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 tollbooths which cost $5, and 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 to charge people tolls. Driving through the tollbooths without stopping will automatically result in a one-star wanted level.
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
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.