stream banks, reduces pollutants entering the Rouge River and providesfish and wildlife habitat.

Why was it built?

Fellows Creek once had a wide floodplain and a meandering stream bed. Its banks were forested wetlands and open prairie. Drainage for agriculture straightened the channel, reduced plant and animal diversity and negatively affected water quality in the lower Rouge and Detroit rivers. The Fellows Creek Wetland seeks to re-create a more natural stream system to more effectively manage storm water, reduce stream bank erosion and benefit fish and wildlife.


For more information, please contact:
Canton Leisure Services Parks Office
at 734/394-5311

What animals live here?

Frogs, toads, shorebirds and dragonflies thrive on the insects that live in the wetland. The trees around the wetland provide homes for bats which consume one-half of their body weight in flying insects each night (3,000 insects per bat!). Butterflies drink wildflower nectar for food, and lay their eggs on the leaves of native plants. Hummingbirds also rely on wildflower nectar. Ducks and muskrats thrive on plants such as cattail and arrowhead that grow with their roots in the water. Look for muskrat dens that look like piles of cattails.

What are the benefits to the environment?

In addition to providing wildlife habitat, the Fellows Creek Wetland:

  • reduces storm water run-off into streams
  • filters sediment and pollutants out of storm water
  • reduces flooding
  • reduces stream bank erosion

What can I do to help?

Natural areas need care, just like parks and gardens. Volunteer park stewards install and tend bird boxes, remove invasive plants, and collect and spread wildflower seed. Everybody can help the river by preventing chemicals, oil, fuel, detergent and dirt from washing into storm drains. Homeowners can help the river by using less fertilizer and pesticide on their lawn and garden, letting the grass grow taller between cuttings, reducing the amount of lawn, watering less often, and planting native wildflowers

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