Grand River cruises with Friends of Ottawa County Parks set for June 24

Ottawa County Parks and Friends of Ottawa County Parks are offering a riverboat trip on the Grand River on Friday, June 24. The fifth annual Grand River Greenway Excursion aboard the Grand Lady will include a lineup of resource specialists to entertain and inform participants about the greenway's wildlife, natural resources preservation, geology and history. A number of county parks and open space lands will also be viewed from the boat as parks staff reviews the Grand River greenway project.
May 28, 2011


The Grand Lady is constructed in the style of the steamboats that served the communities along the Grand River during the 1800s. Although it is a modern vessel, it has many of the characteristics which made the early steam-powered riverboats so successful.  

One of the main features of early riverboats was a giant paddlewheel. The Grand Lady has two identical stern paddlewheels that can be operated independently. This allows the Grand Lady to be easily maneuvered in the narrow channels and sandbars of the river.  

The lower deck, main cabin and restrooms are fully handicapped accessible; and ramps are provided for boarding and debarking.

The cost for this year’s trip is $25 per person, which includes one-way bus transportation to or from the Grand Lady dock in Grandville. 

There are two trips. Morning cruise participants will depart from the dock on the Grand Lady at 10 a.m., arrive at Riverside Park at 12:30 p.m., and return to the dock via bus about 1 p.m. Afternoon cruise participants will meet at the dock in Grandville at noon, travel via bus to Riverside Park, and return to the dock aboard the Grand Lady about 4 p.m. 

The afternoon trip is longer due to traveling against the current. Food and beverages will be available for purchase aboard the Grand Lady.



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