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Address: 634 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5318
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Big Fish Spawning

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
907andrewcharless
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 as I didn't see one fish landed.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 you can see them jumping from one pool to another and often can find local... More 

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Sylvania, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Visited here mid morning on a Saturday. Several guys fishing. I was amazed how they waded out into the middle of the river to fish. Not much to do unless you are fishing but nice place for a Saturday morning walk.

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Pineville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Interesting display of how the salmon swim to spawn. Many brave fisherman out in the very swift currents. Very pretty.

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Manton, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice little stop river runs over a small falls, kind of steps on the side by the park...saw lots of caro, but no salmon, maybe too late in the season. Saw a few guys fishing ...it's free ....you can park for free for 3 hours and you can walk up to the Gerald Ford Museum which was very nice... More 

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Southgate, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I frequently travel through the Grand Rapids area for work and it was very interesting to stop and watch folks wading & fly fishing right on the river in a downtown area. The park is a little dated, but I was more concerned about the fishing and how to go about working the water in the area. I'll be back...with... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We went and watched the fisherman catching salmon and seen several fish jump the Ladder, this was so much fun. they say that some day they might remove this and it will be missed.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you go, bring old bread to feed the giant carp that alays seem to be congregating at the first stage. The fish ladder is artfully done, but old and relatively small compared to those along western rivers

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

The fish ladder is located on the side of a dam, presumably to allow fish who travel down the dam to be able to make it back up for spawning purposes. In reality, though, we did not see a single fish, and this is spawning season. The entire public "park" area is run down and in need of either renovation... More 

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