Paddling a Canoe or Kayak

Do you want to get out in the water for a relaxing day of paddling a canoe or kayak? Well then you're in luck Jackson Michigan has plenty of opportunities to paddle our rivers or lakes. Rent a kayak from Quiet World Sports at Vandercook Lake or try Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga. Join the Grand River Environmental Action Team (GREAT) on a monthly paddle adventure down one of our river water trails. Or rent a canoe at Twin Pines Canoe Livery and paddle the Kalamazoo River. Before you know it, you’re getting your gentle, relaxing exercise while adding FUN back into your life!


  • 188 Lakes in Jackson County
  • 12 County Parks have Lake Access
  • The Grand River starts in Jackson County
  • At 260 miles, the Grand River is the longest river in the State of Michigan and the second largest watershed.
  • 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 Flora & Fauna of our waterways makes for great bird watching or photographing your animal sightings.
  • The potential in this area for river and lake recreation is enormous!

Rather float along on a Pontoon? Visit Boating in Jackson.

Interested in dropping a line to fish? Check out Fishing in Jackson.

Want to know the best spots for bird watching? Check out out Birding in Jackson.

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