The following conceptual drawings represent early thinking. Much has changed as we study the river and consult with user groups. The documents have been posted in an effort to show how thinking has evolved. These are not plans, but ideas and may or may not show up in final blue prints.

Conceptual Thinking

Green Grand Rapids

Green Grand Rapids updates the citywide 2002 Master Plan with a focus on the importance of green infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life in maintaining the city’s livability and competitive edge in attracting and retaining residents and businesses. Grand Rapids Whitewater was born of the Green Grand Rapids process.

Grand Rapids Restoration Opportunities and Constraints

Conceptual plan of how the community might enhance the Grand River channel bed and banks to restore the ecological, cultural and recreational functions of the historic rapids.


Resolution Supporting Grand Rapids Whitewater

City of Grand Rapids resolution to acknowledge past accomplishments and support future work of GRWW.

Economic Benefits of the Grand Rapids Whitewater Project

This study focuses on the potential for expanded economic activity related to the restoration of the Grand River in Grand Rapids.

Conceptual Design

These documents show early ideas for the river restoration project. None of these documents are final.

Current Preliminary Plan for River Restoration

Circulation Diagram, Plan View

Circulation Diagram, Plan View Rowers Reach

Circulation Diagram, Plan View Leonard Street Reach

Circulation Diagram, Plan View Bridge Street Reach

Circulation Diagram, Plan View Founders Reach

Representative Section

Preliminary Design, Hydraulic Profiles


Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

1.5-mile stretch of the Grand River immediately north of the 4th street dam. Including river bottom sediment investigation.

Draft Grand River Assessment

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division Special Report. Including geology, hydrology and animals of the Grand River watershed.

Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Strategy

A draft version by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Sea Lamprey Control in the Great Lakes, 2011

Annual report to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Geomorphic History of the Grand River and Grand River Valley: Natural and Anthropomorphic Hydraulic Controls

A study of the Grand River geology. Dams constructed in the late 1800s were built on bedrock exposures which served as natural hydraulic controls. Prior to dam construction, an abrupt change in river gradient at these exposures resulted in the rapids for which Grand Rapids is named.