River Trails Heritage Park

River Trails Heritage Park         

River Trails Heritage Park (currently in the park concept phase) is located at the confluence of the Tobacco and Tittabawassee Rivers in Edenville Township in Northern Midland County.  Michigan State Highway M-30 splits the park into two separate areas, and the Tobacco and Tittabawassee Rivers are the western and eastern borders, respectively.  The Midland County Parks and Recreation Commission acquired the River Trails Heritage Park property in 1999.

River Trails Heritage Park has many unique natural and historical characteristics.  With almost 6,000 feet of river frontage, the park is an attractive place for people who want to fish and enjoy wildlife along the Tobacco and Tittabawassee Rivers.  The history of the park is vibrant and spans over ten millennia.  Artifacts have been discovered at the confluence of the Tobacco and Tittabawassee Rivers and suggest there may have been an Indian village that was used until the 1870s.  Around that period, Frank Wixom settled this area and used the rivers to move the lumber cut from the immediate area to mills in the south, down by the Bay City area.  Frank Wixom was committed to the people who worked off his land, and in celebration of their work, he held lumber jack picnics for their benefit.  Please click on the photos icon to view the historic lumber jack picnics and other great park views.

The Midland County Parks and Recreation Commission is poised to create one of the most unique and attractive parks in the mid-Michigan area.  The concept plan represents the complete vision for River Trails Heritage Park.

Park Concept Map

Historic Photo's of the Frank Wixom Lumber Jack Festivals