Montrose Glossary

Terms used in this blog

Beach House
The blue and white building adjacent to Montrose Beach.
Cricket Hill
The grassy hill east of Lake Shore Drive and northwest of Montrose Harbor.
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Dog Area
The fenced-in area at the west end of Montrose Beach where dogs can run unleashed.
Fishhook Pier
The fishhook shaped pier that extends into Lake Michigan from the east end of Montrose Beach.
A pool of water that forms on the beach after a heavy rain. Fluddles are attractive to migrating shorebirds.
Golf Course Pond
The small pond just west of Montrose Harbor at the north end of the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course.
Magic Hedge
The line of shrubs and trees that runs southwest to northeast from the northeast corner of Montrose Harbor. So called because of its “magical” power to draw in passerines and other landbirds.
Montrose Beach
The broad sandy beach that extends from the Fishhook Pier to West Lawrence Avenue.
Montrose Dunes
The complex habitat of beach vegetation at the east end of Montrose Beach.
Montrose Harbor
The large boat harbor on the south side of Montrose Point. The mouth of the harbor forms the southern boundary of Montrose Point in the Birding Montrose Point guide.
Montrose Regular
A regular and frequent birding visitor to Montrose.
Native Planting Area
The area of native flowers on the south and east sides of Montrose Point.
Protected Areas
Any area that’s fenced or cordoned off with rope. Entry into these areas is prohibited. An area may be fenced or cordoned off to protect plantings or to discourage cruising.
Public Beach
The part of Montrose Beach outside of the protected natural areas (dunes and wetlands) and dog running beach.
Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course
The large golf course west of Montrose Point, bounded by North Lake Shore Drive on the west, Lake Michigan on the east, West Montrose Avenue on the north, and Waveland Avenue on the south.
The Meadow
The open grassy area east of the Magic Hedge.
Water Feature
The water drip southeast of the Magic Hedge. The Water Feature runs in spring, summer, and fall.

Aerial Photograph of the Montrose Point Area*

Aerial photo of Montrose Point

  • 1) Montrose Harbor
  • 2) Golf Course Pond
  • 3) Cricket Hill
  • 4) Montrose Beach
  • 5) Fishhook Pier
  • 6) Montrose Dunes
  • 7) The Meadow
  • 8) Magic Hedge
  • 9) Native Planting Area

*Courtesy of the United States Geologic Survey