Stand Up For Great Lakes

Protecting, Educating and Standing Up for all Great Lakes

What's This


It all started as a dream to cross Lake Michigan. Once that mission was completed, we soon realized the impact we could make on not only the Great Lakes but all rivers, lakes and streams. Our goal is to cross each Great Lake by stand up paddle board while raising funds/ awareness for this amazing natural resource.  We also hope to educate, protect and advocate. We are a non profit charity that would love your support.

But why put in all the effort and energy?

It boils down to three reasons.


The Great Lakes are the


collection of fresh water in the world.

Help Keep the Great Lakes Awesome

Our Generous


Help Keep This Playground


Who's On

The Team

Rich in History. Stunningly Beautiful.


A Vital Watershed

Keep Up With the Latest


Group set to cross Straits with students

In late April, a group of Cherryland Middle School 8th grade students will attempt to cross the Straits of Mackinac by stand-up paddleboard. It all began with Cherryland Middle School’s (Elk Rapids Public Schools) International Baccalaureate 8th Grade Community Project program. Students Gordie Lafontaine and Kadin Patterson were inspired by their science teacher Kwin Morris’ […]

Torch Lake Post 4th Clean-up!

We are one week away from our Torch Lake Clean-Up. We are so humbled by the support of the community. It just shows how much people care about protecting this vital resource. Be at the DNR Boat launch at 9AM July 5th! If you cannot make the clean-up and want to contribute to the team, […]

Crossing Lake Michigan by SUP

There’s lots happening at Stand Up for Great Lakes as we attempt to cross Lake Michigan, from Wisconsin to Michigan, by stand-up paddleboard. Firstly, our team has settled on a target date. We’re going to make the attempt around August 25-26, 2014. Obviously, this will depend entirely on the weather. We’re not paddling across in […]

A Great Team

While paddling for perhaps 20 hours straight across 60 miles of open water is a pretty tough challenge, we’re hopeful that that burden will be lightened by have such a great group of friends making the journey. Our team consists of the following hopefuls:

The Safety Factor

Crossing nearly 60 miles of open water on the Great Lakes is not to be taken lightly. You only need to look at a map marking all the shipwrecks on the Great Lakes to realize how potentially hazardous they can be. Conditions on the lakes can change rapidly, and even well-equipped vessels can quickly find […]

SUP Across Lake Michigan

It began with a love of the water. It will culminate, all going well, with five people successfully crossing Lake Michigan by stand up paddle board. The idea is hardly unique. Anyone standing on the shore of a large body of water wonders for a moment about what it would take to cross it. Whether […]

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