Grand Haven

Located on the sugar sand shores of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Grand River, Grand Haven is an active resort town and the epicenter of West Michigan's Water Wonderland. Grand Haven State Park is regularly rated one of the nation's top beaches. And the city features more than 100 miles of bike trail, 2 Great Lakes lighthouses, a busy waterfront boardwalk, and an extensive fleet of charter fishing boats.

The city has felt the pain of Michigan's deindustrialization. But the community also is acting aggressively to reinvest in the urban core, leverage traditional assets such as a distinct quality of life, and position itself to compete in the 21st century. With the Big Lake on the front doorstep, it's hard to imagine anything but success.   

Feature Story Ciana Witherell identifies as non-binary, which is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively feminine or masculine.

Moving beyond the gender binary


Feature Story Spring Lake DDA Director Angela Stanford-Butler, Grand Haven Main Street Executive Director Jeremy Swiftney and Ferrysburg Mayor Rebecca Hopp wear their "love of community" masks.

Communities reframe mask debate into message of unity


Development News GC

Tech students accessing Great Lakes data: A win-win for academics and water quality


Feature Story Andrew Boyd and Jeremy Miller outside the Grand Haven Armory.

Aldea Coffee is building community, one cup at a time


Feature Story Recent high school grad Gezelle Kingdom Grier is ready to cast a ballot in her first election by mail

Mail-in ballots attractive to first-time voters


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