Encompassing more than 850 acres, River Bends
Park is rich in plant and animal life, and has historical significance as well.
The park is divided
into two sections by the Clinton River, which flows through the park in an area
approximately six miles long. In 2000, a bridge was constructed to connect the
two sections of River Bends Park.
The main entrance to
the eastern section of the park is located at 5700 22 Mile Road. This section
includes picnic areas, three picnic shelters, rest rooms, access points to the Clinton
River and miles of hiking trails. The flood plain along the east side of
the river provides an 18-hole disc 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 of Ryan Road at 4101
River Bends Drive. This section includes a unique natural area referred to
as the Shadbush Tract, the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center and Woodall Neighborhood
Park. Among the amenities in this section are a trap and archery range, radio
control race track, and a hill for sledding.