Monday, September 26, 2011

Shiawassee River fall color celebration October 1, 2011

Celebrate the Shiawassee 2:00pm – 6:00pm in Fenton,MI at Bush Park
Try out a variety of kayaks from Summit Sports in Brighton
Free refreshments
  • hot dogs provided by Fenton Rotary
  • bottled water from Douglas Water Conditioning
  • additional refreshments from VG’s
Musical entertainment 
Kids’ activities
  • scavenger hunt
  • games
  • fishing instruction by Izaak Walton League volunteers
  • casting target practice
Dedication of Keepers of the Shiawassee and Rotary launches 4:00pm
Demos and instruction 
·       basic kayak skills 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm  & 5:15pm
·       geocaching  2:45pm, 3:45pm, &  4:45pm
·       See how to load a kayak on a vehicle.
Headwaters Trails 7th annual Canoeing in Color
October 1-- launch time between 1:00pm -- 2:00pm
Waterworks Park, Broad St. Holly
****_____Bush Park is less than a mile "after the dam" from Strom Park _____******
If you have your own kayak or canoe:
  • arrive at Waterworks Park in Holly between noon and 1:00
  • drop off your boat and gear and purchase shuttle ticket @ $5 per vehicle
  • drive to Bush Park in Fenton entering from Lincoln St .(between the car wash and gas station on Silver Lake Rd. )
  • park your car and take the shuttle back to Holly
  • enjoy your paddle down the Shiawassee, portaging the dam in Fenton
    • you will have help getting out above and reentering below the dam
  • arrive at Bush Park where there will be free refreshments, music, etc.
  • if you do not want to portage the dam you may park your car at the city lot by the dam and catch the shuttle back
If you are renting a canoe or kayak from Heavner please call  
248-685-2379 to reserve your boat before October 1.
  • arrive at Waterworks Park in Holly between noon and 1:00
  • pay for your boat through Heavner and they will set it aside
  • drive to Strom Park in Fenton
  • park your car and take the shuttle back to Holly, shuttle fee included in rental
    • if there are no spaces left at Strom Park you can park in the lot near the dam and catch the shuttle
  • enjoy your paddle down the Shiawassee, getting out at Strom Park and returning your boat to Heavener’s
  • drive to Bush Park where there will be free refreshments, music, etc

Fall color tour scheduled along the Shiawassee River in Holly, Fenton |

Fall color tour scheduled along the Shiawassee River in Holly, Fenton |

Monday, September 12, 2011

October 1, 2011 Fall Color Tour Shiawassee River


Latest UPDATES :

Saturday October 1 2011 Headwaters Trails and NOHLC will be sponsoring
our annual fall paddle down the Shiawassee. Come with us and enjoy the
fall colors while the water is still warm(ish). The paddle will be from
Waterworks Park in Holly, to Strom and or Bush Park in Fenton.

12 Noon until 1:00 we will be spotting participants vehicles at Bush
Park, giving people a ride back to their boats in Holly.
1:00 until 2:00 we all will be launching to go to Fenton.

Canoe Rentals will be available from Heavners Canoe Rental. Please
reserve one ahead of time at 248-685-2379.

Return rides will be available at the end from Strom Park. Those
continuing to Bush park can join the Be Closer to the Shiawassee

2:00 until 6:00 Celebrate the Shiawassee sponsored by Headwaters Trails.
Fenton Rotary, SPLR, and Keepers of the Shiawassee. There will be food,
family activities, Kayak Demos, Geo-caching, and much more. Loads of fun
for the whole family.

We can use volunteers for setup, tear.down, manning booths, and helping
with demonstrations, e.g. How to dress for paddling, geocaching...
Headwaters Trails Inc on Facebook.

Preliminary info

Saturday, October 1 -Headwaters Trails 7th annual Fall Color Tour on the Shiawassee River
with departure from Holly's Waterworks Park between 1:00 & 2:00.

Never paddled the Shiawassee in Oakland and Genesee County ???? ---- C'mon out and join us !
This year participants with their own boats will have the choice of stopping at Strom Park in Fenton or continuing on to Bush Park .

We will have people by the Fenton dam to help you safely portage around it for the final leg of your journey.

**** ___Paddlers renting from Heavner’s will still exit at Strom Park to get a ride back to their cars in Holly. ____***

Registration forms and more info will soon be updated at
The tour is continuing to Bush Park for the first annual Celebrate the Shiawassee Festival.

This event is sponsored by Fenton Rotary, SLPR, Headwaters Trails and Keepers of the Shiawassee.

 The festival is from 2:00 to 6:00 and is open to the public.

Fenton Rotary will provide free hot dogs, SLPR will have entertainment and a variety of family activities.

Keepers of the Shiawassee/ Headwaters Trails will have an information tent and a display of the work their volunteers have done.

The non-paddling public can learn about kayaking and try out a kayak from Summit Sports at their free kayak demo;
going from the Keepers launch to the Rotary launch.

 Look for updates ---
Keepers of the Shiawassee facebook


Thursday, September 08, 2011

River monitoring cuts could stop crucial data flow to river regulators / Michigan River News

A bad sign for conservation and ecology efforts :

River monitoring cuts could stop crucial data flow to river regulators / Michigan River News

This truly bites for paddlesports in Michigan - if anything more data is desired !


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Holly, Michigan is a Playful City USA top pick

Holly, Michigan selected by the KaBOOM! organization 
as a Playful City USA for 2011 ! 

A most prestigious designation granted to only 150 communities nationwide
and Holly is the first of two communities in Michigan to be a Playful City USA .

KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to children's outdoor play
and designated the Holly community as one of the best for offering
children access to vital play space.

 I have no doubt that paddlesports via canoe and kayak on the Shiawassee River 
contributed a great deal to getting Holly, Michigan selected in 2011.
The ability for families to share outdoor time together on the water paddling 
the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail is a precious resource.

The Holly Outdoor Recreation Coalition
submitted an application to KaBOOM!, where it had to lay out
an action plan to improve the area’s parks.
The coalition is a non-profit organization that promotes
outdoor recreation, health, conservation of natural resources
and small-town community building in Northwest Oakland County.