You are invited to celebrate the installation of two universally accessible kayak and canoe launches within Ottawa County Parks. With the help of a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s Youth and Greatest Needs Funds, Grand River Park and Connor Bayou Park are now each equipped with launches for all ability levels. To celebrate, a community picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 22 at Connor Bayou from 2-6pm. The Friends of the Ottawa County Parks are offering free hot dogs, chips and refreshments following a 4pm ribbon cutting ceremony. Activities begin at 2pm and include paddles on the 28-foot voyager canoe, fishing activities for kids, frog and birding stations, nature walks, kayak demos and music by Dem Two Guys. See the Event Flyer for details of the family friendly day of fun.
A guided two-hour kayak trip exploring nearby Crockery Creek is also being offered through Lakeshore Kayak Rental. Registered paddlers will meet at Connor Bayou at 1pm and be shuttled to the launch with return by water at approximately 4pm to join the festivities in progress. Sign-up by calling Lakeshore Kayak Rental at 616-566-1325. A discounted fee of $25 includes rental and shuttle service. The kayak trip best for ages 16 and older, but all skill levels are welcome.
Connor Bayou is located at 12945 North Cedar Drive, Grand Haven. The entrance is on the gravel portion of North Cedar, just west of 128th Avenue.