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Canoeing in Color October 6 (rain or shine!)

Come celebrate the Shiawassee River this fall on Saturday, October 6th. Bring your canoe or kayak to WaterWorks Park in Holly on South Broad Street. We'll set off around 1:00pm or a little later if that suits your schedule. Heavner Canoes will again be on site offering rentals and picking up participants from the downstream end point of Strom Park, seven miles down our beautiful twisting river, for a $5 fee. North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy will co-sponsor this event, and give you a guide to preservation sites along the way. The three-four hour paddle could be heavenly, or the weather could be chilly, so plan accordingly. For more information, call 248-634-3513 (Sue Julian) or 248-634-4551 Douglas Lanyk.  Canoe/kayak rentals are available from Heavner Canoes at 248-685-2379. Please call them in advance. If you are interested in an extended paddle, call Sue Julian (above) to discuss the options.

And the winners are!

Last Sunday Headwaters Trails Inc. 401 c 3 held it's 8th annual Holly To
Fenton canoe race. It was a wonderful day for a race. The weather
cooperated with a slight complication of a stiff breeze kicking up to
slow the racers.

The winners are
In the experienced class
First Mark Rowe and Lauren Fry at 1hour 51 minutes.
Second Nathan Kissling and Micah Kissling 2 hours 10 minutes
3rd Jack Fry and Marcia Fry 2 hours 28 minutes

In the solo paddler class
First Mark Irish at 1 hour 38 minutes
Second Ken Foss at 1 hour 39 minutes
Steve Hoffman at 1 hour 49 minutes.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the participants.
Douglas Lanyk
Vice President Headwaters Trails Inc.

Time for our Shiawassee River Clean-up

May 20th, Sunday, should be just about the right time to get out the trees that have fallen and make our beautiful river paddle-able again. We are going to need lots of help all the way from Holly to Linden, so wherever you live along the river or wherever you like to paddle, come out and help. We'll need people in the water with chain saws, people assisting from the banks, people to provide transportation from one spot to the next and people to help with the pizza thank you that ends the day.  9:00 AM Waterworks park Holly MI

Call Doug Lanyk for information at 248-634-4551. We will have several starting locations since this is a 14 mile stretch of river that we are trying to open. Let us know early what you can do to assist. Wear clothing appropriate for the conditions--you will get wet! We are all looking forward to a season of scenic adventures on the Shiawassee River.

Adventure paddle coming June 3rd

registration form or call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513. Whether racing or taking your time, it will be an Adventure Paddle along the 7 miles of the twisting Shiawassee River. (For a preview of adventure further down the river, check out this blog.) So, see you at WaterWorks Park, 602 S. Broad Street, Holly, 48442 in time to register for any of the three morning races or the afternoon paddle

Canoes or kayaks may be rented from Heavner Canoes by reserving one ahead of time at 248-685-2379 or taking your chances on the limited supply offered on site. Return transportation by Heavner Canoes is guaranteed if you rent from them or pay $5 for you and your craft to be loaded up and driven back from Strom Park in Fenton (299 S. East Street) to WaterWorks Park in Holly.

Race Start

canoeists

Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail

Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail

Paddle In Color
and
Be Closer to the Shiawassee
Headwaters Trails 7th annual Canoeing in Color
October 1 launch time between 1 & 2
Waterworks Park, Broad St. Holly
It is seven miles from Waterworks Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton.
Bush Park is less than a mile after the dam.
If you have your own kayak or canoe:
  • arrive at Waterworks Park in Holly between noon and 1:00
  • drop off your boat and gear and purchase shuttle ticket @ $5 per vehicle
  • drive to Bush Park in Fenton entering from Lincoln St. (between the car wash and gas station on Silver Lake Rd.)
  • park your car and take the shuttle back to Holly
  • enjoy your paddle down the Shiawassee, portaging the dam in Fenton
    • you will have help getting out above and reentering below the dam
  • arrive at Bush Park where there will be free refreshments, music, etc.
  • if you do not want to portage the dam you may park your car at the city lot by the dam and catch the shuttle back
         
