I live on an island in the Niagara River. It is close to Niagara Falls, New York; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Tonawanda, New York, and Buffalo, New York. It is the largest island in the river. Other islands include Strawberry Island, Motor Island, Navy Island, Beaver Island, and Frog Island. Some of these islands are in the process of being restored. Strawberry Island nearly disappeared entirely after extensive mining of gravel and sand back in the early part of the twentieth century. Other islands suffered in similar ways. These small islands can only be visited via canoe or kayak during the restoration process.
Grand Island is a big island, shaped like a pork chop. It is a gem in the Niagara River.
One day, I walked in a circle around the circumference of Grand Island. I think that it is approximately 22 miles. That was a lot of walking. I walked along the river for much of the way. For the most part, it was a beautiful walk.
Grand Island has a series of creeks, all of which are tributaries of the Niagara River. They include Woods Creek, Spicer Creek, Gun Creek, Six Mile Creek, and Burnt Ship Creek. People enjoy kayaking in these creeks.
For me, it is the creeks and the proximity to the river that make Grand Island special.
Below are a series of images of Grand Island. I focus on the environment, as well as some human activities.