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Shiawassee River Cleanup

Shiawassee River Cleanups in Preparation for the Adventure Paddle.  We will meet May 18, 2014, 9:00 AM, at WaterWorks Park in Holly to clean the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail.  Considering all of the trees and branches that came down in the ice storm, we will need as many volunteers as possible to go down the river in boats with chain saws to clear all of the debris.  A second cleanup, if needed, is scheduled for June 1, 2014, meeting at 9, in WaterWorks Park. Call Chuck Julian for details and to let him know if you plan to come.  If you do not have a boat, with advance notice, he may be able to arrange one for you.  You do not need to own a chainsaw to participate.  See the Best Practices link on our webpage to learn more about river cleanups.River Cleanup, floating logs after cutting with chainsaw Team work in Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail river cleanup Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail - River Cleanup - removing large tire Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail - River Cleanup - Trimming face slappers

Adventure Paddle 2014 Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail

Adventure Paddle 2014.  The Adventure Paddle will be held on Sunday June 8, 2014.  Come and support the people who keep the river clear and make paddling all summer a possibility.  We ask that people who participate become members if they are not already members.  The registration for the event begins at 10:00 AM, with the first boats launching at 12:00.  At that time, there will be people down stream to help you through the railroad tubes and help you get out at Strom Park.  In the event that you would like to be towed across the Fenton Mill pond, we will have a tow boat ready to help you.  Members may pay a $5.00 fee for return transportation to Strom Park, but otherwise are free.  Non-members will be charged $10.00 to participate in the event.  Return transportation is included in that $10.00.  2014 Registration Form Canoe and Kayak rentals will be available on site.
 Pleasure Paddle - two kayakers approaching mile post 7  Adventure Paddle - three boats near Academy bridge  Man and Boy enjoying the Adventure Paddle  Girl kayaking in Adventure Paddle

Who We Are

Headwaters Trails Inc.

Headwaters Trails is a non-profit 501(c3) group whose mission is to facilitate and promote the cooperation of local governments in Southeast Michigan with specific emphasis on Holly, Rose, Groveland, Springfield, Fenton and Argentine Townships, the Village of Holly, the City of Fenton, and the City of Linden to create new recreational opportunities including the creation of a network of trails for the area residents and visitors.

The Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail is our major accomplishment over the last several years.  For the last several years we have sponsored "The Adventure Paddle", Canoe races and Pleasure paddles in June and "Canoeing in Color" a Color Paddle in October.  The trail starts in Holly and goes to Byron.  The Keepers of the Shiawassee have joined us as have the Friends of the Shiawassee and the river is now open for canoers and kayakers from Holly to Saginaw, except for the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, where portages are necessary because of regulations against removing trees from the waterway in the Refuge.  Several volunteers paddle the river regularly and help remove downed trees and trash.  We are always looking for additional volunteers to help keep the river open and free of trash.

Headwaters Trails has also helped promote equestrian activities in the Northwest corner of Oakland County.  They co-sponsored with Rose Oaks Equine Adventurers several "Ride the Rose" events which acquainted the equestrians with trails opened for horses in Rose Oaks County Parks.  They are also working with Oakland County on a connection from Highland Oaks up to Rose Oaks, including working to open, the unmaintained, Water Road as a trail.


  • Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, 7 pm, at the Holly Village Council Chambers.  Anyone interested in trails or trail maintenance is welcome.
  • River cleanups are held from May to September with others added if the weather is good.  Volunteers are always welcome.  You need to provide us with a phone number or an email address if you wish to be contacted for these events.  It is not necessary to own a chain saw or a boat to participate.  We generally try to eat at someone's house afterward and enjoy each other's company in a non-work setting.
  • The Adventure Paddle is held the first Sunday in June.  This consists of Races for Canoes and Kayaks followed by a Pleasure Paddle for people not inclined to race.  You may attend the event as a participant or volunteer to help with the organization of the event.
  • Canoeing in Color is a fall adventure paddling the Shiawassee to see the color changes.  It is held the first Saturday in October and is a last paddle of the warmer weather for most people.
  • Owl Walks are typically held in late January or early February.  We move the location from place to place each year so as to experience the wonders of different trails while looking for owls.  These events are usually pot luck and intended as social events to get to know other people interested in trails better.

Contact Info

Headwaters Trails Inc.                                 

P.O. Box 33

Holly, MI 48442-0033

President: Sue Julian                   248-634-3513

Vice President: Rex Mathewson  

Treasurer: Jolyn Vita

Secretary: Chuck Julian              248-634-3513         headwaterstrailsinc@gmail.com


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