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Where to get on the water


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
  • 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