Great River (Jamaica)

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Great River (Jamaica)
Country Jamaica
Main source 1,400 feet (430 m)
18°12′26″N 77°53′01″W / 18.207196°N 77.8835177°W / 18.207196; -77.8835177
River mouth 18°26′58″N 77°59′32″W / 18.449568°N 77.9922867°W / 18.449568; -77.9922867Coordinates: 18°26′58″N 77°59′32″W / 18.449568°N 77.9922867°W / 18.449568; -77.9922867
Physical characteristics
Length 57 miles (92 km)
Mouth ofGreat River is located in Jamaica
Mouth ofGreat River
Mouth of
Great River
The Great River, Jamaica at 1:50,000.

The Great River (Jamaica) is one of Jamaica's major rivers,[1] and forms the boundary of the parish of St James with Westmoreland and Hanover.[2]


The Great River rises at about 1,400 feet (430 m) just north of the small village of Pisgah in the north west corner of St Elizabeth.[2] From here it flows north north east for about 57 miles (92 km) (some sources say 46 miles (74 km)[1]) reaching the Caribbean Sea at Great River Bay on the island's north coast, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) west of Montego Bay.[2]


The Great River is home to the second largest tree in the island,[citation needed] and to crawfish.


The Great River is one of the three most popular for traditional rafting on bamboo rafts.[1] It is also used for tube[3] and zip line[citation needed] craft.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Major Rivers in Jamaica". Kingston, Jamaica: National Library of Jamaica. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica sheet D, 1959.
  3. ^ "Tubing in Jamaica". USA Today. =
  • Ford, Jos C. and Finlay, A.A.C. (1908).The Handbook of Jamaica. Jamaica Government Printing Office

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