Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New bridge for Cole Park in Chesaning

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shiawassee River Paddle Event on June 3, 2012

Shiawassee River Paddle Event on June 3, 2012

Enter the Race for some competition
OR --  join us for the leisure Pleasure Paddle

Canoes available for rental thru Heavners Livery
Shuttle transport all day long until 6pm

June 3, 2012 - Join hundreds of paddlers for a day of fun

Water Trail Map

WaterWorks Park
602 South Broad St, Holly, MI 48442-1674

Strom Park
299 South East Street, Fenton,MI
near the East Street Bridge.

Start : WaterWorks Park in Holly, Michigan
End : Strom Park in Fenton, Michigan
Distance : 7 scenic miles of twists and turns

Schedule :
10:30 am : On-site registration WaterWorks Park
11:30 am : Introductory Ceremony
11:45 am : Experienced Canoeists Start
12:15 pm : Novice/Youth Canoeists Start
12:45 pm : Kayak/ Single person canoeists Start
***1:15 pm : Leisure/fun paddle Start *****
6:00 pm : Final river sweep completed

Canoes available for rental thru Heavners Livery
Shuttle transport all day long until 6pm

Questions ?
Call Sue Julian, 248-634-3513
or email

Hosted by: Headwaterstrails Inc. , Holly, Michigan

Contact:Doug Lanyk,, 248-634-4551


Monday, March 26, 2012

Normal basin recharge rates

River is open Holly to Fenton for late March 2012

Successful River cleanup, Sunday March 25 - Holly to Fenton

Bruce Allen, Debbie McCarty, Dennis Terry, Greg Schovan and I worked on
the Shiawassee River yesterday. Greg and Dennis went up stream from
Fish Lake Road and cleaned out one small blockage. We then went down
stream as a group and opened the way to Strom Park. There are a few
logs that are overhanging the river but since we could get under them
sitting up in a rowboat, we left them. There will be more falls in the
future as more of the dead ash trees fall into the water but for now it
is clear sailing.
As we were doing the cleanup, we ran into a person
who kayaked down from Holly, named Mike. I don't know his last name but
he stopped and helped us for a while. He told us that there were no
other blockages from Holly to Fish Lake road. Thank you Mike. One of
the neighbors whose name I don't know, said that we could pile the trash
we picked up in front of his house and he would dispose of it. That is
much appreciated. We had one bag of trash and a tire. Many thanks to
our group as well as people who preceded us down the river. The weather
was sunny and warm. The water temperature wasn't bad either. If the
weather stays warm, we may do more cleanups this spring and not wait
till summer.

There were several people fishing on the river with boats that had come
down from Fish Lake Road and we saw people coming up stream from Strom
Park, just enjoying a nice paddle. The guys fishing said that they had
caught and released one good sized pike. We saw no sign of current
beaver activity. It would appear that trappers have caught them all.
There are no beaver dams left, but there is one abandoned beaver lodge
that you can see in the river still. We saw several service berry trees
along the river with hundreds of beautiful white blossoms. It won't be
long before the marsh marigolds and trillium bloom. It is a great time
to get out and enjoy the river.

Chuck Julian

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sunday March 25, 2011 river chainsaw work

Headwaters Trails will be having a cleanup of the Shiawassee River on Sunday March 25, 2011.
Meet in Holly at Waterworks Park, 690 Broad Street, Holly, MI at 9:00 am
and plan to go till 4 pm or whenever we decide that we have had enough.
Wind storm we had a few weeks back dropped a lot of dead ash trees in the river.
 Please join us if you are able to.

We need people with chain saws as well as boats to transport those saws
You are still welcome and encouraged to come along even if you have neither.
Mostly we will be walking the river with the boats to haul tools.
Once the trees are cut, they need to be anchored along the banks .
We will also pick up any trash we are able to.
Wear shoes or boots that you don't mind getting wet.

A hat, gloves and safety glasses are also a good idea.
Currently, the forecast is for partly sunny and 61, so dress warmly.

Chuck Julian will bring a rowboat; two chainsaws; a cooler with drinks; cables, nails
and hammers for anchoring logs; clippers; and a desire to have a good time.

The Fenton Area Paddlers is a group of kayak (and canoe) enthusiasts that paddle regularly
around the Fenton Michigan area, and sometimes take bigger trips.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Shiawassee River on Pinterest

A fresh new way to see the river -  on Pinterest

Shiawassee River


Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Shiawassee River cleanups in 2012

Link to the flyer for 2012 cleanups on Shiawassee River

in Fenton, Linden and Argentine,Michigan


Click on the flyer below for a full size image

Friday, March 02, 2012

2012 Paddling in Shiawassee River area

2012 Paddling Schedule

The Keepers of the Shiawassee released its schedule

of events for this spring, summer and fall seasons.

April 29 – "Welcome Spring" paddle at Holly's Seven Lakes State Park

at 2 p.m. at the boat launch

May 7 – Moonlight Paddle at Linden Millpond,

starts at 6:30 p.m.

May 19 – Headwaters Trails river clean-up from Holly to Fenton.

Starts at 9 a.m. at Holly's Waterworks Park.

Cleanups also scheduled for noon on May 20

at Fenton's Strom Park and 4 p.m. on May 31 at Waterworks Park.

June 3 – Headwaters Trails canoe race at Waterworks Park.

June 4 – Moonlight Paddle at Lobdell Lake's DNR launch

starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Navistar at 7:30 p.m.

June 9 – Curwood Festival paddle in Owosso

June 16 – Linden through Argentine Township river cleanup.

Starts at 8 a.m. at Argentine Township Fire Hall.

June 23 – Fenton to Lake Ponemah river cleanup.

Starts at 7:30 a.m. at Bush Park's Keepers of the Shiawassee launch.

July 2 – Moonlihght Paddle at Linden Mill Pond.

6:30 p.m. dinner at Linden Hotel's Crow's Nest,

with 7:45 p.m. expected launch time.

July 30 – Moonlight Paddle at Lobdell Lake's DNR launch,

starts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11

– Taste of Fenton paddle from Strom Park

Aug. 19 – Flint River Paddlers to Montrose

Aug. 28 – Celebrate the Shiawassee

Sept. 3 – Moonlight Paddle in Linden, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 – Bush Park to Linden for Linden Autumn Festival, at noon

Oct. 1 – Moonlight Paddle at Lobdell Lake, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 – Headwaters Trails Canoeing in Color

For more information, visit Keepers of the Shiawassee

online or email Maggie Yerman at