Bridgeton Township Public Land Access
According to 2006 township parcel data, Bridgeton contains almost 6,000 acres of State-owned land. This includes portions of the Muskegon State Game Area which encompasses over 10,000 acres across Newaygo and Muskegon counties. The State land in Bridgeton is primarily forested with scattered wetlands. Most of the area is not accessible by vehicles, so hikers can enjoy an excellent wilderness experience.
The township also has two boat launches available for public use. One is located on the south bank of the Muskegon River at Warner Avenue (pictured below). The other boat launch is on state-owned lands on the north bank of the Muskegon River near Maple Island Road. It includes an improved launch ramp, parking spaces, and facilities.
Bridgeton Township Park
The Bridgeton Township Park launch site includes great parking space, an excellent boat launch, ADA accessible kayak launch, clean bathrooms, and beautiful scenery. There is a parking fee of $5.00 at Bridgeton Township Park & Maple Island Boat Launch, or you may purchase a $30 annual pass.
Maple Island Boat Launch
River Rat Rentals are located one mile east of Maple Island Road. It is a 7-hour trip from Maple Island to Muskegon Lake at the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are several road end access sites located on the Muskegon River between Maple Island and Muskegon Lake.
Expect a 3-hour Muskegon River paddle from the Bridgeton Township Park to the Maple Island Launch (8 miles).