Shiawassee River Cleanups in Preparation for the Adventure Paddle.
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
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.
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.
Who We Are
Headwaters Trails Inc.
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.
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.
has also helped promote equestrian activities in the Northwest corner of OaklandCounty.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 OaklandCounty on a connection from
Highland Oaks up to Rose Oaks, including working to open, the unmaintained, Water
Road as a trail.
are held the first Wednesday of each month, , at the Holly Village Council Chambers.Anyone interested in trails or trail
maintenance is welcome.
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.
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.
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
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.