Harbor Island camping considered

Garbage piles and chain-linked fencing may soon make way for campers and recreational vehicles on Grand Haven's Harbor Island.
Alex Doty
Oct 23, 2012


City Council suggested a possible campground at last year's goal-setting session, City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

The property on the north side of the Third Street Bridge is owned by the city, and is currently used by the city's Department of Public Works and other contractors as a dumping and storage site.

“The current use is kind of a dump,” McGinnis said.

City staff has identified a campground layout consultant from Petoskey that can provide layouts, cost estimates and a feasibility analysis for about $10,000. That amount is covered in the city's 2012-13 budget.

“Just because you’re a camper doesn’t mean you’re good at laying out a campground,” McGinnis noted.

McGinnis said the consultant would give the city an idea of what it might cost to operate and construct the campground.

“We don’t know what the capital costs would be,” he added.

McGinnis said the city would only construct the site if it had City Council’s backing and would be self-sufficient.

Councilman Mike Fritz noted that money raised from the campground could be used to supplement other city funds.

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I think that would be an awesome sight for camping area. Needs to be done right and make it nice.


that is a pretty good spot for a camp ground


I agree, hope it all works out


While it'd certainly be a better use for that area as a campground than a DPW dump I wonder if some type of environmental testing will be done to the ground for toxic substances before the campground is actually built? That area is not exactly what you'd call pristene.


What could be a better plan than opening up more water access camping? One could get a glimpse of a freighter slowly navigating its way to Verplanks or the power station once in a while, There would be plenty of commerce close by...Albeit hotdogs and ice cream are essentials in the summer but occasionally you may want to sit down and eat or buy some more summer gear.


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