will be a cleanup of the Shiawassee River on Sunday August 3, 2014.
We will meet at Cole Road and the Shiawassee River in Argentine
Township at 9:00. We are planning to be off the river by around
1:00. We plan to get at least as far as McCaslin Lake Road and
maybe as far as Bird road if we get a large enough crew and we don't
run into a lot of trees to be cut. We will spot cars at both
If you can make it, please contact me, Chuck Julian
at 248-634-3513 in the evenings or 248-335-8785 in the day. You
can also email him at HeadwatersTrailsInc@gmail.com. If you can
bring a rowboat or canoe, that is best because we can carry the most
stuff that way. We not only need to bring equipment with us, but
often have to take tires and other debris out. Please let me know
if you need to ride with someone or if you have the ability to take a
passenger. If you bring a rowboat, we find it easiest to use
kayak paddles on the river. I also recommend bringing an electric
trolling motor for the long stretches where we don't need to do any
I am bringing a rowboat, two chainsaws, lifting
tongs, cables for tying logs to the bank, a cooler full of drinks and a
plan to have fun. If you are able to host us for a meal
afterward, that would be greatly appreciated, otherwise, we will
probably eat somewhere in Linden after the cleanup. Please let me
know if you are willing to host us.
You can learn more about what to expect by clicking on the Best Practices link on our website.
Holly Township Recreation Plan Hearing
Township held it's public hearing on the Master Recreation Plan on July
16, 2014 and approved that plan. There will be a meeting where
the Township must approve sending that plan on to the State.
Before that happens, it is important for public comment on the
plan to be submitted to the Township Board. All comments will be
submitted with the plan and the State reviews those comments before
deciding upon grant applications. A lack of favorable comments
can prevent the state from issuing a grant, so please send in positive
comments on the plan to Holly Township. We are particularly
interested in positive comments about water and land trails.
Written comments may be submitted by
writing to: Clerk at 102 Civic Dr., Holly, Michigan 48442, or via email to Clerk@hollytownship.org
of the Master Recreation Plan may be reviewed at the Clerk’s office at
the above-mentioned address during regular business hours Monday through
Friday 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. except holidays or online at www.hollytownship.org/publicnotices
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 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.
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.