Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Canoe in Color - Oct 3rd, 2009 - 12:00 - NOON

As seen in US Canoe News


Canoe in Color - 12:00 - Noon
--Paddle in canoe/kayak

Chance for people to paddle the Shiawassee River in SouthEastern Michigan
and experience the wonderful fall colors

Start Date - 10/03/2009  - 12:00 - NOON
End Date - Single Day Event

**__Canoes available for rental thru Heavners Livery__**
Shuttle transport available

Questions ?
Call Sue Julian, 248-634-3513 or email sjulian @ Provide dot Net
Call Doug Lanyk 248-634-4551 or email dslanyk @ Comcast dot Net
Call Willi Gutmann 586-215-6387 or e-mail Willi_H2O @ Yahoo dot Com

Location Information
-Shiawassee River - Oakland/Genesee County in Michigan

Type Of Water
-Gentle moving river with plenty of tight twists and turns,
making it fun for novice and experienced paddlers.

Start Location 12:00 NOON

WaterWorks Park - 690 Broad Street
Holly, Michigan
United States

WaterWorks Park in Holly,MI On the old mill pond location with a historic horizontal water wheeel.

Finish Location
Strom Park - 299 S East St
Fenton, Michigan
United States

Fees and Costs- It is FREE - Headwaters Trails is offering 3 great prizes in a raffle drawing on October 3 at WaterWorks Park in Holly, when everyone is invited to turn out for our Fall event Canoeing in Color. Tickets are $5 each (4 for $20). First prize is a beautiful blue Walden Kayak and accessories, valued at $1000. Second prize is a three day stay at a furnished home on the Old Mission Peninsula. And third prize is $100 cash.

HeadWatersTrails Inc.
Contact Sue Julian
Contact Address P.O. Box 33
Holly, Michigan 48442
United States
Phone 248-388-1313
Email sjulian@provide. net

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Discussion Page on Disqus.Com

Trying something new here , setting up a discussion board for the free flow of ideas, topics, concerns, etc.

For starters I listed some launch and take out sites near the Head Waters of the Shiawassee River.

Perhaps you know some more, have a favorite, wish something were different................



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

GPS data analysis Fenton,MI - Linden,MI kayaking trip

( click on images to see in full screen mode )

Map of actual path traveled in kayaks along Shiawassee River

Paddling from Fenton,MI to Linden,MI on Shiawassee River

( Click on the image for a full screen view of the map )

On Tuesday August 11th, 2009 Doug Lanyk and I paddled 9.7 miles on the Shiawassee River
We only portaged ONCE, and that was mandatory at the Linden Dam in downtown Linden, Michigan

The two of us started at the rear of the Fenton Community Center in a small park downstream of the Fenton Dam.
Launch time for Put-IN = 1:00 pm on a beautiful , warm, partly sunny day

We crossed the US 23 Highway approximately 2:19 in the afternoon (nice leisurely pace)

Arrival at the Linden Dam was approximately 3:30 pm
The frothy current enticed us to play in the standing waves for about 30 minutes until 4:00pm

We continued on until the Take-Out at Hogan Road (slightly north of Silver Lake Road) in Linden.
The time was just about 5:10pm as Maggie Yerman picked us up for a short shuttle back to our vehicle.

Total = 9.7 miles
Started paddling at 1:00pm - Ended at 5:10 pm
Moving time = 3 hrs 17 min
Stopped time = 54 minutes (taking pictures, looking around, etc., etc.)
Moving average speed = 2.9 mph ( the river had a good amount of volume due to recent rain storms)

WebShots Photo and Video link
Shiawassee River ( Fenton,MI - Linden,MI )


Google Earth link



Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Stolen Kayaks & Canoes - Don't let them get yours

Economy sucks, people will do anything for a buck --


A little peace of mind while you're away from the car .......

Illustrations and pictures of how it works :

Monday, August 03, 2009

Launch, Put-IN, Take-Out, Access Points, Bail Out Points

Shiawassee River from Fenton to Linden to Argentine

Strom Park, located on Fenton Mill Pond at Elizabeth St, has a boat launch and parking on site. Nice place to paddle when you do not want to spot vehicles. Go up the river towards Holly and you may run into a beaver dam. When you paddle back it is an easy walk to Dibbleville restaurants and stores.

Fenton Community Center on S. Leroy in the center of historic Fenton. Plenty of parking and a short walk to the river. Many city events take place at this location including a Farmers Market from August through mid-September. This section is usually shallower than further downriver.

Bush Park located on N. Leroy St. across from Dewey Automotive. Public restrooms, easy parking. Launch across the bridge at shallow area. You can also enter the park from Adelaide or Lincoln St. and take road to furthest parking in the south-east corner of the park. Launch by the old concrete bridge. It takes an hour plus to paddle to the DNR launch on Lake Ponemah from the Leroy St. bridge. This section is shallow in late July and August. There are sand and gravel bars in the center so stay to the outside of the curves. Volunteers of the most recent cleanup cut narrow paths through the fallen trees so you will need some skill to maneuver through the openings.

DNR launch for Lake Ponemah located on North Rd. You can continue to Linden paddling around the lake, entering Tupper Lake and back on the river. If you paddle the lake clockwise you’ll come to Tee Bonez. You can leave your boats on/near the docks while you enjoy refreshments. This lake is windy and choppy much of the time. Conditions worsen with the jet skis and power boats so be careful and stay close to shore, especially if you have a recreational kayak with a large, open cockpit.

Linden Mill Pond located by the Historic Linden Mill on Tickner St. You can park in the Sharp Funeral Home or library lot. There is a launch on the pond for easy in and out. Paddle up river to the lakes and back to town. Restaurants and unique shops are just a block away. Free concerts are at the gazebo Wednesday evening at 7:00 during the summer. Farmers market downtown during September.

Bridge Street, Launch the river is downhill from the north side parking lot behind the Bridge St. businesses. The water can be fast moving when the dam is open. Lots of twists and turns, some sections are shallow, wetlands area can be choked in weeds late in the season. Short ride (1 – 1 ½ hrs) to Hogan Rd. Longer paddle (3 – 4hrs) to McCasslin Lake Rd.

Hogan Road , Bridge just 1 ½ miles from downtown Linden by road but a hour plus paddle by river. Possible future site of public launch but difficult to get out in and out now. Look out for poison ivy.

McCaslin Lake Road , Final takeout for the Fenton to Linden to Argentine stretch. Parking on either side of the road. Fairly easy in and out. When paddling from Linden stay to the right when approaching Hatt (Shiawassee) Lake. You can continue to Byron but may have to portage over fallen trees.

Call Cheff’s Canoe Rental (989-288-7067).
They maintain the area from Byron to Shiatown near Vernon
Based at Walnut Hills Family Campground 7685 E. Lehring Rd. Durand MI 48429.

Tire removal - Saturday - August 8th, 2009

In Holly, Saturday August 8, 2009, Headwaters Trails will remove tires from the Holly
Millpond from 9 until noon. This is strenuous work. A dozen people will
be needed to work from shore and in boats to lift the old tires from the
mucky bottom and stack them in the dumpster provided by the Village of
Holly. We'll eliminate that source of contamination and encourage
everyone to keep our local waters clean.

Call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513 to volunteer.

If we have enough people, we will also go from the
Community Center in Fenton to US23 to pickup trash and do some brush
trimming. Currently, there is a lot of trash in and around the river
plus some brush and low hanging tree branches that could make the trip
down the river a little more difficult than it needs to be.

email : chuck.julian AT gcs3d.com