Coldwater River

Looking upstream on the Coldwater River three weeks after removing the Freeport Dam. (October 2014)

The Coldwater River flows for approximately 20 miles through Barry and Kent counties near Hastings and Freeport, Michigan. It flows into the Thornapple River and is part of the Grand River watershed. Tyler Creek is a significant tributary of the river. Both the Coldwater River and Tyler Creek are designated trout streams and have long been a focus of SWMTU conservation efforts.

Coldwater River Hatch Guide & Public Access

The following images represent two sides of a printable Coldwater River Hatch Guide. It shows some of the common hatches that occur and access points along both Tyler Creek and Coldwater River. Click on each image to view a larger version.

Coldwater River Map and Hatch Guide

Coldwater River Map and Hatch Guide

Reports from the Coldwater River

Coldwater River trout survey

Coldwater River trout survey

Fish were tagged and recorded, including many brown trout in the 12 to 14-inch range.

Meet Your Watershed

This video was produced by the Coldwater River Watershed Council to highlight the problems and opportunities that are present in the Coldwater River.

Dolan Property

SWMTU was a long-time deed holder of what’s commonly called the “Dolan Property” along the Coldwater River near Freeport, Mich. That property is no longer managed by SWMTU. The deed was transferred to the Michigan Nature Association in 2016. Below here are a couple of links we retain for historical purposes only:

Historical Background: Dolan Natural Area

Historical Document: Dolan Property management plan