The KRCRF focuses on the day-to-day maintenance and long-term care of five public access sites to the Kalamazoo River, including Saylor’s Landing, Angler’s Bend, Paddler’s Grove, Ceresco Green, and partial support for Calhoun County’s Historic Bridge Park. Each site provides a unique outdoor experience while offering safe, legal, and perpetual public access to the Kalamazoo River for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing, and other recreational pursuits.

KRCRF board members make several visits to the river access sites each year, offering insights about the use and condition of the sites. The KRCRF appreciates input from residents along the river and the many canoeists and kayakers that use the river. Board members have reported that the original site investments are wearing well, and the ongoing maintenance has resulted in attractive settings that draw many visitors each year.

Upcoming Events

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Special Project Funding

Outside of the foundation’s core purpose of supporting the five river access sites, the KRCRF may grant special project funding to support cooperative and/or unique opportunities that will significantly contribute to the overall goal of enhancing public access to the Kalamazoo River, including stewardship opportunities. These projects advance the foundation’s mission but fall outside of the foundation’s primary funding categories. Email the KRCRF at [email protected] for additional information. Eligible organizations include:

Municipalities, public schools, and governmental or quasigovernmental agencies in Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties

Nonprofit entities organized to improve or enhance the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties

Environmental conservation groups that support local or state efforts

Photo courtesy of Ketchum Park Advisory Committee

Advising

KRCRF board members also serve as pro bono advisors to other projects aligned with the foundation’s mission. For example, several board members worked with the City of Marshall and the Ketchum Park Advisory Committee on activities related to Ketchum Park, including the development of a master plan and phased initiatives.

If you know of a project that would benefit from KRCRF board member consultation, please contact us. Our expertise includes landscape design and architecture, community engagement, public policy, and environmental services, among other areas.