Nearest Road(s): Bridge St & John St
Parking: 30 gravel
Distance to River: 250-400’
Launch Type: Up – bank; Down – beach
Drinking Water: No
Picnic Tables: 0
Refuse Disposal: Barrels
Fee for Use: No
Comments: Mandatory 350′ portage; Dangerous take out! No warning rope/floats! Take-out very close to sill of dam. (fish ladder)
Put-in upstream of Bridge St is rocky; Put-in downstream of Bridge St is gravel.
Fish in this area:
- Bluegill/Pumpkinseed Sunfish
- Channel Catfish
- Flathead Catfish
- Largemouth Bass
- Northern Pike
- Rock Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Steelhead/Salmon Runs
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Lyons Dam Take-out is close to the sill of the dam, so caution is necessary. Stay close to the right bank upon approach to ensure you do not miss the take-out. The Tabor Street Public Launch Site is a much safer access point for exiting the river. There is no portage path from Tabor.
Lyons Dam Access is located on John Street about 300 feet south of Bridge Street in the Village of Lyons.
The gravel parking lot at Lyons Dam Access has space for approximately 30 vehicles.
The take-out is rocky and gravelly. Bridge Street Bridge can be seen downstream in the background. The dam cannot be seen from upstream, but is much closer than the bridge.
The take-out can be difficult to negotiate.
There are no warning rope/floats! Do not paddle past the take-out point and do not approach the sill of the dam.
Plans are being made for the removal of the dam. If the plans proceed this area may be a construction site or a rapids.
If continuing downstream, the portage trail starts out fine.
The Lyons Dam Portage Trail narrows to bridge over the old mill race. This may be difficult to negotiate with canoe and gear. This may necessitate a much longer portage: John St, to Bridge St, to Prairie St., to Water St, where an unnamed access road proceeds west to the river north of Bridge Street.
The Lyons Dam Portage Trail goes past the Fish Ladder. This is one of 6 fish ladders in a series on the Grand River to allow trout and salmon to migrate 184 miles from Lake Michigan to spawn.
The Lyons Dam Portage Trail terminates below the dam with a wooden staircase.
Lyons Dam Access downstream of the dam is rocky.
A little further downstream (under Bridge Street Bridge) there is a sandy/gravelly put-in point.
The Grand River downstream of the bridge in Lyons.
The Lyons Dam as seen from the Bridge Street Bridge.