link below lists all the events put on by both Headwaters Trails and
the Keepers of the Shiawassee in 2016 as well as other events on the
river that we are aware of.. There is a handy printable map
included. Schedule of Events
Trails will be sponsoring a River cleanup in preparation for the Sunday
June 12, 2016 Adventure Paddle. We will meet at Water Works Park,
690 S. Broad Street, in Holly, Michigan at 9:00 am on Sunday May 22, 2016.
There are trees down in the river and there is trash to be picked
up. If you have a chainsaw, you are welcome to bring that.
Chuck Julian will be leading this cleanup, bringing a rowboat,
two chainsaws, cables for tying up logs to the river bank for shore
protection, and a cooler full of drinks to share. If you have
clippers for trimming low branches, grabbers for trash hiding in the
brush along the banks and garbage bags, those are all welcome. If
you have a rowboat or canoe, that is preferable for a river cleanup
because of the ability to haul trash and equipment. If you have
extra space in your boat for a passenger, or are looking to ride with
someone as a passenger, let Chuck know and he will try to arrange for
people to ride together. If you are bringing a rowboat, it is
helpful if you have a trolling motor to speed you along the river.
There are long sections where there is little to do and we like
to pass through those relatively quickly. In rowboats,
kayak paddles work well because the river is not especially wide in
most places and you often need to make quick turns to avoid obstacles. If
you don't have a boat and don't have any equipment, we still would like
you to join us in this cleanup. We will find a ride for you and
we will have enough equipment to go around. Wear thick
soled boots or shoes in the river. Once the water gets stirred
up, you don't want to risk getting a cut from a broken bottle or a
stray nail that you cannot see. See the Best Practices page for
more info on cleanups. We will be taking out at Strom Park, so upon
arrival at Water Works Park, we will be spotting cars at Strom Park.
Afterward, Chuck will take us all out to eat pizza. These
events are as much about having fun with a great bunch of people on the
river as they are about getting the river cleaned up and ready for the
summer paddling season.
Paddle will be on Sunday June 12, 2016, meeting at Water Works Park in
Holly, 690 S. Broad Street. Registration will start at 11:00 am
with boats launching at noon. This is a fundraiser for Headwaters
Trails. Please renew your membership at this time, if you have
not already done so. Members are free to go on the paddle, but
there is a $5.00 return charge to get from Strom Park in Fenton, back
to Water Works Park in Holly. Non-members are charged $10.00,
which includes the return fee. Heavners Canoe Rental will have boats
for rent on site. Call them in advance to reserve the type of
boat you want 248-685-2379. Headwaters Trails will have people at
the Railroad tubes to help you get through, if you would like help.
We will have spotters at the Academy foot bridge and Fish Lake
Road as well as a person to help people get over the beaver dam.
We will have a tow boat on the Fenton Mill Pond to tow you across
if you want a tow. Sometimes people are just tired out after a 7
mile paddle and sometimes it can be really helpful if it is windy.
This is a rain or shine event, though it may be cancelled if
there is the threat of lightning. You do not need to register in
advance to participate. We are also looking for volunteers to
help put this event on, if you would like to help out. Flyer and Registration Form
See the What's New tab to read about past events.
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, the City of Linden and Oakland County Parks to create new
recreational opportunities including the creation of a network of trails for
the area residents and visitors. Those trails include both water and land trails.
The Sorenson Park 5K Trail is a walking
and jogging trail constructed by Headwaters Trails within the confines
of Sorenson Park in Holly, Michigan. The trail was cleared,
leveled and then wood chipped to make a walking surface. Along
the edges of the trail, large amounts of the invasive tree, autumn
olive, were removed and chipped for use on the trail.
The Trail gets used in all weather.
River Heritage Water Trail is our major accomplishment over the last several
years.For the last several years we
have sponsored "The Adventure Paddle", a pleasure paddle down the river in June and "Canoeing in Color" a Color Paddle in
October. Both go from Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton. The River Heritage Water Trail starts in Holly and
goes to Saginaw Bay.The Keepers of the
Shiawassee have joined us as have the Friends of the Shiawassee in maintaining the river and the river
is now open and mostly free of portages and trash, for canoers and kayakers to enjoy from Holly to Saginaw,
except for the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, where portages are
still necessary.Our Volunteers paddle
the river regularly to remove downed trees and trash.We
are always looking for additional
volunteers to help keep the river open and free of trash. Contact
Chuck Julian if you are interested in joining us for river cleanups.
We started out, removing trash,
then rebuilding a bridge and constructed a new bridge where we had built a temporary bridge along the river.
Works Park is the start of the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail.
We did a lot of work to improve the appearance of that park and
the river, with help from the Village of Holly, the Holly DDA, The
Harding Mott Foundation, Saginaw Valley WIN, REI, Haddon Nursery, North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy and a
host of dedicated volunteers.
Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail is
one of lower Michigan's treasures. We view it as an "UP North"
experience down here in SE Michigan. Along the river you will see
very few houses, mostly, open fields, trees and wet lands.
Wildlife is abundant. The Shiawassee has beavers who have
built a dam. This might be your first time to have ever seen a
beaver dam or glimpse a beaver, since most have been killed for their
fur. The river has abundant fish and birds attracted by the fish
and the plants along the river. Deer graze along the shore.
Blue Heron are common as are kingfishers, king birds, and ducks.
Endangered Blandings Turtles nest along the river. The
fields and wetlands along the river provide habitat for the endangered
Powersheik Skiperling and Karner Blue butterfly as well as rare and
endangered native flowers. Nature presents itself in all its
glory as you glide down the
waters of the river. Water quality monitoring shows the
Shiawassee to be a healthy river, accounting for all the wild life.
We believe that when people can see and enjoy this treasure, they
will also become advocates for its protection.
Blandings Turtles on a log
Good sport fishing on the river
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 and the Highland Equestrian Conservancy on a connection from
Highland Oaks up to Rose Oaks, including working to open, the unmaintained, Water
as a trail. We have encouraged Oakland County Parks to create
horse friendly trails in both Highland Oaks County Park and Rose Oaks
County Park, and they have done so.
are held the first Wednesday of each month, , at the Holly Village Council Chambers, 315 S. Broad Street, Holly Michigan.Anyone interested in building trails, supporting 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.Once
logs are cut, it take several people to move them to the banks and
anchor them. We have pulled a tremendous amount of junk out of
the river that had accumulated over many years, including tires, a
wheel chair, a trailer, home heating oil tanks, shipping containers as
well as bottles, cans, food wrappers, styrofoam, old docks, toys,
fishing gear and a variety of miscellaneous stuff. You just need
a willingness to get wet and a desire to help out. 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 second Sunday in June.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 January or 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. We do ask that
people become members at these events. They are not inexpensive
to put on.
We are not:
are not a canoe or kayak rental company. When we sponsor events
on the river, usually Heavner's Canoe Rental in Milford will provide
rentals on site for that event only. The rest of the year, there
is no livery in Holly to rent boats to you. If you need to rent a
boat, we suggest that you rent one at Proud Lake Recreation Area, in
Milford, Michigan from Heavner's Canoe Rental or from Cheff's Canoe
Rental in the Walnut Hills Campground in Byron, Michigan. It is
our hope that some day a livery will open in the area that will service
the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail in Holly and Fenton but until
that time, you need your own boats except for the Fall, Canoeing in
Color event and the Spring, Adventure Paddle.