If you are renting a canoe or kayak from Heavner please call 248-685-2379 to reserve your boat before October 1.
  • arrive at Waterworks Park in Holly between noon and 1:00
  • pay for your boat through Heavner and they will set it aside
  • drive to Strom Park in Fenton
  • park your car and take the shuttle back to Holly, shuttle fee included in rental
    • if there are no spaces left at Strom Park you can park in the lot near the dam and catch the shuttle
  • enjoy your paddle down the Shiawassee, getting out at Strom Park and returning your boat to Heavener’s
  • drive to Bush Park where there will be free refreshments, music, etc
Celebrate the Shiawassee 2:00 – 6:00 Fenton Bush Park
Try out a variety of kayaks from Summit Sports in Brighton
Free refreshments
  • hot dogs provided by Fenton Rotary
  • bottled water from Douglas Water Conditioning
  • additional refreshments from VG’s
Musical entertainment
Kids’ activities
  • scavenger hunt
  • games
  • fishing instruction by Izaak Walton League volunteers
  • casting target practice
Dedication of Keepers of the Shiawassee and Rotary launches 4:00
Demos and instruction
       basic kayak skills 2:15, 3:15, 4:15 & 5:15
       geocaching 2:45, 3:45, 4:45
       See how to load a kayak on a vehicle throughout the afternoon as paddlers arrive at the park; other demos given upon request.


Saturday October 1 2011 Headwaters Trails and NOHLC will be sponsoring our annual fall paddle down the Shiawassee. Come with us and enjoy the fall colors while the water is still warm(ish). The paddle will be from Waterworks Park in Holly, to Strom and or Bush Park in Fenton.

12 Noon until 1:00 we will be spotting participants vehicles at Bush Park, giving people a ride back to their boats in Holly.
1:00 until 2:00 we all will be launching to go to Fenton.

Canoe Rentals will be available from Heavners Canoe Rental. Please reserve one ahead of time at 248-685-2379.

Return rides will be available at the end from Strom Park. Those continuing to Bush park can join the Be Closer to the Shiawassee celebration.

2:00 until 6:00 Celebrate the Shiawassee sponsored by Headwaters Trails. Fenton Rotary, SPLR, and Keepers of the Shiawassee. Click here for more information. There will be food, family activities, Kayak Demos, Geo-caching, and much more. Loads of fun for the whole family.

For those who want to help and stay on dry land we'll be spreading woodchips on the 7 Lakes Connector trail, from The Acadamy Foot Bridge to the condos. headwaterstrails@comcat.net

Last big river cleanup this year
Aug. 24th  Meet in the parking lot by the river located behind the businesses on N. Bridge St. in Linden. Come prepared to get wet; wear sturdy shoes, gloves, a hat and long sleeves and pants if you want to avoid possible scratches and bug bites. Bring chainsaw, loppers, hand saws, grappers or just yourself. You will need a boat. Let Chuck know chuck.julian@cityaluminum.com 248-866-3069 (c) 248-634-3513 (h) if you want to help and/or if you need to borrow a boat.

The goal is to clear from Linden to Bird Road, approximately 14 miles. We are not expecting this section to be in bad shape since it was cleared earlier this summer. We hope to finish around 2, but depending upon what we find, it may be sooner or later. If you need to get out earlier, you can exit at Hogan, Cole or McCaslin Lake roads.

First the results--
Experienced Class
First Place -- Tom (age 55) and Chad Cannon (age 14)--time: 1hr 10 min
Second Place--Mike and Matt Savoy--time: 1 hr 15 min
Third Place-- Ken and Bruce Foss--time: 1 hr 23 min

Solo/Kayak Class
First Place--Mark Irish --time: 1 hr 20 min
Second Place--Eric Short--time: 1hr 22 min
Third Place--Todd Minock--time: 1hr 32 min

Novice Class--
First Place--Chris Demeray and Jason Hamilton-- time: 1 hr 55 min

Number of Pleasure Paddlers: 50

Number of volunteers on day of race: 26

Number of river clearing volunteers: 11, working a total of 79 hours

It was a perfect day. Lots of people showed up to cheer the racers on. Lunch was served on site. The weather couldn't have been better for a day's paddle. We had enough help so no one got frazzled. It was the best Adventure Paddle yet. Much thanks to all the volunteers for your efforts.

