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Fish Ladder

634 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5318
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Couldn't find it

We drove around for a 1/2 hour trying to find this without success. Looked like abandoned buildings... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Portland, Maine

We came across the Fish Ladder Park by accident after bicycling through Riverside Park on the east... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Grandville, MI
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634 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5318
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We drove around for a 1/2 hour trying to find this without success. Looked like abandoned buildings in not the best area of town. No trespassing signs where GPS said it was located.

3  Thank ladyme1
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We came across the Fish Ladder Park by accident after bicycling through Riverside Park on the east side of river. The park and ladder are on the west side of Grand River, and it was very interesting to observe the large salmon struggling and then...More

1  Thank DWbiker
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I could have sat here all day. I seen fish coming down the ladder, multiple fisher man, ducks and some wall graffiti. a very relaxing free hide away.

1  Thank hollywoodpalms1113
Reviewed 12 July 2017

One of the several interesting sites and attractions on and along the river walk on the Grand River banks in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Salmon and other fish use this "ladder" to swim upstream. When they're running, you can see dozens of fish navigating their...More

2  Thank dadams6593
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I wouldn't necessarily call this much of a tourist area. Sometimes its interesting when there are a bunch of fish stacked up trying to make the climb but most of the time its not too interesting.

1  Thank AQMike
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The fish ladder is a common romantic spot during the days. To just stand and watch the river flow and the fish come up the ladder. This is a must see for couples and families alike.

1  Thank lesliekay123
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Nice park - with current remodeling/construction. Limited parking but ample room to walk about and take in the sites. Handicapped accessible. Great location for family picnics, too.

1  Thank Karen S
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Walked down here on election Tuesday. Great to see the fish (they were huge) jumping up the fish ladder to head upstream to spawn. Also saw a bunch of people fishing and managing to frequently 'hook up', unfortunately I think they were not too experienced...More

Thank 907andrewcharless
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I'm not aware of too many fish ladder viewing places outside the Pacific northwest. This is a true ladder with lots of fish moving upriver. It has an underground viewing window where you can see the water swirling as the fish negotiate the ladder. Outside...More

1  Thank RickMIusa
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Great place to walk along the river. Kids loved watching the fishermen and the fish jump up the ladder. Took a quick walk to Atwater Brewery. Great hot dogs and beer. Reasonable lunch prices!

Thank tdavies157
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31 July 2016|
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Response from Ronmsparks | Reviewed this property |
Licenses may be purchased at many hardware stores or Meijers, etc. Or you can go online at michigan.gov/dnr to make your purchase. Non-resident annual licenses cost $68; 24-hrh license for $10 and 72-hr license for... More
Lindsey P
12 June 2016|
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Response from 52,761 | Reviewed this property |
I have been there at all different times of the year. There seems to be fish in the area almost all of the time. Hope that helps.