Fish Ladder Park (located at 560 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI) is a functional piece of architectural artwork designed by artist Joseph Kinnebrew in 1975. Its practical use is to allow migrating fish to find a way around the powerful water flow from the Grand River at the Sixth Street Dam.
Thanks to the design of the superstructure surrounding the ladder, visitors can easily watch fish climb the ladder.
Chinook and Coho salmon migrate in the fall, typically between early September and late October. Steelhead, on the other hand, show up from early November to mid December with the majority of the Steelhead run between mid February and late April.
Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, steelhead, and brown trout primarily use the fish ladder. Occasionally, suckers, walleye, and smallmouth bass will also travel up the ladder.
The park is located at 560 Front Ave. NW. There is free parking on-site. You can also use the Grand River Edges Trail West to walk to the park.