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Where to get on the water

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If you’re in Grand Haven, you’re not far from the water, whether it’s Lake Michigan, the Grand River, or one of the many lakes and bayous off the river.

Here’s a list of spots you can access those waterways, be it with a powerboat, a canoe or kayak, or even a stand-up paddleboard.

Public Boat Launches

Spring Lake
  • Petty’s Bayou, Spring Lake Township, Fruitport Road
  •  Pomona Park, North end of Spring Lake, Fruitport *
Grand River

(From closest access to Lake Michigan, going upriver)

  • Harbor Island, Grand Haven *
  •  Mill Point Park, School Street, Spring Lake Village *
  • East Grand River Park, Grand Haven
  • Lloyd’s Bayou, Spring Lake Township, DNR launch
  • Indian Channel, Spring Lake Township, DNR launch
  • Odawa Point, 144th Avenue, Grand River, Grand Haven Township *
  • Bruce’s Bayou West, Crockery Townshp, Cypress off 138th Avenue, DNR launch
  • Bruce’s Bayou East, Crockery Township, 132nd Avenue, DNR launch
  • Robinson, 118th Avenue, Grand River DNR
  • Riverside Park, Grand River, North Cedar Street, Robinson Township *
  • Bass River Recreation Area, State Park, 104th Avenue, Robinson Township
Pigeon River/Lake
  • Pigeon Lake, Lakeshore Drive, Port Sheldon Township

Places to launch

paddle board, kayak

Spring Lake Village
  • Mill Point Park

No launching is allowed at Lakeside Beach

  • some street end parks (no parking)
Grand Haven
  • East Grand River Park
  • City Beach
  • Harbor Island
Grand Haven Township
  • Pottawattomie Park
Ferrysburg
  • some street end parks (no parking)
Robinson Township
  • Connor Bayou
  • Riverside Park
  • Bass River Recreation Area
Port Sheldon Township
  • Hemlock Crossing
  • Pigeon River/Lake

* A fee is charged at these sites