Burchard Park – North Lansing Dam


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Nearest Road(s): Center Street
Side: Right
Parking: 80+ paved
Distance to River: 450-700’ upstream; 175-400’ downstream
Launch Type: Dock upstream; beach downstream
Restrooms: No
Drinking Water: No
Picnic Tables: 2
Refuse Disposal: Barrels
Fee for Use: No
Comments: Mandatory 700′ portage at dam (fish ladder); Rocky put-in downstream. Businesses nearby.

Fish in this area:

  • Bluegill/Pumpkinseed Sunfish
  • Bullhead
  • Carp
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Rock Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Steelhead/Salmon Runs
  • Suckers
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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Burchard Park - North Lansing Dam

Burchard Park take-out above North Lansing Dam

 

Approaching Burchard Park from upstream.  This is a mandatory portage on river right.  This is the portage take-out.

 

 

 

 

Burchard Park - North Lansing Dam

Burchard Park Portage Take-out.

 

Burchard Park take-out near the Brenke Fish Ladder.

 

 

 

 

Burchard Park - North Lansing Dam

Burchard Park Take-out

 

If you are in a boat and see the take-out from this perspective, you are in trouble.  You are about to go over the dam.

 

 

 

 

North Lansing Dam

North Lansing Dam

 

You do not want to go over this dam under any circumstances.  Very dangerous.  Take-out on river right (East bank).

 

 

 

 

North Lansing Dam

North Lansing Dam

 

View of the North Lansing Dam from the East bank.

 

 

 

 

Brenke Fish Ladder

Brenke Fish Ladder

 

Steelhead Salmon can sometimes be seen jumping from pool to pool to get past the dam.

 

 

 

 

Brenke Fish Ladder Plaque

Brenke Fish Ladder Plaque

 

The Brenke Fish Ladder is the 6th in a series of fish ladders on the Grand River to allow trout and salmon to migrate 184 miles from Lake Michigan to spawn.

 

 

 

 

Burchard Park Portage Trail

Burchard Park Portage Trail

 

Burchard Park Portage Trail.

 

 

 

 

Grand River Access

Grand River Access

 

The put-in is just down these stairs.

 

 

 

 

Rocky Put-in

Rocky Put-in

 

The rocky put-in is down the stairs.

 

 

 

 

Burchard Park Put-in

Launch site downstream of North Lansing Dam

 

The red color of the water and the rocks is from the iron coming out of solution from the groundwater entering the river from a nearby storm sewer.

 

 

 

 

 

Storm Sewer

Storm sewer next to the put-in

 

The Storm Sewer next to the put-in point.

 

 

 

 

Burchard Park - North Lansing Dam

Observation dock near the put-in point

 

Grand River viewing area near the put-in point.

 

 

 

 

 

Lansing River Trail

Lansing River Trail

 

The portage is along the Lansing River Trail which continues downstream from to launch point.