2018 GREAT Dates


Special Events:

March 3rd (Saturday) 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
23rd Annual Quiet Water Symposium
MSU Pavilion (4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI 48910) More information at http://quietwatersociety.org

March 21st (Wednesday) 6:30 PM
Annual Dinner and Meeting
Gene Davis and Sons Banquet and Convention Center (3575 Francis Street, Jackson, MI 49203)
Speaker: Doc Fletcher Dinner $15.00 charge; Food 6:30 PM., Meeting begins at 7:00 PM
Attendees must RSVP for food: (517) 416-4234 or grand@great-mi.org by Friday, March 16th at noon.

April 22rd (Sunday) 1:00-4:00 PM
Earth Day (Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition)
Sparks Foundation Park (Cascades) Enjoy the booths and activities of many local outdoor and environmental

September 8th (Saturday) 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Annual Grand River Clean-up
CMS Energy band shell off Cooper St. in Downtown Jackson. Dress to be in or near the river.
Tools lunch provided. (Map)

December 1st (Saturday) 9:00 AM to 12 Noon
Annual Invasive Species Removal
GREAT’s 25.3 Acres at Cardinal Crest and Canary Lane Birdland Subdivision, Blackman Twp., Jackson Co. (Map)

Adopt A Stream Date
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  shikha.singh@macd.org; ID Night Portion of Adopt-A-Stream Wednesday, October 3rd 5:30-8:30 PM. at Jackson College. Contact nicole.vanderploeg@macd.org if interested to RSVP. 

All paddle events are open to the public. To reserve a kayak or canoe (no charge) and to check trip status due to weather status, call GREAT 517 416-4234 or check http://www.great-mi.org. Cancelled trips and clean-up will be rescheduled for the following weekend unless posted on web otherwise. Waivers must be signed at Put-in. A PFD must be worn at all times. Arrive no later than 11:30 AM for car placement shuttle. Trip Procedures and Paddling Tips. Waivers must be signed and given to trip leader at put-in: Adult Form; if under18 yrs., Minor Form (also available at put-in)

Paddle Events (revised 5/18):

April 15th (Sunday) 12 Noon
Grand River (7.0 Mile Trip, 3.5-5 Hours) US 127 (Bridge North of Reed Road) to Vandercook Lake County Park
(Put-in Map) (Take-out Map) (Trip Attributes)

May 20th (Sunday) 12 Noon
River Raisin (5.3 Mile Trip, 2-3.5 Hours) Brooklyn Road (M-50) to Mill Road (Norvell Dam)
(Map) (Trip Attributes)

June 10th (Sunday) 12 Noon
South Branch Kalamazoo River (8.5 Mile Trip, 3-4.5 Hours) Homer (M-60) to Albion Dam (M-99)
(Map) (Trip Attributes)

July 15th (Sunday) 12 Noon
Grand River (5.8 Mile Trip, 2.5-4 Hours) Lions Park (Adams St.) to Maple Grove (DNR Access)
(Map) (Trip Attributes)

August 19th (Sunday) 12 Noon
Paddling Clinic to learn from experts about safety and first aid, paddle techniques, and boat designs. Bring your boat or if needed, use a GREAT or Quiet World Sports boat.
Avenue C, Vandercook Lake, Jackson

October 7th (Sunday) 12 Noon
Grand River (6.1 Mile Trip, 2.5- 4 Hours)
Tompkins Rd. (DNR Site) to Onondaga (Baldwin Pk)
(Map) (Trip Attributes)

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