AMES BOAT LAUNCH

Middle Channel Drive, Harsens Island, Clay Township

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources parking area is bordered on one side by a large natural woodlot that harbors warblers and woodpeckers. Behind the parking area and woodlot is a large DNR-managed field with shrubs, tree-lined edges that has several canals drain the area. Viewing is enhanced by a large dike that places you above the action. Expect to see Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles and other raptors, and many waterfowl, especially during migration.

 
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During the spring migration, visitors can see a variety of hawks, Bald Eagles, shorebirds, Sandhill Cranes and warblers Spring migration might also bring Black Terns. marsh birds and Common Moorhens. Northern Harriers can be seen in the summer and fall.

 

AMENITIES

Below is a list of amenities available at this property.

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VIEWING SEASON

Spring, summer and fall are the best viewing times

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PARKING

Parking is available

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RESTROOMS

Restrooms are available

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TRAIL CONDITION

No formal trail

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PICNIC TABLES

No picnic tables or shelters are available

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BOAT LAUNCH

There is a boat launch at this property, plus kayak and canoe access

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FEE

Yes