North Bay Park

Ypsilanti, MI
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

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Migration season is the best time to visit North Bay Park. Ford Lake is a hot spot for migration, but you’ll always see a variety of birds any time of year. You’ll walk partly on a paved path, until you hit Ford Lake and the boardwalk. You’ll find fisherman often fishing along the trail and sometimes even muskrats and turtles sunning themselves. If you’re allowing your little ones to walk, please keep them close. There is a fence along the boardwalk, but small guys could still fall in. Half-way through the hike, there’s an observation tower that you can climb for a better view of the lake and the golf course. Islands with bridges dot the other half of the hike. Watch your step, there is ALWAYS goose and duck poop and there is no fence, so keep your eye on little ones. There isn’t much shade, so put sunblock on!

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall and Spring
Surface type Paved
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Boardwalk, Fishing, Lake, Picnic Area, Playground, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Limited maintenance in the winter.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The entrance to the park requires that you drive through a Park and Ride. If someone is at the booth taking money, turn around and park in the Park and Ride lot. This is free and you just have to walk another 100 yards. If someone is at the booth and you want to save your steps, it is $3 for a daily pass. If no one is there, then go ahead and park in the lot near the playground.

Trail Contributor

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Born, raised, and rooted in the GREAT state of Michigan and adventure mom to Neko and Levi, I’ve been involved with the Hike it Baby organization since 2014. I currently work as the Data and Social Media Coordinator for the Hike it Baby National Team, a Branch Ambassador for Hike it Baby Ann Arbor, and a fulltime employee with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. I have a passion for the outdoors and am so grateful to have the opportunity to carry on that passion. Thanks to HiB, I was also elected as Pittsfield Township Park Commissioner in 2018, which allows me to be a voice for my community. When I’m not on the trails or working, I enjoy traveling, kayaking, social justice, baseball, vegan food, and cheering on Neko at all of his sporting events!


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Getting There

I-94 to exit 183 to Huron St.