Details for William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 11 reviews

Address Atwater Street
Detroit, MI


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


Harbor Master on duty: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Credit or debit card. No cash is accepted.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: May to September


Enter just west of the lighthouse.





Tide & current additional info

Current isn't a big issue.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: 40' docks have about 10'.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 52
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Up to 27' is $1 per foot, with a minimum of $24.
28-36' is $1 per foot plus an additional dollar.
37 and over is a $1 per foot and an additional fee which increases with boat size.
Enter information in the reservation link on the website for precise pricing.
$1/ft up to 27'. $1/ft +$1 for larger boats


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Available

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Have to leave gated area, but nice grassy area across street.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - $5









Yes - Free





Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability



Other services


Captain Geoff reported July 2010: 'The Boardwalk along Detroit River is very nice. It takes you about 1.5 miles S from the marina well past the RenCen. We had no security concerns while walking it, but I wouldn't walk it at night.'

Reviews for William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
Very Secure Marina, 2017-07-28
Captain: , Sacramento, CA (416)

Great location along Detroit's River Walk. Fully fenced and gated. Clean restrooms and showeres. Andrew's On The Corner, a restaurant and bar 3 blocks up the street, has good food, and a free bus ride to and from all Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, Pistons & other Detroit events.

Great location, nice docks, 2017-07-10
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (471)

This is a well run municipal marina. We weren't sure of the depth on approach, but we got in ok with our 7ft draft. The slips are long and wide. The area around the marina is fine for walking and there are a growing number of restaurants. Try the open air beirgarten at Atwater Brewery. The city has done a very nice job with the Detroit Riverwalk, all the way down to the city center. Hats off to the city and the Dept of Natural Resources.

Good Downtown Marina, 2017-06-26
Captain: , Britt, Ontario (711)

June 22/17 - our third time here. Good clean marina, free laundry and very secure. Nice waterfront walk to Renaissance Center. Noticeable improvements in neighborhood every year.

Very secure marina in downtown. It is gated with lots of security around. They didn't advise walking to grocery store. Decent washrooms and free laundry. Good depth for our 5'5" draft.

unexpectedly good, 2016-07-22
Captain: , Port Huron Michigan (180)

secure, no problem with 4.5 FT draft. Detroit is just outside the gate. Slip faced South, look up and see the Ren-Cen.

Good safe stop, 2014-07-22
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1997)

It's Detroit and like so many cities revitalization is occurring.
The staff are not boat people and don't monitor their radio even though they say they do.
The plant growth has reduced water depth so be careful docking.
Our 50 amp service was wired wrong so we switched to another switch which did work.
Still it was a safe marina good security and we slept well, although at $1.50 ft it was pricey for what you received.

Well kept up, 2014-04-08
Captain: , Lake St Clair, MI (30)

Have stayed here three times. The facilities are modern, clean and well kept up. Some of the staff have been wonderful, others less attentive. The park that surrounds the marina is pleasant for a walk and taking the Riverwalk to downtown is very nice.
The one drawback is that it can be noisy at night from the kids in the abandoned parking lot across the street blasting music from their cars.
It will be interesting to see if the new DNR tour center nearby will help to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.

The best marina from which to see the real Detroit, 2013-07-05
Captain: , Brisbane, Australia (399)

The marina is in good shape, but the maintenance staff are not detail orientated, all facilities could be cleaner. There is a free laundry. Nice walk to downtown (GM/renaissance center) along water front. Greenway walk to supermarket.

This is a primarily african american marina in an (83%) african american city. It's not scary or scetchy, it's just black. The Detroit waterfront is decayed, but reviving. The Detroit people are battered but proud. We (caucasians) found the people Detroit to be extremely friendly, polite, helpful and welcoming. The boaters in the marina were very friendly even sharing their food and beverages with us.

Very nice facility and staff, 2010-07-28
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

We had a nice view of Detroit as we passed by and we pulled into the Milliken State Park Marina which is about a mile N of the Renaissance Center. We had been told that MI had wonderful state run marinas, and I couldn't agree more. The marina had 52 nicely built slips that can handle boats up to 50'. The staff was very attentive and even offered to help carry our laundry to the FREE washer and drier! You'll find parks and a boardwalk that takes you along the river to the downtown area. We walked it and even watched "The Double" being filmed with Richard Gere and Martin Sheen. There were lots of people out enjoying the area and we never once felt ill at ease. Of course, we're used to being in Central and South America, where we're often the only white people around.

aka tricentenial park, 2010-05-07
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Nice well maintained marina run by the DNR. It is gated and the riverwalk is making it into a much nicer area than it used to be.

Walkable to downtown. Some shopping about 1/2 mile east.

Clean, Quiet and Safe, 2009-06-28
Captain: , Detroit (10)

Although this marina is located near the abandoned warehouse section of downtown Detroit, it is safe ... very safe. A lot of new development is planned for this area which eventually will make this a popular destination spot for Detroit. The Detroit River Walk is part of this facility ( a short walk to downtown) ... an example of what is to come for Detroit. Give it time.

Tri Centenial Marina, 2008-08-06
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

Biggest problem is that the neighborhood is bad. Lots of abandoned bldgs and vacant land. Nothing within walking distance. Only 4 boats regularly here. For the time here we were the only transient or one other boat.
First class docks, just like all the state marinas.

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