80 Harbor Island
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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
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.