The mission of GREAT is to promote the protection and
preservation of the Grand River Watershed through activities and educational
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
Old railroad bridge, on the Grand River at Trestle DNR Park, Dixon Rd .---October 2013
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
DNR Fisheries Division Special
River Assessment (2011)
Upper Grand River Implementation
has been a partner with the Jackson County Conservation District with
grants received from the federal government for the Upper Grand River
Implementation Project, which have recently expired (12/31/12. New sources
of funding are being explored.
Adopt A Stream 2013 Fall Monitoring Dates
Stream Collection: Sunday, September 29th, 1-5 PM Dalhem Nature Center
Bug ID Night: October 14th 6-9 PM, Jackson College
RSVP by 9/21/13: 517 784-2800
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