Welcome to Exit 1, the true Gateway of Michigan – an all-season stop and destination offering arts and culture, food and drink, and natural beauty.
New Buffalo Township Economic Development Summit
Join us on March 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM EST for the 2023 New Buffalo Township Economic Development Summit!
The Gateway of Michigan
The Exit 1 Corridor is a prime stretch of highway intersecting Interstate 94 in New Buffalo Township and extending through the City of New Buffalo on the shoreline of Lake Michigan to the Indiana State Line with over 44,000 motorists passing by daily in Harbor Country.
The corridor has excellent proximity to Red Arrow Highway, Lake Michigan, and Four Winds Casino just to name a few area attractions. While the corridor encompasses all lands within one-half mile of the road itself, the opportunities for recreation, agribusiness, and more conventional mixed-uses such as restaurants, antique stores, bed-and-breakfasts, and even hotels abound throughout the area.
The Corridor has historically been a functional entrance into the City of New Buffalo, and is arguably one of the more important gateways into the State of Michigan. With many commercially zoned parcels undeveloped or vacant, the Exit 1 Corridor has enormous untapped potential to be transformed into an economic hub which gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the road ahead.
New Buffalo Township has prioritized the development of the Corridor to focus on preserving its identity defined by its natural assets, laid back and welcoming lifestyle, and sense of community, while improving access to affordable housing options, expanded pedestrian pathways such as sidewalks and trails, and encouraging the development of more all-age amenities and attracting businesses to focus on year-round activities.
Things to Do
Enjoy the Pace
The Exit 1 corridor’s charming natural amenities include Lake Michigan, Galien River County Park, Glassman Park, Chikaming Open Lands natural areas, Indiana Dunes National Park, Warren Dunes State Park, and many bike routes and nature trails.
Many other Harbor Country and New Buffalo Township area attractions include dining and drinking establishments, golf courses, events, as well as the Four Winds Casino.