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80 Harbor Island Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

building  view of lake and deck  lake and dunes
Photos: City of Grand Haven


deck along the lake
Photo: City of Grand Haven

This site is a one-hundred-forty-acre island that lies between the north and south channels of the Grand River. An operational power plant sits at one end of the island, while a marina and restaurant are located at the other end. The remainder of the island is open to wildlife viewers and other recreational users. The island contains a linear park, including a paved hiking/biking trail that offers a good view of the river channel and the undeveloped dunes on the opposite shoreline. Little-used roads on the island provide good access to viewing opportunities along the river and the associated wetlands. Parking is permitted on the shoulders of these roads except where indicated by signs.

Wildlife Viewing

Excellent opportunity to view many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and wetland songbirds on and around the islandís pond areas. Great blue herons are common all around the island. Great egrets, terns, and a variety of gulls may be seen during spring and fall migration. European widgeons and other unique species are not uncommon, but their appearance is unpredictable. Sometimes large groups of great egrets and black-crowned night herons can be seen wading in the wetland areas adjacent to the river channels. Wildlife use of the island is determined by fluctuating water levels, which are directly influenced by Lake Michigan.

The island is in the grand river floodplain. Occasional flooding does occur.


From US-31 North, turn right (east) onto Harbor Island Drive and follow the signs for Harbor Island Public Boat Launch. From US-31 South, turn right (west) onto Coho Drive and onto Harbor Island.

Ownership: City of Grand Haven (616) 842-2550

Size: 140 acres

Closest Town: Grand Haven

Weather and Driving Directions for Grand Haven

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