Fish Ladder

The Brenke Fish Ladder was built in 1981 to help fish swimming up the Grand River pass the dam without injury. It is a peaceful setting on the Grand River in Old Town and a great place to go fishing, walking, or take in the scenes along the Lansing River Trail.


The Turner-Dodge mansion is a National Historic Registered Place in Old Town. This beautifully restored home was built in 1858 by James and Marion Turner, who helped establish the Capital City. It was recently restored to the turn-of-the-19th century period and is maintained by the City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department as a Cultural Heritage Center. It can be booked for tours or special events by visiting


Art is all around us and the Greater Lansing area has so much to offer! Old Town has beautiful artistic murals that highlight what we have to offer as far as events and growth.

River Trail

The Lansing River Trail stretches all the way from Waverly Road to Old Town! Over 20 miles of paved trail pass through numerous parks and natural areas, making the River Trail a fantastic destination for individuals and families alike.

Walking Tour

Let the Old Town arrows be your guide and peruse at your own pace, stopping at all the fabulous shops along the way. A very special thank you goes out to Such Video, Message Makers, Robert Morris, and our own Chad Badgero, for his vocal talents. Walking tour begins at the Brenke Fish Ladder in Burchard Park, just south of Cesar Chavez Plaza (formerly Lot 56)

■    Part 1 (Fish Ladder Hill)

■    Part 2 (Lot 56 Entrance)

■    Part 3 (Corner of Center and Cesar E Chavez Ave.)

■    Part 4 (Bridge)

■    Part 5 (In front of Creole)


Turner Mini Park, Durant Park, Burchard Park, Turner Park