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Charge Island is an island and neighborhood in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars located within the Humboldt River.

Description

It is officially part of the borough of Dukes in the Humboldt River and lies between Algonquin to the west, Dukes to the east, and Bohan to the north.

Charge Island is almost entirely dedicated to industrial activity; the enormous East Borough Bridge and water treatment facility make it decidedly unappealing for residential development. In addition to the aforementioned bridge foundations and sewage works, the island features a boathouse, cargo dock and fuel repository, with an oil tanker docked there at the time of Grand Theft Auto IV. A little forest with a creek is also present in the west part of the island.

Much of the island is in the shadow of the East Borough Bridge which connects the three boroughs.

The island has toll booths ($5) that the player must go through in order to go north to Bohan or west to Algonquin, and the name "Charge" is possibly a reference to their presence on the island. Driving through the toll booths without stopping will automatically result in a one-star wanted level.

Influence

Charge Island is based on Randalls and Wards Island but may also draw some inspiration from Bronx Kill, although Bronx Kill is much smaller in real life. The small creek is based on the Little Hell Gate in the middle of the island and the unnamed channel to the east is based on Hell Gate in Astoria.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto IV

The island is featured twice in the game's story, in the missions Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend and Catch the Wave.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Charge Island desalination plant is the main location of the climax mission Salt in the Wound, where Huang Lee pursues his uncle Wu Lee through the plant aided by Wade Heston. There is also a baseball field in the northern part, which is identical to the one in Meadows Park.

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