Situated on the southeast end of Grosse Ile, just one mile from Bob-lo Island and 1.5 miles from Amherstburg, Ontario, the 30-acre Sugar Island is fascinating from a fish and wildlife perspective, although its recent cultural history is no less interesting.
The state-endangered channel darter is found around the island’s quick currents and rocky substrate. Migratory songbirds use the forest, but the fall hawk migration is most significant, with large flights of hawks and vultures often moving east from directly overhead. The only two significant sand beaches on the Michigan side exist on the east and west sides of the island during years of lower “average” water levels. These beaches are locally unique with threesquare and rufous bulrush at the ever-changing water’s edge. Willows, silverweed, milkweeds, and others can be found in the island’s sandy environment. The forest is particularly diverse and includes a stand of young sugar maples.
Sugar Island was the site of a major amusement park in the late 1800s which included a dancing pavilion, restaurants, boat rental, and even a roller-coaster.
With the exception of hunting, public use activity on the island is prohibited at this time.
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