Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lake Associations Oakland Genesee

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Bennett Lake Association and Lobdell Lake: ( Hoisington & Woodland Lakes )
For general information about the Association, please mail;
Lobdell - Bennett Lake Association
P.O. Box 152
Linden, MI 48451

Cranberry Creek Association:
Robert Rechul
7049 Raspberry Ct.
Fenton, Michigan 48430

Faussett Lake Association:
Nancy Gregory
4300 Faussett Lake Rd.
Howell, MI 48855

Hidden Lake Association:
8719 Hidden Lake Rd.
Howell, MI 48855
Phyllis Grannan, Secretary

Indian Lake Association
Dan Prince (DNR)
2400 Laurel Oak Dr #128
Howell, MI 48855

Katrine Hills Lake Association:
[Bennett Lake Channel]
Denise Booher
11245 Katrine Drive
Fenton, Michigan 48430
cell: 810-240-9252

Lake Shannon Association:
Maria Hughes-VP
7428 Parkwood Dr.
Fenton, MI 48430

Ryan Lake Association:
Dan Green
11459 Koth Dr
Linden, Michigan 48451

Lake Farm H. O. Association(Bennett Lake)
Attn: Jeanine Hunt
7233 Bennett Lake Rd.
Fenton, MI 48430


Hartland Shores Estates-Long Lake Assoc.
Robert Wesley
1123 Long Lake Dr
Brighton, MI 48114

Parshallville Mill Pond Assoc.
P.O. Box 681
Parshallville, MI 48430
FAX 810-632-6311
Mike Bokcer
6142 Linden Rd.
Fenton, MI 48430

Pleasant Valley Estates/Bitten Lake Assoc.
Steve Single
30 W. Peterson
Brighton, MI 48114


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Average AIR temperatures in Fenton Michigan

Soon the connecting ponds and lakes will be free of ice - enabling paddling.

The water temps will still be bone chilling without proper clothing the next few weeks
-take the appropriate precautions and if you don't know what they are, stay home.

Spring snow melt and rain can cause very swift current on the Shiawassee River

{ click on the chart below for a better view }

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pictures of Shiatown Dam

Panoramio photos illustrate places, many of which show in the Google Earth layer.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Paddlesports at the forefront of recreation in Michigan

State of Michigan Recreation Role

    Recreation responsibilities in Southeastern Michigan :

    1) development of a state-wide recreation plan.
    2) provision of large-scale recreation to serve the inter-county recreation needs of people.
    3) acquisition and management of natural lands.
    4) protection of natural resource areas and wildlife for conservation purposes.
    5) assistance to lower levels of government for development of recreation.

   Recreation includes paddlesports – canoe and kayaking.

   Paddlesports should come before motorboat fishing activities :
   - more accessible and desirable to the general everyday public.
   - kayaks and canoes cost far less than powerboats and don’t pollute the environment.
   - paddlesports provide much needed exercise, reduces stress levels, and is quiet.
   - launching a kayak or canoe can be easily done without highly expensive concrete trailer ramps
   - paddlesports adds to the economy via ecotourism , many travel quite far to paddle scenic areas.

 Waterways and scenic areas are very valuable as public recreational areas.
 Water is a shared resource that interconnects communities.
 It enhances the tourism industry and increase the quality of life for all .

    A navigable stream / creek / river is just as important as a walking / hiking / jogging / running / bicycle trail.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Log Jam at Shiatown Dam

Photo taken Aug 7, 2010 by Jasmin at Big Country Photographics as seen on the DeviantArt webpage

This woody debris has been here soooo long - green grass has begun to grow upon the log jam

Shiatown Dam badly needs maintenance as the spring ice jams put pressure on the crumbling concrete

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Shiatown Dam to be removed

State making plans to remove Shiatown dam

An article published in the Sunday February 13, 2011 Argus Press confirms the removal of the Shiatown Dam.

The Michigan Land Bank, which owns the dam, has announced plans to take it down.

“We are in the process of coming up with a plan and searching for funding to remove it,”
said Jeffrey Huntington, a property analyst at the Land Bank.
“Dam ownership is really not what the Land Bank does.
We don’t have the funds to sustain the dam for a long time.”

The Shiatown Dam in Durand, Michigan will soon disappear, be demolished, and removed
allowing the Shiawassee River to run freely once again.