 

 

Adventure Paddle is a Go!!!!!

Thanks to last minute dedicated volunteers, the Shiawassee is now clear and smooth sailing from Holly to Fenton. Hooray! The river is high and smooth. It's looking like a perfect weather day for a nice paddle. Come and join us for the race and leisure paddle/ The races start just after 11:30 and the pleasure paddle starts at 1:00 PM.

Doc Fletcher author of Canoeing Michigan rivers I II III went down the river today. His group followed the river cleaning crew by a couple of hours. They were much impressed. We'll be in the next book. Yippee!

Adventure Paddle Set for June 5
High water safety measures in place

Paddling or racing on the Shiawassee is always an adventure, with slight changes occurring in the river's course from year to year. This year the river is expected to be up (more than the usual 2ft depth) and running faster because of all the rain. On June 5, racers may start out in the morning or pleasure paddlers may launch at 1:00. Both groups can be assured that volunteers from Headwaters Trails will have cleared the river, taken up spotter positions along the course, and provided safe return transportation from the end point (Strom Park in Fenton) to the start and registration location in WaterWorks Park in Holly (690 S. Broad Street).

Click here for more information and a downloadable form for pre-registration. Canoes or kayaks may be rented ahead of time by calling Heavner Canoe Rental (248) 685-2379 or the alternate cell phone number (248) 561-8274. Paddle enthusiasts with their own craft may pay $5 for return transportation, which is otherwise free with a rental.

Check back with this website on the morning of the Adventure Paddle if rain is imminent. The event will be canceled only if there is lightning or high winds. It is, after all, a water sport! Come enjoy the river!

Shiawassee River Clean-up postponed

The river is at flood stage and going up. We'll let you know when it's safe for the cleanup. Hopefully in a week or so.

Time for our Shiawassee River Clean-up

The river has been high with all our April rains. May 15th, Sunday, should be just about the right time to get out the trees that have fallen and make our beautiful river paddle-able again. We are going to need lots of help all the way from Holly to Argentine, so wherever you live along the river or wherever you like to paddle, come out and help. We'll need people in the water with chain saws, people assisting from the banks, people to provide transportation from one spot to the next and people to help with the pizza thank you that ends the day.

Call Doug Lanyk for information at 248-634-4551. We will have several starting locations since this is a 40 mile stretch of river that we are trying to open. Let us know early what you can do to assist. Wear clothing appropriate for the conditions--you will get wet! We are all looking forward to a season of scenic adventures on the Shiawassee River.

Adventure paddle coming June 5th

registration form or call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513. Whether racing or taking your time, it will be an Adventure Paddle along the 7 miles of the twisting Shiawassee River. (For a preview of adventure further down the river, check out this blog.) So, see you at WaterWorks Park, 602 S. Broad Street, Holly, 48442 in time to register for any of the three morning races or the afternoon paddle

Canoes or kayaks may be rented from Heavner Canoes by reserving one ahead of time at 248-685-2379 or taking your chances on the limited supply offered on site. Return transportation by Heavner Canoes is guaranteed if you rent from them or pay $5 for you and your craft to be loaded up and driven back from Strom Park in Fenton (299 S. East Street) to WaterWorks Park in Holly.

 

Canoeing in Color October 2 (rain or shine!)

Come celebrate the Shiawassee River this fall on Saturday, October 2nd. Bring your canoe or kayak to WaterWorks Park in Holly on South Broad Street. We'll set off around 1:00pm or a little later if that suits your schedule. Heavner Canoes will again be on site offering rentals and picking up participants from the downstream end point of Strom Park, seven miles down our beautiful twisting river, for a $5 fee. North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy will co-sponsor this event, and give you a guide to preservation sites along the way. The three-four hour paddle could be heavenly, or the weather could be chilly, so plan accordingly. For more information, call 248-634-3513 (Sue Julian). Canoe/kayak rentals are available from Heavner Canoes at 248-685-2379. Please call them in advance. If you are interested in an extended paddle, call Sue Julian (above) to discuss the options.

