What's Happening with Sugar Island?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sugar Island has been a popular landing spot for boaters on the Detroit River for decades. The 30-acre island at the southern tip of Grosse Ile has what many consider the best beach between Belle Isle and Sterling State Park near Monroe. It’s been used as a de-facto public park, despite being privately owned. Recently, the owner sold the island to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and now it’s part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. For the first time in years it’s off limits to recreational users until further notice. That decision has upset many of Sugar Island’s fans, including the Friends of the Detroit River. Chairman David Howell says keeping the public off of public property poses something of a paradox.

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