Coldwater River

Popular as a clear running tranquil trout stream, the Coldwater River only runs just short of 20 miles over its entire length, originating just east of Freeport in Barry County and flowing into the Thornapple River in southeastern Kent County.

Reach C1. Morse Lake Ave to Whitneyville Ave ~ Distance: 4.8 miles 

  • Difficulty Rating: Very difficult
  • Dam Portages: None
  • Opt-outs: None
  • Travel Distance from Grand Rapids: 26 miles
  • Facilities: Launch only (outhouse)
  • Reach C1 Rate: $140 for 1 to 3 paddlers ~ Additional paddlers $25 each ~ 8 paddlers maximum
  • Approximate Paddling Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Please enjoy a short video tour of this experience: Reach C1 Trip

Beginning at the Coldwater River Park and ending near the Thornapple River, this reach of this small beautiful river is sheltered by trees and wildlife throughout its length. This is a twisting and turning challenging stretch. It does not see much traffic and may require portages around downed trees and obstructions. Although short in length, extra time may be needed to conquer its challenges.