The Jordan River is located in the northwestern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The mainstream is 33 miles in length with headwaters in northwestern Antrim County, from whence it flows southwesterly to the center of the county, flowing north by northwesterly through the county and the southern part of Charlevoix County. It empties into the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix at the Village of East Jordan. The river has two major tributaries, the Green River and Deer Creek with numerous minor tributaries to both the mainstream and Deer Creek. The Jordan is one of Michigan's Designated State Natural Rivers. Its upper valley is noted for its wide, scenic, undisturbed corridor. Moreover, the Jordan River Valley is a specially managed scenic area with one of the most popular scenic forest drives in the state following the Upper Jordan River. In addition, the upper river valley has excellent fishing, hiking, hunting and skiing opportunities, with the lower section offering canoeable waters. A portion of the Polar-Equator Hiking Trail follows the river for a few miles and the scenic Jordan River Pathway weaves along and across the river. Furthermore, the upper section of the Jordan offers outstanding brook trout, while the lower part of the river offers seasonal steelhead and brown trout fishing. Not surprisingly, the river is considered a Designated Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream.
The state of Michigan considers the following tributaries flowing into the mainstem vital to the protection of the Jordan: Landslide Cr., Cascade Cr. , Stevens Cr., Green River, Section 7 Cr., Tutstone Cr., Cokirs Cr., Scotts Cr., Suttons Cr., Mill Cr., Martin Cr., Lilak Cr., Gook Cr., Webster Cr., Severance Cr., and Bartholomew Cr.