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Bike Riding on Harsens Island, meeting spot is at McDonald's in Algonac

This event is being held in conjunction with the May 3-4 camping weekend. If you intend to do both activities, please RSVP for both separately. See:

Want to get that Up North feel without going Up North?  Come biking on (the very flat) Harsens Island.  We will meet at McDonald's in Algonac.,+MI/Mc+Donald's,+700+Pointe+Tremble+Rd,+Algonac,+MI+48001/@42.5834393,-83.1182975,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x8824c5f96ccd2bf7:0x70fd341efca3310!2m2!1d-83.1446485!2d42.4894801!1m5!1m1!1s0x88254018951346f7:0x4f2d50b129e74b46!2m2!1d-82.54224!2d42.614574


There is a huge parking lot at McDonald's to leave our vehicles. We will bike as a group to the ferry, which is free for bikes riders.  

We will bike 15 - 20 miles around the island at a slow to moderate pace, on paved roads.  (If someone volunteers to lead a faster group, please e-mail me and I will add a second ride group to this event.)  

We will stop for late lunch at one of the restaurants on the island.

Bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and a bike lock.  Wear neon green, construction orange, and other bright colors.  HELMET IS REQUIRED!


If you have a spare tire and basic bike maintenance tools, definitely bring them along!

See ya there!  -- Lee

From Wikipedia:

[Harsens Island is] home to wildlife such as the great blue heronsnapping turtles,watersnakes, muskrats, mink, whitetail deer, pintail, canvasback and mallard ducks, Canada geese and red-winged blackbirds. The area is a popular fishing spot with yellow perch, large and small mouth bass, rock bass, carp,sunfishpumpkinseed fish, bluegills, and silver bass available. The State of Michigan owns about 75% of the area of the Island, and has waterfowl and wildlife sanctuaries throughout.

Harsens Island is the only U.S. island in the Flats that can be reached by automobile ferry, and the only one with roads, an unincorporated communitySans Souci, a school (now closed, and has subsequently re-opened as the "Harsens Island Schoolhouse Grille"), The WaterFront Shoppe/George Crown Art Gallery and a small airport. All the other U.S. islands—there are scores of them—are accessible only by boat.

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  • Lee K

    Hail... Who wouda think? Fun day! I think I'll repost this same-type weekend during a festival on Harsens Island. There's one July 19.

    May 5, 2014

  • Angela

    Great ride. Thanks for organizing and happy birthday Lee!!

    May 4, 2014

  • Kate s.

    Great ride. Crazy weather; hail, rain, wind and sun. Lovely people. Bring on the PALM!

    May 4, 2014

  • Glen G

    Great place to ride....good people to ride with!

    May 4, 2014

  • Dan

    Good people. Good time. A little light rain.

    May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I was really lookingbforward to this ride, but unable to make it. I got a new dog foster later in the week and have to run her to an adoption event before noon and pick up later in the day. I hope this ride is offered agin, I know I'm missing a great ride with ffreat people. Hope to meet you all soon.

    May 3, 2014

  • connie

    If anyone has extra women's bike, Would you please bring?

    May 3, 2014

  • Lee K

    Someone wants to hike on person's Island while the rest of the group goes biking. Possibly I have a second person as well. Does anybody else want to join them?

    May 2, 2014

  • Andrew

    I have a 3-bike rack if anyone wants a ride from Royal Oak or nearby.

    April 29, 2014

    • Andrew

      9:15 am. Hollywood Super Market parking lot. 29200 North Campbell Road
      Madison Heights, MI 48071. Look for the red Ford with an orange bike on the rack.

      April 30, 2014

    • connie

      Ok,I will be there.

      April 30, 2014

  • connie

    Lee, Is there any bike rental Harsens island or Algonac?

    April 20, 2014

    • Lee K

      Not that I know of. However, I may have an extra (older) bike for you if I can get my bike rack out! I usually just throw my bike in my van.

      April 21, 2014

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