Nearest Road(s): Center Street
Parking: 80+ paved
Distance to River: 450-700’ upstream; 175-400’ downstream
Launch Type: Dock upstream; beach downstream
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
- Channel Catfish
- Largemouth Bass
- Northern Pike
- Rock Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Steelhead/Salmon Runs
- Yellow Perch
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Approaching Burchard Park from upstream. This is a mandatory portage on river right. This is the portage take-out.
Burchard Park take-out near the Brenke Fish Ladder.
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.
You do not want to go over this dam under any circumstances. Very dangerous. Take-out on river right (East bank).
View of the North Lansing Dam from the East bank.
Steelhead Salmon can sometimes be seen jumping from pool to pool to get past the dam.
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.
The put-in is just down these stairs.
The rocky put-in is down the stairs.
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.
The Storm Sewer next to the put-in point.
Grand River viewing area near the put-in point.
The portage is along the Lansing River Trail which continues downstream from to launch point.