GREAT's final paddle of the 2016 season is Sunday, October 9th, 12 Noon, on the Grand River from North State Rd. (adjacent to US 127, Rives Twp.) to Dixon Rd. (DNR Access). Arrive by 11:30 AM to participate in shuttle to place vehicle at take-out. See Trip Attributes and Map for parking and put-in/take-out. Call 517 416-4234 or to reserve boat, for more information, trip status due to weather, or river level. Renew or join for 2016: on-line or mail in. Are you familiar with GREAT logo items available on-line?

GREAT Receives 2015 City of Jackson Appreciation Award !


The mission of GREAT is to promote the protection and preservation of the Grand River Watershed through activities and educational programs.

Founded in 1990, the Grand River Environmental Action Team is a local 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of and restoration of the Upper Grand River Watershed in Jackson County of south central Michigan. Map

GREAT organizes clean-up activities & monthly public canoe outings to create environmental awareness.

Annual Report 2015



Brooklyn Rd. bridge and a 1918 rail bridge span the Grand..

Current readings: Jackson Grand River Cubic Feet Discharge & Depth Gauges
Please note: The depth gauge needs to be under 10.5 feet for kayaks and under 10 feet for canoes to paddle under downtown Jackson railroad trestles. Higher readings also can make the river unsafe in many other locations.

The Upper Grand River Watershed is Special in Several Ways

  • At 260 miles, the Grand River is longest river in the State of Michigan and the second largest watershed.Map
  • The two branches of the Grand River begin at Grand Lake and Center Lake Chain (natural beginnings) in Jackson County and join east of Jackson dropping 467 feet to Grand Haven on Lake Michigan.
  • Headwaters of the Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Raisin Rivers are also close. They all flow west to Lake Michigan, except the Raisin which flows east to Lake Erie.
  • Jackson County sits on one of the largest aquifers in North America.
  • There are over 200 miles of river waterways to paddle and hundreds of small lakes.
  • Some of the largest remaining wetlands in lower Michigan are located in this watershed.
  • The potential in this area for river and lake recreation is enormous.

Adopt A Stream 2016 Monitoring Dates
Stream Collection: Saturday, 10/15/16, 1-4 (1st time volunteers 12:15 PMfor traiing); PM Dalhem Nature Center, 7117 S. Jackson Rd., Jackson. Flyer
RSVP  (517) 395-2089 or

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