Owl Walk, January 10, 2015, 5:30 PM at Camp Wathana
Trails will be sponsoring an Owl Walk at Camp Wathana on Saturday,
January 10, 2015. We will meet in the dining hall at the camp.
This will be a pot luck dinner followed by a presentation by Dr.
Craig Perdue, who will bring a live owl for the presentation about his
research on owls. Afterward, Dr. Perdue will lead people on an
owl walk through the Camp. This event is intended as a fundraiser
for Headwaters Trails. We ask that people who attend become
members. We will meet at the Camp at 5:30 pm and have dinner at
6:00. Bring your favorite dish to pass. Please label your
dishes and utensils so that we can get them back to the proper people
at the end of the event. It would be helpful if you made a label
for your dish that says who made it and if it is vegetarian or not.
Chuck Julian will be bringing a whole ham and vegetarian lasagna.
We will grill hamburgers and vegetarian griller burgers on site.
Paper plates, cups and utensils will be provided along with water
and pop. The dining hall will seat 120 people. There are
rest rooms in the dining hall.
You do not need to go on the owl
walk to attend this event. Dr. Perdue's owl will be shown and he
will talk for a short time about his research on owls. Afterward,
you are free to go on the walk, or stick around and enjoy the company
of others who share a common goal, and leave at any time. We have
full access to the trails through out the camp. Make sure that if
you are going on the walk, you dress appropriately. If there
is snow, the trails will not be plowed, so you may want to wear boots.
Both Screech owls and Great Horned owls have been heard at the
camp in December of this year already.
None of the money we
raise goes to pay salaries. All of the money goes to trail work
in one way or another as well as pay for insurance and the rental of
facilities, needed for any events we hold, and some will be set aside
for a match to allow us to build a takeout at Fish Lake Road on the
Shiawassee River in Holly.
Your membership is very
important when we attempt to get funds to build this takeout or do any
other projects. Granting Foundations and the State of Michigan
Natural Resources Trust Fund all look at the number of paying members
you have to decide if the group represents the local community.
Groups with a small number of paying members get passed over.
They all also look at the amount of match money that you can
provide. Many require a 50 percent match. The Fish Lake
Road Takeout will require around $100,000.00 to build. We already
own the land, so now we need to go the next step in this project, which
is to raise match money for construction.
the people who keep the river open for paddling, build walking trails
in the area and work with community government to promote trails for
Camp Wathana is a Camp Fire USA camp located at 9750
Milford Road, Holly, MI 48442. This is in Rose Township.
The camp is 250 acres in size. The North Oakland Headwaters
Land Conservancy has purchased an easement on the property to protect
if from future development in areas of the camp that don't currently
have buildings. Most of the camp is wooded. There are bunk
houses for people who come to the camp to enjoy nature. Camp Fire
serves school children from the cities, who have never experienced
nature first hand. It is also available for groups to rent for
private events. We are renting the camp dining hall for this
event. In supporting this walk, you are not only helping
Headwaters Trails, you are also helping Camp Fire keep this camp open
with the rental money we pay them.
Adventure Paddle on the Shiawassee River is scheduled for Sunday
June 14, 2015. Meet at Water Works Park in Holly Michigan at
11:00 to register and spot your cars. The paddle starts at Noon.
More details will be coming soon.
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.