The county is planning to build barrier-free canoe and kayak launch docks at Connor Bayou Park in Robinson Township and Grand River Park in Georgetown Township.
“We’re hoping to get these installed in late summer or early fall, and they’re likely taken out for the winter,” County Parks Director John Scholtz said. “They’d be reinstalled next spring.”
The work is a part of a $95,000 project, half of which is being funded by a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, with matching funds coming from the county parks millage. Any additional funding would come from the parks department's general fund.
Scholtz said the new launches will provide a way to enter and exit canoes and kayaks for novice or physically disabled users.
“It would be a paved pathway leading to it, and there would be these universally accessible launches identical to the ones at Eastmanville Bayou,” he said.
The launches will supplement an existing barrier-free launch installed two years ago at Eastmanville Bayou in Allendale Township to provide a network of accessible locations along the Grand River.
“There’s been people that seek out that (Eastmanville) launch because it is so much more convenient and safe,” Scholtz said. “That (installation) would provide a little network and we would implement our big vision."
The big vision is the Ottawa County Grand River Heritage Water Trail. People interested in learning more about canoe and kayak opportunities along the Grand River can find information at the county’s water trail website.
Information about the water trail would also be available at park locations along the river.
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