Smithville Park


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Nearest Road(s):    Smithville Road
Side:    Right
Parking:    4 gravel
Distance to River:    200’
Launch Type:    Beach
Restrooms:    No
Drinking Water:    No
Picnic Tables:    2
Refuse Disposal:    Barrels
Fee for Use:    No
Comments:    Portage from upstream around Smithville Dam.  Rocky put-in downstream.  Firepit and 2 grills.

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Smithville Park Sign

Smithville Park Sign

Smithville is just upstream from Eaton Rapids.  From downtown Eaton Rapids take State Street (changes to Plains Road) east about a mile and a quarter to Smithville Road, then right (south) 0.6 miles to Smithville Park on the east side just before the Grand River.  The Smithville Dam is a mandatory portage on river right if approaching from upstream.

 

 

 

 

Smithville Dam

Smithville Dam

 

The Smithville Dam is not to be run under any circumstances.  Do not cross the buoys.  Portage on river right.

 

 

 

 

Smithville Park Put-in

Smithville Park Put-in

 

The Smithville Park Put-in is rocky/gravelly.

 

 

 

 

Smithville Park Put-in

Smithville Park Put-in

 

The Smithville Park Put-in is rocky/gravelly.  A campfire pit is located close to the launch site.

 

 

 

 

 

Smithville Dam

Smithville Dam

 

Do not approach the Smithville Dam if the water is moving.  The turbulent flow can suck a canoe/kayak into the hydraulic.

 

 

 

 

Smithville Dam Warning

Smithville Dam Warning

 

Do not approach the Smithville Dam if the water is moving.  The turbulent flow can suck a canoe/kayak into the hydraulic.

 

 

 

 

 

Smithville Dam Portage Sign

Smithville Dam Portage Sign

 

If paddling down from upstream, the mandatory portage is on river right.

 

 

 

 

Smithville Dam Portage Take-out

Smithville Dam Portage Take-out

 

This is one of several Smithville Dam Portage Take-out sites along a mowed grass portage trail.

 

 

 

 

 

Smithville Dam Portage Take-out

Smithville Dam Portage Take-out

 

This is another of several Smithville Dam Portage Take-out sites along a mowed grass portage trail.

 

 

 

 

 

Smithville Park

Smithville Park

 

Smithville Park has several picnic tables, grills, firepits, and trash barrels, but not water or restrooms.

 

 

 

 

Smithville Park parking lot

Smithville Park parking lot

 

The Smithville Park gravel parking lot has space for about 4 vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

Smithville Park Put-in

Smithville Park Put-in

 

Looking downstream from the Smithville Park Put-in.  The Smithville Road bridge is in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

Grand River

Grand River

 

The Grand River looking downstream from the Smithville Road bridge.

 

 

 

 

Smithville Dam

Smithville Dam

 

The Smithville Dam from the Smithville Road bridge.