The River is Open from Holly to Argentine

Chuck Julian reports that the last river clean-up of the year has succeeded in creating an open river waterway from WaterWorks Park in Holly, MI to Bird Road in Argentine, a distance of about 40 paddling miles. Click here for the report and the pleasant times the work crew enjoyed on September 19, 2010.

Get out and paddle this fall! You can extend the October 2nd Canoeing in Color event many miles down stream, packing your own lunch and making it a long day trip on your own if you wish. Enjoy!

REI Grant Received! (Click on "What's New")

Sept 19 River Cleanup (click here for photos)

The work of our river clean-up volunteers has paid off this year. Tim Stallcup, who operates the Holly Waste Water Treatment Plant and keeps a web cam aimed at the river, reports that from 30 to 50 paddlers have used the river on these summer weekends. We'll be offering a special thanks to all who have helped at the Linden Autumn Festival this Saturday afternoon, September 11th at the Linden Millpond. However, there's more work to be done...

Let us know right away that you will commit to helping us finish the trail work and river clean-up work this season. September 19, Sunday, is our next date. We'll meet at Hogan Road at 9am and travel downstream to work sites in the river. Chuck Julian is organizing this one. He's available at 248-634-3513. The work on this day will open the river all the way from Holly through Fenton and downstream to Argentine, all places where falling ash trees prevent clear paddling.

As we expand the trail system, there is more and more maintenance. Your assistance is really needed. We will plan small scale projects around the availability of small groups of volunteers, so as not to burn anyone out.

To discuss other work dates, call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513 or Doug Lanyk at 248-634-4551 or e-mail <sjulian@provide.net>. We're in a git-er-done frame of mind!

Ride the Rose Helped Build Trail Fund

Equestrians gathered at Rose Oaks County Park on August 28th to enjoy the day, ride the equestrian friendly trails within the park and contribute to the growing fund to establish more multi-purpose land trails in Northwest Oakland County.

The event was organized by the Rose Oaks Equine Adventurers and fully supported by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation staff. The park has an unusual "horse gate" which allows riders to step through the fence, and there is a parking area for rigs for those who trailer in their horses.

The area riders turned out to vote for the successful August millage renewal in support of the parks. They hope that their "Ride the Rose" donations will be able to supplement funding to build more and longer trails.

Invitation to Apply for REI Grant

Development of the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail may get a boost as a result of the nomination by employees of Troy's REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) store located at 766 East Beaver Road. Headwaters Trails has been invited to apply for a grant to further the trail work. We have decided the next important location downstream is in the Bush Park area of Fenton. There it should be possible to put in two accessible launch sites, so that there is easy access by the gazebo on North Leroy and recreational/educational possibilities in the large curve that the Shiawassee River makes around Bush Park. The newly formed group, Keepers of the Shiawassee, will provide the organization and manpower. This model of local groups taking ownership of sections of a long trail has been used successfully across the United States.

The grant application will be submitted June 29 and we should hear by September. Funding comes from a percentage of your purchases at REI, which is an outdoor supplier run as a cooperative with a strong commitment to increasing recreational opportunities.

Here Fishy, Fishy!

Enjoy the Shiawassee River in another way on Free Fishing Weekend when MDNRE doesn't require you to have a fishing license. Meet at 6am at WaterWorks Park in Holly (602 S. Broad Street) and purchase a ticket for the 3rd Annual Fishing Contest. You have until noon to bring a legal and live fish from the river and its tributaries to Strom Park in Fenton, 7 miles downstream. Prizes for the largest small or largemouth bass or pike. See Fishing Contest 2010 for more information.

Pictures of the Adventure Paddle

http://picasaweb.google.com/ericeffingclark

http://picasaweb.google.com/113691193725091200524/AdventurePaddleShiawasseeRiverHeadwaterSTrails#

Oh yes it rained!

Forty four canoes and kayaks set off from WaterWorks Park in the sixth annual race and pleasure paddle on the Shiawassee River, June 6. The earlier racers escaped the downpour but the afternoon pleasure paddlers got soaked. We'll be posting pictures tomorrow and a link to where you can view many more taken by Eric Clark and friends.