Friday, February 11, 2011

2000 people show up to Shiawassee River Races

Way back in 1963 , approximately 2,000 people watched the
8th Annual, Durand Sportsman Association,  boat races on the Shiawassee River  
The 18 mile race started down in Byron,MI and ended at the Shiatown Dam in Durand, MI

The Shiawassee River can be brought back to a navigable level for all of Michigan to enjoy !
It is not outside the realm of possibility - Myself and a few others have paddled 40 miles in 1 day.

Canoe and Kayak races on the Shiawassee River can rival those of the Ausable and Grand River

The Shiawassee River in the vicinity of Byron,Michigan needs a concentrated effort
to remove deadfall trees using chainsaws this summer to make the river navigable. 


Thursday, February 10, 2011

1873 Shiawassee Town map

Info taken from Page 6 in the Argus Press August 19, 1982,3985750&dq=shiawassee+town&hl=en

The location of the Grist Mill, Paper Mill and Saw Mill can be see on the map near the dam site

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Fiscal respect in Paddling sports versus fishing ?

Does paddlesports get the same fiscal respect as fishing in Michigan ?
What is the $ dollar value of Paddlesports to the Michigan economy versus the fishing industry ?

Canoes and Kayaks dominate boating throughout the USA

Out of all the possible boat types available to the public at large
(16 years or older) over 20 % of them choose to use a kayak or canoe.

Paddlesports provides revenue to the economy via purchases in local communities for lodging, restaurants, supplies, gasoline, shopping, etc.


Paddlesports recreation and dam removal

Dam removal  often  puts fishing concerns above those of the paddlesports industry and recreation.

Based on extended analysis of data collected for the Outdoor Recreation Participation Report using
the responses of over 40,000 Americans ages six and older - paddlesports is rapidly growing in the USA

17.8 million Americans ages 6 and older participate in kayaking, canoeing, and rafting

Kayaking has enjoyed steady growth in spite of the economic slump growing 3% each year.

The survey is the largest of its type examining participation in sports and outdoor activities.

Paddlers bring extensive revenue to communities via purchases for lodging, gasoline, restaurants, etc., etc.

Obstacles to fish ARE OFTEN obstacles to Paddlesports also - and our voice is powerful in $$$$  !

Friends of the Shiawassee River Annual Meeting: February 24 2011

The Friends of the Shiawassee River  Annual Meeting

- Thursday, February 24 · [ 7:00pm - 10:00pm ]
-  First United Methodist Church
- 1500 North Water St
-  Owosso, Michigan

Owosso Assistant City Manager Adam Zettel will discuss how to best integrate the Shiawassee River, which was identified by City Council as a proirity in 2011 in city planning efforts. All members of the organization are encouraged to attend,... as well as local and regional planning representatives and members of the community.

A suggested $5 donation is recommended and light refreshments will be provided.
Zettel will introduce the topic of “Integrating the Shiawassee River into Planning Efforts.” 

The event will be an open dialogue for members and the community to discuss assets of the River and potential for protection and development. 

“The Shiawassee River is a special place for the community. It helped establish and foster the growth of Owosso and other unique places and we hope to see it featured as an important piece of community development efforts,” said Heidi Frei, Director of the Friends of the Shiawassee River. 

The Friends will also elect new officers and recognize volunteers and local businesses for their assistance with the organizations conservations efforts. RSVP is not required, but encouraged.

For more information, please contact Jen McMillon at jmcmillon@ShiawasseeRiver

The Friends of the Shiawassee River are an all volunteer organization committed to improving the environment, promoting responsible use of, and enhancing the appreciation of the Shiawassee River throughout its watershed. 

For more information visit Friends of the Shiawassee River at


Aging dam crisis in Michigan

Dam removal in Michigan needs to be streamlined and fast tracked by a think tank of professionals which most definitely include paddling aficionados, paddlesports retailers, and the ACA - American Canoe Association. Michigan has an enormous amount of creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, channels and lakes; all of which need attention.

Aging Dam Crisis in Michigan


Friday, February 04, 2011

Shiatown Dam in Durand, Michigan 48429

Spoke to the USA postal office and the Shiatown Dam is definitely in Durand, MI zip code 48429
The nearest major crossroads intersection is the corner of Bancroft Road and Bennington Road in Durand, MI
Shiatown Dam

Shiatown Dam is in Durand, Michigan 48429  -- click on image for enlarged, detailed view

Verified via :
USA Post Office
211 North Oak Street, 
Durand, Michigan 48429
(989) 288-3876

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Aerial View Shiatown Dam

Lat=42.929668 Lon=-84.072257

Click on pictures for a larger, more detailed view