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Grand Haven is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River, for which it is named.
As of the 2010 census, Grand Haven had a population of 10,412.
The Potawatomi and Ottawa Indians lived in the area for centuries and used the river as a trade route into the interior of Michigan.
Some of the long culture of the Ottawa tribe is being revealed through the excavation of archeological artifacts.
Grand Haven is home to the United States Coast Guard's "Sector Field Office Grand Haven." The first Coast Guard presence in the city was in 1924.
The Coast Guard cutter Escanaba was based in the city until the Second World War.
In addition, the city features a ski park (Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl) and a skate park.
The waterfront locations bring tourists from all over the state and region for activities which include, boating, sailing, jet skiing, tubing, wind surfing, and an annual kite festival.
The city is home to the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark (3GM) and is located just north of Grand Haven Charter Township.
Grand Haven has been one of many technology leaders in West Michigan and throughout the country, having been featured in the national media, including on ABC, in PCWorld, Computer World and Forbes magazine.
The wireless service is designed to work throughout the city and up to 15 miles (24 km) offshore for boaters.
The city has over 100 miles (160 km) of bike trails, a state beach, boardwalk, two lighthouses, a pier, wharf, large charter fishing fleet and a Great Lakes port, where it imports limestone, slag, cement and coal while exporting sand.
Grand Haven is a destination point for residents of inland cities of West Michigan, as well as many from the other side of the state.