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Featured happenings at Belle Isle

  • Recreation Passport Information

    Visitors will need a Recreation Passport to access Belle Isle Park by vehicle beginning in 2014. Throughout Belle Isle's first year of the Recreation Passport requirement, a vehicle can access the island without a Recreation Passport until the owner's next vehicle registration renewal date. All vehicles entering the park must have a Recreation Passport by February 2015. Recreation Passports can be purchased for $11 at any Secretary of State office, or when renewing vehicle registration by mail. They can also be purchased at state parks or recreation areas, including the temporary mobile contact station marked with the MDNR logo at Belle Isle Park, located just past the MacArthur Bridge.

  • Design Competition: Belle Isle Aquarium Weathervane

    The Belle Isle Aquarium is hosting a Weathervane Design Competition, sponsored by the Butzel Long law firm.  The contest begins on Friday, August 1, 2014 and ends at midnight on Tuesday, August 29, 2014. The winning entrant will receive a $500 prize, and the weathervane design will adorn the Belle Isle Aquarium’s cupola.  Read Information and Rules | Download Application Form | Click here for updates and FAQs

  • Scott Fountain

    The James Scott Memorial Fountain runs every day from 10 am to 10 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Built in 1925, the Scott Fountain is considered one of the jewels of Belle Isle. The lower bowl has a diameter of 510 feet and the central spray reaches 125 feet. There are 109 water outlets in the shape of dolphins, turtles, lions and human figures.

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3:00 pm Frederick Law Olmsted Program: Resurgence of the People’s Island @ Belle Isle Park
Frederick Law Olmsted Program: R… @ Belle Isle Park
Oct 10 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join scholars and professionals in a remembrance of America’s most famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who remarked in 1882 that “Among American parks, Belle [...]