It is a common misconception that the goal of this project is to create a whitewater park only for kayakers. Our plan is for a holistic rapid restoration and river revitalization project aimed at returning the historic namesake rapids back to the Grand River. Important opportunities have presented themselves thanks to public input and scientific discovery from sonar and sediment sampling.
Kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and even river surfing, will be some of the many new recreational components of the Grand River Restoration project. The project also aims to improve fishing, maintain or improve rowing upstream, and create safe opportunities for drift boaters, rafters, anglers and the public to recreate in and on the Grand River. This project is expected to provide substantial social, economic and environmental benefits for the West Michigan region.