Lyons Dam


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Nearest Road(s): Bridge St & John St
Side: Right
Parking: 30 gravel
Distance to River: 250-400’
Launch Type: Up – bank; Down – beach
Restrooms: Primitive
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
  • Bullhead
  • Carp
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Rock Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Steelhead/Salmon Runs
  • Suckers
  • Walleye

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Lyons Dam Take-out

Lyons Dam Take-out

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

Lyons Dam Access

 

Lyons Dam Access is located on John Street about 300 feet south of Bridge Street in the Village of Lyons.

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Access Parking

Lyons Dam Access Parking

 

The gravel parking lot at Lyons Dam Access has space for approximately 30 vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Access

Lyons Dam Access

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Access

Lyons Dam Access

 

The take-out can be difficult to negotiate.

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam

Lyons Dam

 

There are no warning rope/floats!  Do not paddle past the take-out point and do not approach the sill of the dam.

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam

Lyons 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.

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Portage Trail

Lyons Dam Portage Trail

 

If continuing downstream, the portage trail starts out fine.

 

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Portage Trail

Lyons Dam Portage Trail

 

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.

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Fish Ladder

Lyons Dam Fish Ladder

 

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

The Lyons Dam Portage Trail

 

The Lyons Dam Portage Trail terminates below the dam with a wooden staircase.

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Access

Lyons Dam Access

 

Lyons Dam Access downstream of the dam is rocky.

 

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam Access

Lyons Dam Access

 

A little further downstream (under Bridge Street Bridge) there is a sandy/gravelly put-in point.

 

 

 

 

Grand River

Grand River

 

The Grand River downstream of the bridge in Lyons.

 

 

 

 

Lyons Dam

Lyons Dam

 

The Lyons Dam as seen from the Bridge Street Bridge.