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Grand River in Michigan

by  mtruax

A self-supported trip created by mtruax

Trip Overview

Grand River - Lowell, MI to Lake Michigan @ Grand Haven

Sat, Oct 2, 2010 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Activity Type: Paddling | Event Type: Fitness | Course: --
Average speed 4-3 MPH, max 11mph through downtown Grand Rapids.
NOTE: going through downtown rapids after portage 3rd street fish ladder the first spill over is too much of a drop to avoid a nose dive. Go to far side or west side of River and portage via rocks on shore. Next 3 or 4 spillways were fine to boat over.

Made the trip during ArtPrize and went through downtown Saturday night around 7pm. Had crowds on the bridges cheering me on as I shot the rapids. Had to watch out for several fishing lines on the bridges as well.

45 miles first day and 20 second day.
11am Saturday to about 3pm Sunday
Distance: 65.00 mi
Time: 15:06:58
Avg Pace: 13:57 min/mi
Avg Speed: 4.3 mph


see map and launch point from following link:

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location