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2008 Events

Michigan Center Lake Chain
Dahlem-GREAT Trip

A beautiful fall day gave 49 paddlers a rewarding paddle which winds its way through both big and small lakes connected with quiet channels. Swans, geese and a few ducks were viewed, but very few motor craft. A steady breeze and small waves did not slow down many paddlers as most completed the 7.5 mile trip in less than 3 hours. Dahlem provided a nice cookout which was enjoyed by all.



Lime Lake
"Peddle and Paddle

A record 66 paddlers came to paddle Lime Lake, wade up the cold stream to view beautiful Peppermint Springs, and then follow the stream down to the crystal clear waters of the "Third Lake". Several did the peddle option to bike their way their on the new Falling Waters Trail. Biologist Joe identified the plant species at the spring and pictures and the tours explained the history of the lake created by the cement industry of years ago. The Great Lakes Paddlers of Washtenaw County were the guest of GREAT and a cookout was enjoyed by all.


Downtown Jackson


With a put-in at High Street near Alro Steel and Take-out just below Monroe St., 45 paddlers experienced a trip with the variety of nature and the buildings of downtown Jackson. Many were surprised at the absence of litter and junk along the banks through the urban areas. The higher than average water levels with a nice current on this beautiful day, made this only a two hour paddle.



South Kalamazoo River

A short cloud burst did not stop paddlers from enjoying their beautiful, crystal clear route on the river in the southwest corner of Jackson County. Participants at the take out, enjoyed great homemade sloppy joe sandwiches and other food provided by GREAT at the Twin Pines Campground. Some spent the night here and resumed paddling to Homer the next day.



Huron River

A day of mixed weather with sun, clouds, and some rain, 27 GREAT paddlers traveled to the Huron River to do joint trip with the Great Lakes Paddlers (GLP) to do a nice stretch of the river between Ypsilanti and Metro Airport.

Vandercook Lake to Sharpe Park

On this beautiful day, 43 paddlers did this three hour route which has the variety of two big lakes, a wilderness lake, marsh land, forest, nice residential neighborhoods, and even two sets of dam rapids.


Earth Day

For the second year Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition sponsored this event for outdoor and environmental groups to have displays and events for the public. GREAT had over 200 paddlers use our 16 boats in a three hour period.