Participate in GREAT's final 2018 public paddle, Sunday, October 7th on the Grand River: Put-in at Tompkins Rd DNR Boat Launch at the bridge and take-out at Onondaga's Baldwin Park. on S. Onondaga Rd. Map Trip Attributes Arrive no later than 11:30 AM to participate in the shuttle for vehicle placement at the take-out. Call 517 416-4234 or check this web site for event postponement because of weather. Renew your membership or join for 2018: mail form or pay on-line. As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, GREAT dues are normally tax deductible. 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 2016



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 2017 Monitoring Dates
Stream Collection: Saturday, September 29th, 2018, 1-4 PM, Jackson County Conservation Office, 211 W. Ganson, Suite 200, Jackson, MI 49201; RSVP  (517) 395-2089 or; ID Night Portion of Adopt-A-Stream Wednesday, October 3rd 5:30-8:30 PM. at Jackson College. Contact if interested to RSVP. 

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