Fitzgerald Park – Grand Ledge Dam


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Nearest Road(s):    W Jefferson Street
Side:    Left
Parking:    10 gravel
Distance to River:    180-280’ upstream; 150-250’ downstream
Launch Type:    Dock upstream; bank downstream
Restrooms:    No
Drinking Water:    No
Picnic Tables:    0
Refuse Disposal:    No
Fee for Use:    Yes, county
Comments:    Mandatory 350′ portage at dam (fish ladder). Hazardous take-out – close to dam

Fish in this area:

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

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Fitzgerald Park Map

Fitzgerald Park Map

 

Fitzgerald Park is an Eaton County Park and usually requires an entrance fee for vehicles.  A Park Brochure is available here.   From Bridge Street in Grand Ledge take West Jefferson Street almost a mile west to Fitzgerald Park Drive.  Then take Fitzgerald Park Drive north almost a half mile to the end (paying your fee along the way).  The daily motor vehicle entry fee in 2015 was $3 for county residents and $5 for non-residents.

 

 

 

Grand Ledge Dam

Grand Ledge Dam

 

The Grand Ledge Dam is a mandatory portage on river left.  There are no warning buoys, so be sure to stay near the left bank and don’t miss the dock.

 

 

 

 

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access

 

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access is a dock that can be difficult to access from the water.  It is quite close to the sill of the dam so caution is necessary.

 

 

 

 

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access

 

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access looking upstream.

 

 

 

 

 

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access

 

Fitzgerald Park Upstream Access looking upstream.

 

 

 

 

Fitzgerald Park Portage

Fitzgerald Park Portage

 

Fitzgerald Park Portage.  The fish ladder can be seen next to the stairs.

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ledge Dam Fish Ladder

Grand Ledge Dam Fish Ladder

 

Grand Ledge Dam Fish Ladder.

 

 

 

 

Grand Ledge Dam Portage

Grand Ledge Dam Portage

 

Grand Ledge Dam Portage trail as seen from the downstream access point.

 

 

 

 

Grand Ledge Dam Downstream Access Point

Grand Ledge Dam Downstream Access Point

 

Grand Ledge Dam Downstream Access Point.

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ledge Dam Downstream Access Point

Grand Ledge Dam Downstream Access Point

 

Grand Ledge Dam Downstream Access Point, a little further downstream.