83 Grand Rapids Fish Ladder
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Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR
The Sixth Street dam near downtown Grand
Rapids prevents migratory fish such as salmon and
steelhead from moving up and down the Grand River.
However, on the west side of the river, a series of
stair-step concrete pools called a fish ladder has
been constructed to allow these fish to bypass the
dam on their journey upstream toward Lansing. A specially
designed viewing structure allows visitors to see
fish as they pass by. Parking is available adjacent
to the fish ladder and also nearby on the street.
The fish ladder at this site was designed
and built with fish viewing in mind. Visitors can
view several fish species put on quite a show as they
"climb" the ladder by jumping from pool to pool. Large
steelhead may be seen at this site in the spring,
while coho and chinook salmon are best viewed in early
fall. Other species such as carp might be viewed here
any time of year. Carp are very vigorous jumpers that
provide spectacular entertainment.