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Big Rapids is located in Mecosta County, approximately 45 minutes North of Grand Rapids. It is the largest city in Mecosta County, with an estimated population of approximately 12,000 year round residents. Big Rapids is home to Ferris State University.

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Our Big Rapids team of professionals provides real estate services throughout Big Rapids and the greater West Central Michigan area. All of our dedicated real estate agents have knowledge of the local communities and can easily find the home that's right for you!

In today's Real Estate marketplace, it's important to have assurance that your Real Estate agents have the skills and tools to help you buy or sell.  We are a part of the Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies and offer you cutting edge technology, and unparalleled marketing to help sell your home.  The Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies markets your property on over 350 real estate websites to reach the maximum number of potential buyers.  Our digital homes magazine is distributed to 100,000+ potential buyers, and can be viewed at


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Things to do

If you are an avid outdoor enthusiast, then look no further than The Big Rapids area!  We offers many ways to get back to nature, with miles of trails to roam on, some of the most beautiful golf courses to play on, and the winding Muskegon River for canoeing, tubing and fishing.  Come and join in on the fun in Big Rapids!

Big Rapids Riverwalk

Conveniently located in the center of Big Rapids, Michigan you’ll discover one of the area’s most loved features, Riverwalk. A 2.64 miles stretch of nature at its finest.

The pathway is completely accessible to all as it roles gently along the majestic Muskegon River. Starting at historic downtown Big Rapids, Riverwalk winds its way to Northend Riverside Park. Riverwalk offers several connections to the White Pine Trail, part of Michigan “Rails to Trails” system that runs from Comstock Park to Cadillac.

Riverwalk is an award winning, multifunctional pathway giving access to fishing platforms, benches, bike racks and picnic areas on either side of the 250 foot wooden bridge that spans the Muskegon River.

The Muskegon River offers many recreational opportunities! For those who love canoeing, tubing, fishing or just enjoy the splendor of getting back to nature, this is definitely the place for you.

So, take a morning jog in spring, view the scenery while biking in the summer, enjoy a colorful walk in the fall or cross-country ski in the winter.

White Pine Rails to Trails

The White Pine Trail is a 93 mile rail trail than runs from Grand Rapids to Cadillac, Michigan. The trail follows the former path of the Penn Central Railroad. The White Pine Rail Trail is the longest rail trail in Michigan and one of the longest rail trails in the country. Even the White Pine Trail is extremely long, there is good access to lodging, food and supplies along its entire route.

The trail surface is crushed stone and gravel for most of its length. However, there are three paved sections

  • Grand Rapids to Cedar Springs - 13 miles
  • Big Rapids to Reed City - 13 miles
  • Cadillac - 1 mile

Sawmill Canoe and Livery

We are the Tubing Capital of Michigan!

Hop in and have fun on the famous Muskegon River!

Have an adventure on Michigan’s 2nd longest river.  Stop by and enjoy a tube, canoe, or kayak on the beautiful Muskegon River when you vacation in Northern Michigan.

Tulleymore Golf Course

Tullymore, The #1 Best New Upscale Public Golf Course in the United States “Golf Digest 2002.” This highly creative design by National Award Winning Architect Jim Engh, has golf holes of great sublety. You can expect the same condition and service that you’ve come to know at the National Award Winning sister course St. Ives Golf Club. Tullymore is sure to challenge every level of golf with its five sets of tees. The breathtaking beauty and challenge encompass imaginative bunkering, colorful wetland, lakes and oak sentinels which will make Tullymore an unforgettable experience.

St. Ives Golf Course

St. Ives golf Club is one of the premier public golf facilities in the country. Golf Digest awarded St. Ives 5 Stars for 2000-2001. Come visit the three time award winning, golf shop, named in Top 100 Golf Shops in America by Golf World Business. St. Ives is one of four courses in America to receive both recognitions, the other three being Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and Kiawah Island. Boasting elevation changes of 40-80 feet throughout the course, the vistas are spectacular on each hole. St. Ives is an honest days golf in a heavenly setting.

Pilgrim's Run Golf Course

Experience one of Michigan’s newest upscale public golf facilities. This magnificent golf course bears the hallmark of premier design and construction, which includes bentgrass fairways, unique green complexes, and four sets of tees. Your journey takes you down rolling fairways through a curtain of tall pines and black oaks to your destination, the undulating bentgrass greens. This is a must play for those players who enjoy the combination of tranquility, natural beauty and golf.

Katke Golf Course

Play one of West Michigan’s premier public golf courses and experience our full service golf operation. Katke is home to the first PGA accredited Professional Golf Management program in the country and boasts 18 championship holes of golf designed over the beautiful rolling hills of Mecosta County. The golf course features many tree-lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers and water hazards, which offer a great test for golfers of all abilities. Sharpen your game by visiting our state-of-the-art practice facility and 3-hole practice course. After your golf experience, relax and enjoy yourself in the Founders Grille Restaurant, featuring a full menu of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers as well as your choice of cocktails or soft drinks. We can accommodate any size golf event.


Big Rapids Public School District

Compromised of a High School, an Alternative High School, a Middle School (Grades 5-8), 2 Elementary Schools (Grades 2-4) and an Early Childhood Development Center (Grades K-1).

All Schools are NCA Accredited.

Every school in the Big Rapids district has met rigorous national standards for quality established by the North Central Association.  Big Rapids continues to be one of a select group of school districts state-wide accreditied in all schools K-12. 

Big Rapids High School Athletics Calendar

St. Peter's Lutheran Church & School - K-8

At St. Peter’s, dedicated and experienced teachers work cooperatively with students and parents to nurture the academic and spiritual growth of the total child. St. Peter’s prepares students in preschool through eighth grade with excellent academic skills and Christian values essential for life.

St. Mary's Catholic Church and School K-8

Since 1983, St. Mary Catholic School has been delivering a quality education with an emphasis on:

  • Providing an effective learning environment
  • Assisting children in developing a Catholic conscience along with an in-depth understanding of the Catholic faith
  • Respecting and nurturing the individuality and dignity of each child
  • Encouraging ongoing communication connecting parent, teacher, and child

Crossroads Charter Academy - K-12

Founded in 1998, Crossroads is a  K-12 Charter School located in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Crossroads Charter Academy Athletics Calendar

Ferris State University

 In 1884, later a Governor and U.S. Senator, Woodbridge N. Ferris established Ferris Institute located in Big Rapids. The Institute has grown and is now a University with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students. The University offers several diversified curriculum in seven separate schools, including the College of Optometry and College of Pharmacy.

Many of the local amenities come from Ferris State University, a college of over 13,000 students, which is located along the southern edge of town. Students, professors and educators bring a dimension to the community which encourages acceptance of newcomers and new ideas. The University, known throughout the nation as a training ground for both academic and trade pursuits, drives much of the economic success which thrives here.

Ferris State University Athletics Calendar



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