All paddlers are invited to experience the beauty of the Shiawassee
River in fall at the annual Canoeing in Color event which will be held
on October 4th starting at noon. Canoeing in Color is a celebration of
the fall color season on the river and at the end of the paddling
season. It is a time that migrating birds, such as the fall warblers
and sand hill cranes can be seen along the river. There is an active
beaver dam where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see the beavers
in the river. This time of year, the deer can often be seen along the
banks of the river. The trees are beginning to change color and the air
is cool and crisp.
in Color, our Fall color paddle on the Shiawassee River Heritage Water
Trail, will be on Saturday October 4, 2014. It starts in Water
Works Park, 690 S. Broad Street, Holly, Michigan and ends at Strom Park
in Fenton. Registration starts at 11 AM with the boats
launching at Noon. We will continue launching boats till 1 PM,
when our sweep boat will follow behind to make sure that everyone got
off the river safely. Heavner's Canoe rental will have boats on
site for rent. You can call them in advance to make sure that the
canoe or kayak that you want is on site, otherwise, you take your
chances that they will have the boats you want to rent. Call them
685-2379. We will have a tow boat in the Fenton Mill pond for
people who would like to be towed across. Sometimes a strong wind
out of the west can make that paddle challenging.
event is a fundraiser for the people of Headwaters Trails Inc. who keep the
river open and cleared of trash. We ask that you become a member
to not only support cleanup efforts, but also to help raise matching
money to build a canoe launch and takeout at Fish Lake Road. The
estimate six years ago was $80,000.00 to build the launch. It is
probably higher today. We need to raise a 30% match to get this
built. This event is free to members and $10.00 to non-members. Membership is $20.00 for an individual
and $22.00 for a family.
register at Water Works Park and drop their craft in WaterWorks Park
They should then drive to Strom Park in Fenton to spot their cars
at the end of the 7 mile paddle in Fenton, and be shuttled back to the
starting point of Water Works Park courtesy of Headwaters Trails for a
nominal fee of $5. This means that your car will be at
Fenton at the end of the paddle down the river. The return
shuttle is included in the $10.00
charge for non-members.
You can join the cleanups or do other
work to support Headwaters Trails Inc. Just list on your
membership form what activities you would like to help with along with
a phone number and or an email address and we will contact you.
This is a SEMIWild
event co-sponsored by North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy and the Keepers of the Shiawassee. Other
SEMIWild activities can be seen at www.semiwild.org.
Election of Officers for 2014-2015, Wednesday October 1, 2014
to the Headwaters Trails meeting of October 1, 2014 to elect officers
for the coming year. If you are interested in becoming an
officer, this is your chance. We are looking for new people and
in particular, a treasurer. We will be meeting in the Holly
Village Council Chambers, 315 S. Broad Street, Holly, MI 48442.
The Council Chambers are attached to the Holly Police Station and
are accessed through the same door. The meeting will start at 7
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. 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", Canoe races and Pleasure
paddles in June and "Canoeing in Color" a Color Paddle in
In 2014, we did not hold the race, though we still held the
Pleasure Paddle. We might reconsider, if there is enough demand
for a race. 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.
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 and a
host of dedicated volunteers.
The Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail is
one of lower Michigan's treasures. 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
President: Sue Julian248-634-3513
Vice President: Rex Mathewson
Treasurer: This position is open. Let us know if you think you might want to be Treasurer.