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Grand River in Michigan

Trip Overview

Grand River from Eaton Rapids access point to McNamara Landing south of Holt

It was a beautiful quiet day on the river. The river was wide with very few obstructions. We never had to portage and the river was slow-moving, a great trip for beginners.

There were lots of turtles sunbathing on logs and on the banks. We also saw ducks, geese, and heron. There were only a few houses along the way. The large trees along the banks help to provide shade from the sun.

It took us about 3 1/2 hours leisurely paddling.


Restrooms are available at the laundromat next to Quality Dairy in downtown Eaton Rapids at the put-in launch. Restrooms with toilets & sinks are also available at McNamara Landing at the take-out launch. There is an outhouse at the Bunker Road access point in between if you need a break. (This was very dirty with no toilet paper)




Put-in: behind Quality Dairy on Main St (M-50) downtown Eaton Rapids.

Take-out: Take M-99 N out of Eaton Rapids. Turn right on Columbia Rd. McNamara Landing is on the left just past Waverly Rd.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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