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River Bends

River Bends Park
River Bends Park is indeed an outstanding community resource. It is rich in plant and animal life, and has historical significance as well. In 2000, a bridge was constructed to connect the two sections of River Bends Park.

The park is divided into two sections by the Clinton River, which flows through the park in an area approximately six miles long. The main entrance to the eastern section of the Park located on 22 Mile Road. This section includes picnic areas, three picnic shelters, rest rooms, and a hiking trail.  The flood plain along the east side of the river provides an 18-hole Frisbee golf course for more active recreation.

Evidence of the historic Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal borders the eastern boundary of River Bends Park.  The entrance to the western section of the park is located off the east side of Ryan Road at River Bends Drive.  This section includes a unique natural area referred to as the Shadbush Tract, the Shelby Shadbush Nature Center, and Woodall Neighborhood Park. A trap and archery range, RC race track, and a hill for sledding can also be found in the western section of the park.

The Shadbush Tract and Nature Center provide opportunities for passive recreation, while the Woodall Neighborhood Park provides ball diamonds, a soccer field, ice rink, and a 1.6 mile paved path for more active recreation. The area also includes picnic tables, a picnic shelter, rest rooms, and a playground area.

This section of the park is also important historically. It was a former stop on the Underground Railroad and the famous boxer, “Brown Bomber” Joe Louis once owned a farm and training center on the land. During the 1950s, it was also the home of a U.S. Army Base, complete with armed Nike Missiles.

Park Office – 4550 River Bends Drive – end of street, east side of Ryan, south of 22 mile road.

Picnic Park – 5700 22 Mile Road – south side, west of Shelby Road

Woodall Park – 4670 River Bends Drive, east side of Ryan, south of 22 mile rd.

Trap & Archery Range – 4863 Range Drive, east of Ryan, south of 22 mile rd

Fishing Site – East of Ryan, south of 22 Mile Road, south side of  Clinton River

Nature Center – Phone – 586-323-2478 4101 River Bends Drive – east of Ryan, between 22 mile rd. and Auburn roads.    E-mail – naturecenter@shelbytwp.org

Holland Ponds – West side of Ryan, north of 22 Mile Road

Website – http://www.shelbyparksandrecreation.org

Parks, Recreation & Maintenance Department – 52700 Van Dyke, south of 23 mile rd.   Phone:  586 731-0300    E-mail – shelbyprm@shelbytwp.org

Park visitors should note that all facilities are to be vacated upon closing. Entrance gates will be locked at this time.

River Bends Picnic Areas & Woodall Park – Open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm or Dusk (whichever comes fi rst) every day. Closed on major holidays and in extreme weather. We reserve the right to close the park due to circumstances beyond our control.

Woodall Skate Park & Ice Rink – OPEN APRIL 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER 1 WEATHER PERMITTING. Open for Skateboards and In-line Skating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  Ages 10 & Under: 10:00 – 11:30 am All ages: 11:30 am – 7:30 pm   Open for BMX Bikes only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10 am – 7:30 pm

Closed on major holidays, in wet weather, and from late Fall through early Spring.    We reserve the right to close the park due to inclement weather, reservation, programming activities or circumstances beyond our control. Ice Rink open during winter months when conditions cold enough to keep ice frozen.

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center


Monday Closed   Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 5:00 pm

NOTE: Special events, programming and holidays may alter operating hours.

Trap & Archery Range

JANUARY & FEBRUARY:  Saturday & Sunday only 9:00 am until dusk or time posted.  Closed Monday thru Friday. Also closed on major holidays and in extreme weather.  MARCH THROUGH DECEMBER:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 9:00 am – 8:00pm or dusk – whichever comes fi rst. Closed Monday thru Wednesday. Also closed on major holidays and in extreme weather.

Holland Ponds

Open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm or Dusk (whichever comes fi rst) every day, except major holidays and in extreme weather.

For more information or for shelter rental, please contact the Shelby Twp. Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at:  586 731-0300



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