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.
THIS EVENT COULD GET CANCELLED IF THE WEATHER IS ICKY, OR FOR SOME OTHER TYPE OF EMERGENCY. CHECK THIS PAGE BEFORE LEAVING!
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!
PLEASE CONSULT A DOCTOR TO ENSURE YOU ARE HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR THIS RIDE.
If you have a spare tire and basic bike maintenance tools, definitely bring them along!
See ya there! -- Lee
[Harsens Island is] home to wildlife such as the great blue heron, snapping 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,sunfish, pumpkinseed 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 community, Sans 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.