Ex-missile site now part of Metro Detroit wildlife refuge opens to public
Grosse Ile Township — A portion of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge that once was home to anti-aircraft missiles is now open for visitors.
The 41-acre Gibraltar Bay Unit in Grosse Ile Township offers a sanctuary for wildlife and recreation opportunities. It’s open daily from dawn to dusk.
Hunting and fishing are prohibited, but visitors may explore the area on foot. Trails meander through the forests, wetlands and grasslands, offering views of Gibraltar Bay and the southern tip of Grosse Ile. A photography blind is under construction.
Part of the Gibraltar Bay Unit housed Nike Ajax missiles, launchers and radar towers in the 1950s and 1960s. Site cleanup was completed in 1998 and a grassland habitat was created. A shoreline habitat project later added a number of native plants.
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