Crosswinds Marsh, New Boston/Sumpter Township, MI

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Crosswinds Marsh

Crosswinds Marsh is a 1,000 acre wetland/wildlife preserve created in 1993 (opened in 1997) by flooding a farmland that was originally a marsh. It is one of the largest man-made wetlands in the country that was created as a land swap to replace wetlands used to expand the Detroit Metro Airport (the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and State law requires developers to create or set aside 1.5 acres of wetlands for every acre destroyed and move any threatened or endangered plants and animals ). So, when Detroit Metro Airport used 200 acres of wetlands to expended its runways, the Metro Airport Authority bought dry farmland nearby and flooded it to create a 304-acre marsh within this 1,000 acre preserve.

The park has a wonderful variety of landscapes. There is 1.4 miles of nice wooden boardwalks to walk on. The park has one of the most easily viewed and photographed Bald Eagles nest in Southeast Michigan.


  • Picnicking / Grills
  • Caneo rentals
  • Fishing / pier
  • 4.5 miles of Equestrian trials for horseback riding
  • 4.5 miles of cross-country skiing trails
  • 7 miles of hiking trails

Park Contact Information

27600 Haggerty Road
New Boston, MI 48164
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801
Phone Number: (734) 251-1990
Approximate Size: 1,000 acres
Vehicle Permit Required: No

Related Web Sites

Pure Michigan Web Site on Crosswinds Marsh

Wayne County Web Site on Crosswinds Marsh

Bird Species at and directions to Crosswinds Marsh

Flickr Photo Gallery - Amazing Photos!

Information about the preserve from Landscape Architecture Foundation

Michigan Web Site on Crosswinds Marsh

Sumpter Township Web Site on Crosswinds Marsh

Trail Map

YouTube Video #1 on Crosswinds Marsh

YouTube Video #2 (part 1 of 4) on Crosswinds Marsh

YouTube Video #2 (part 2 of 4) on Crosswinds Marsh

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