|There is, however, very little public access to the river along the eastern side of the island. Near the cemetery, there is a trail leading to the river that is open to the public. The biggest stretch of land that is accessible to the public is at Buckhorn Island State Park. Beaver Island State Park also offers public access to the very southern tip of the eastern side of the island. All of the land along the western side of Grand Island is owned by New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. There are various places where one can wade or swim along the west river. Unfortunately, when walking along the west river, one must walk on West River Road, which is far enough from the river that the view of the water is minimal. There is a high-speed road that is closer to the water but pedestrians and bicyclists are prohibited on that seasonal road. Plans are to build a bike path on public land that is closer to the river.