Big Rapids

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Located centrally on the west side of Michigan lies Big Rapids, named for one of the biggest rapids on the Muskegon River. The river played a major role in the development of Big Rapids as it was used as a transportation artery moving logs downstream to the mills located in Muskegon during the region's 1850's timber boom. Today, Big Rapids has grown to a population of approximately 10,800 and is the home of Ferris State University, a college of over 13,000 students.

The city boasts 12 parks that offer anything from picnicking, fishing, a band shell, tennis, baseball, soccer, playgrounds, tubing, hikingbiking, volley ball and cross country skiing.

Approximately five miles from Big Rapids is a very scenic little community called Rogers Heights which is located above the dam on the western end of the pond. Rogers Dam is located on the Muskegon River, which is the biggest dam in the county and is the site of the oldest hydro plant still in operation by Consumers Power. The power company maintains a small waterfront park on the southwestern tip of Rogers Pond. There is also a hiking trail below the dam, just before the Old 131 bridge on the North side. In addition to the dam, the White Pine Rails-to-Trails State Park runs through Rogers Heights