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Bass River Recreation Area

Sky view of Bass River Recreation Area
Sky view of Bass River Recreation Area
Jim Jansen

Bass River Recreation Area, approximately 20 minutes West of Grand Rapids near Coopersville, is home to 6+ miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails that wind through brush and hardwood forest. The area is 1,600 acres and follows three miles of the Grand River’s south bank.

Hikers looking for a reasonable length hike that is easily accessible from the city will find the area especially satisfying, as it is one of the largest wild areas in or around the Grand Rapids area. Those visiting the area during the week are likely to find it empty and reminiscent of the rustic and wild trails of the U.P.

Elevation is limited, but mountain bikers looking for a challenge will find an endless series of banking turns and rollers to test their handling and hikers will find miles of uninterrupted trail with options to take either the mountain bike trail or the equestrian trails which cross periodically throughout the area.

Hunting is allowed during unconventional seasons in the area, so recreationists should be aware of the situation and make proper preparations such as orange colors on clothes or gear.

Parking at Bass River requires a state park permit and a self-registration station is available. The daily cost is $6.00 for Michigan residents and $8.00 for out-of-state residents.

Direction to Bass River Recreation Area

Trail Map

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