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Fish Ladder

634 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5318
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Interesting and fun

Great place to visit from late September through early Nov. when salmon are running. Good way for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pretty cool, if you go at the right time.

We have been here in the past and was luck enough to see the salmon running up river. So cool to... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Allen B
Muskegon, Michigan
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634 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5318
634 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5318
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit from late September through early Nov. when salmon are running. Good way for kids and adults to learn about fish migration.

Thank PaulG1006
Reviewed 23 November 2017

We have been here in the past and was luck enough to see the salmon running up river. So cool to see, especially if you are there at just the right time to see a school of them trying to jump up to the nest...More

Thank Allen B
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We stumbled on this fish ladder while visiting Grand Rapids and walking the river walk. WOW! I've heard of fish ladders but never actually see one. Loved it. We could have stayed looking at the fisherman fishing and the fish trying to move upstream for...More

Thank NadineTheQueen
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 4 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 27 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 25 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
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30 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
11 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.