Developer Eyes Dredging River to Aid RV Park Plan
A real estate firm is dredging up an old idea to make a riverfront campground in Grand Rapids, Mich., more marketable, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
Dan Hibma is talking to local, Kent County and state officials about dredging a 17-mile section of the Grand River so larger boats can venture east from Grand Haven on Lake Michigan to 28th Street on the west side of metro Grand Rapids. He said Land & Co. wants to develop a seasonal campground on about 200 acres with a mile of riverfront property near the M-11 bridge in Walker, a Grand Rapids suburb.
"One potential customer said he would buy two (lots) if he could get his boat up here," Hibma wrote to two city officials. "Of course, that got me thinking about access to Lake Michigan. A navigable Grand River waterway for recreation would be a huge deal for West Michigan. It would attract investment, visitors and other recreational activities."
Based on a 1970s study, dredging 400,000 cubic yards would create a uniform river depth of 5 feet, Hibma said.