Here is a table of race results:

First Place Experienced: Ken and Bruce Foss, 1hr. 22 min; Second Place Experienced: Ben Cox and Brian Schroth, 1 hr. 39 min; Third Place Experienced: Atticus McFadden-Keesling and Lydia Sherwood, 1 hr. 52 min.

First Place Novice: Leonard Brusseau and Rebecca McInnes, 1 hr. 38 min; Second Place Novice: Ken and Jill Ellison; Third Place Novice: Sandy and Anna Shelton, 1 hr. 49 min.

First Place Single Paddler: Kees Pot, 1 hr. 20 min; Second Place Single: Zach Christian-Rotramel; Third Place Single: Richard Rotramel.

More will be posted in the next day or so. Happy paddling to you all. Come back and visit the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail when it's not raining. You might even want to consider assisting on July 19 when a clean-up of the Linden to Byron stretch will begin with a pancake breakfast at 8am at the Argentine Township Fire Hall and then continue until noon removing the tangle of downed trees that are hindering passage. Call 810-922-8627 for more info.

7am, 6/6/10 Update:

The heaviest rain appears to be over and the river is up but not at flood conditions. It should be possible to start the morning races. We will cancel the pleasure paddle if the conditions return to stormy this afternoon, however. The temperature is predicted to remain high, so given Michigan's variable weather, it could turn out to be a good day afterall.--Sue Julian

 

Interested in the June 6 Adventure Paddle?View the registration form or call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513. Whether racing or taking your time, it will be an Adventure Paddle along the 7 miles of the twisting Shiawassee River. (For a preview of adventure further down the river, check out this blog.) So, see you at WaterWorks Park, 602 S. Broad Street, Holly, 48442 in time to register for any of the three morning races or the afternoon paddle

Canoes or kayaks may be rented from Heavner Canoes by reserving one ahead of time at 248-685-2379 or taking your chances on the limited supply offered on site. Return transportation by Heavner Canoes is guaranteed if you rent from them or pay $5 for you and your craft to be loaded up and driven back from Strom Park in Fenton (299 S. East Street) to WaterWorks Park in Holly.

This year we will be offering modest cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the races as well as trophies. Return to WaterWorks Park to claim your prizes and get your picture taken.

Bittersweet Cafe is also offering to deliver by 2:30, any boxed lunch you may order from them at 248-328-0800. You can spread out on the grass on the south side of the park and enjoy a lunch and reflect on the paddle.

A touch of the artistic will grace this year's event. Kodak American Greenways granted $1000 to Headwaters Trails to complete the footbridge over the Shiawassee with a river themed decorative motif. Local Area Artists plan to sketch the river and the paddlers from several vantage points. And as a memento for you, Eric Clark plans to photograph you in motion and have your image ready for you to purchase when you return to WaterWorks Park.

We hope you enjoy the day-- the Volunteers of Headwaters Trails.

Volunteers Needed for Trail Building

Shiawassee River Heritage Water TrailTrail building season is back again. To the left, volunteers are installing signs along the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail. More assistance is needed for trail clearing, sign installation, closing the gaps with temporary woodchipped paths in our local land trail network, river clean up and all the back-up office work that is needed to put on upcoming events (Adventure Paddle June 6, Fishing Derby June 13). Can you spend a couple of hours helping? Some of the work is very physical; other work is mental. Everyone's help is needed. Call Sue Julian 248-634-3513.

Kodak American Greenways Grant

Headwaters Trails received a grant on March 3rd for $1000 towards safety improvements on the bridge over the Shiawassee River where the walking path intersects the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail. We are honored to have been chosen as one of 28 sites nationwide where grassroots groups are making a difference along river corridors and multi-use pathways. Eastman Kodak, National Geographic and The Conservation Fund are partners in the granting process and it is up to us to raise an equal amount to make the project happen this Spring. Your donations, large or small, will make it possible to add railings to the bridge and bollards at either end so that walkers, bicyclists and schoolchildren can cross safely and enjoy the scenic spot.

Help us meet our goal by becoming a member or sending a donation which is tax deductible. You can print out a general form and indicate that you wish your gift to be a match for this specific project. First match of $50 is already in!

