Park for state land in GHT?

Liz of Grand Haven Township asked, "Is that state land at the end of Robbins Road and 152nd Avenue going to be turned into something?
Mark Brooky
Jun 12, 2013


Liz continued: "There's a rutty, muddy two-track there that leads down to the river, but you can barely walk through it. And kids or somebody always dumps trash there. I think the state, county or township should make it a usable park."


Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said the 46-acre parcel at the end of Robbins and 152nd is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. About 80 percent of the land is located on an island in the Grand River.

The parcel is mostly wetlands and is located within the Grand River floodplain with very few areas that could be developed, Cargo explained.

"I am not aware of any plans for the State of Michigan to develop the parcel into a park," he said, "and the township continues to view this area as simply a nature preserve (or greenbelt) along the Grand River."

Cargo said township staff is aware that people do, on occasion, dump junk and litter on the state land and have removed the material. However, the township does not have any formal agreement with the state to maintain the property.

"But, if we get a junk complaint, we will remove trash that is dumped at that location, and the Grand Haven Township-funded Sheriff's Department deputies know of the issues with this location (i.e., dumping) and do patrols," Cargo added.

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Nutty Bar

I have been going down to this "state land" you refer to since I was a teenager some 17 years ago. Then we referred to it as "Cow Bridge". This is a nice and quiet place to go fishing and relax. When I am back there I pick up all the trash I can and always leave with what I bring with me, but I was also a boy scout.
If you are really concerned about the garbage why don't you do some community service and clean it up! My fiancé cleaned up the whole North West side of Potawatomi bridge just because it bothered her and no one made a public statement (until now), but I hope I'm not the only one enjoying that nice clean part of the bayou. Get out and do something instead of sitting in front of the PC and blowing the cover on other peoples "secret" fishing holes!
"...but you can barely walk through it... the state, county or township should make it a usable park." What a joke! Barely walk through it? A usable park? I have no issue getting back there and use it all the time! You pretend you are all into nature, complaining about garbage and what not, yet you obviously don't get out much and/or actual enjoy what nature has to offer. Neither do you care enough to pick up garbage like the rest of us without looking for credit. We all need to take care of our nation and sometimes that requires volunteered physical labor. No one should have to come and tell you to do this. It shouldn't just be criminals being forced to do community service.
I hope you get out there and enjoy the area and maybe pick up some of that garbage you seem bothered by. We can't do it alone and it shouldn't take these over publicized trash clean-up days either! You can pick up garbage anywhere, any day, anytime! Get working! Thanks for your disheartening commentary. We need better citizens!


thank you nutty bar. This spot is perfect the way it is. I use to go back there as a teenager to fish as well. Nice local spot. i didn't realize it was this big.


Nice comment from the Township..."Cargo said township staff is aware that people do, on occasion, dump junk and litter on the state land"

On occasion? This are has been a trash dump for as long as I can remember, besides the fact during hunting season you can find deer carcasses sprawled all over the place from the slob hunters/poachers whatever you want to call them. All the years I've hunted there I always try to bring out way more than I ever brought in. Myself and other sportsman I know have made numerous complaints to the DNR, it wasn't till a few years back they finally blocked off the two track.

I do agree that this area should be left as it is, now if people would just have some respect to keep it clean it would be far better off.


Funny its the sportsmen and women that understand we must take care of nature by picking up after slobs. Others just want someone else to do it! I have too for all the years of hunting around this great state picked up after trolls that drop garbage. On one occassion, I was anonymously able to retrieve their garbage and return to their driveway for them to find in the morning. Lol


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