2010 Spring Events

Any day is a good day for getting outside on a trail! Across Oakland County, various trail promotion groups are doing spring planning for a full season of walks, hikes, paddles, rides and events. Join Headwaters Trails people at...

Spring hikes anytime in Sorensen Park, 5142 E. Holly Road, where a 5 kilometer pathway winds back to the Shiawassee River overlook. This is especially spectacular the first week in June when the blue flowers of native lupine cover the prairie area. In early April around dusk, the woodcock mating display can be heard, if not always seen, along the trail at the south end of the 100+ acre park.

Come eat on the Third Thursdays (May 20, June 17, etc.) at O'Malley's Galley, Fenton. The proprietor of this restaurant, which features fish specialities, is offering a percentage donation to Headwaters Trails for everyone who comes in for evening dining. Owner Dennis O'Malley is also dedicating display space for activities along the Shiawassee River. Join friends and supporters for a fine meal and images of local paddling. The eatery is located at the NW corner of US 23 and Owen Road in Fenton and prices are family friendly.

Shiawassee River Clean-up Days, May 16 and 23. Every year more trees fall into the river blocking passage and trash gets swept into the channel during spring flooding. Headwaters Trails volunteeers will meet at WaterWorks Park in Holly on S.Broad Street and divide into teams to clear the river between Holly and Fenton. Call Douglas Lanyk 248-634-4551 to volunteer and get more information. Ten years of past efforts have made this seven mile stretch of river a model for managing woody debris for fish habitat as well as recreational paddling.

You can find out more about Headwaters Trails plans by attending our 1st Wed of the month meetings at 7pm in the Holly Village Chambers in the Police Station Building, 315 S. Broad Street, Holly 48442, next to the Fire Station.

There's no excuse to stay inside! Get up! Get out!

 

 

Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail--opening day was a success!

Well wishers, volunteers and supporters gathered around the kiosk installed in WaterWorks Park on October 3rd. Afterwards about 60 paddlers headed for Fenton despite the rainy day. Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network funded this and eight other signs as well as mileage markers, safety signs, and associated educational resources. More images coming soon! We all promise to uphold the Saginaw Bay WIN vision of environmentally friendly use of the river, combined with local economic development. Come paddle the Shiawassee starting from this trailhead at 690 S. Broad Street in Holly, with more trail development anticipated downstream, hopefully all the way to Saginaw Bay, 110 miles!

Raffle Winners--thanks to all for your support

Mary B. from Holly won the first prize--a beautiful blue Walden Kayak and accessories, valued at $1000. Second prize went to Kevin W. of Jackson for a three day stay at a furnished home on the Old Mission Peninsula. Third prize will be enjoyed by Matt A. from Linden--$100 cash. To everyone who bought tickets, thank you so much. To the individuals and businesses who sold tickets, muchas gracias! The approximately $3500 we raised will go toward that Mid-Point Landing on Fish Lake Road. On future paddles you'll be able to start or end a trip there. Our next challenge is to find a funder, since the total cost may be around $80,000. We remain optimistic, and of course Headwaters Trails will still accept any donations to the cause.

Ride the Rose Equestrian Fundraiser

On Sunday, August 23, equestrians rode the trails in Rose Oaks County Park, participated in the Wildflower Poker Drawing, and enjoyed a pot luck picnic. The afternoon of horsin' around was also a fundraiser for establishing trails and trail amenities in the horse friendly region of Northwest Oakland County. Donations of $25 covered the day pass for entry into the park located at 1132 Fish Lake Road in Rose Towship. Although the day was rainy, everyone had fun and all the participants received prizes thanks to donations of individuals and local businesses. Thanks also goes to Oakland County Parks that prepared the trails for the event and have committed to actions that will link county parks by a network of pathways. YOU can help, too, to build interconnecting trails for all users by sending in a membership or volunteering for outdoor workdays.

Tire Clean-up on a Hot Day

The heavy rain on Aug 8 forced us to put off the tire clean-up on the Holly Millpond until 2pm on Sunday, Aug 9, but a small crew did a great job. Allied Waste provided a dumpster. Dick Pinagel, owner of AquaWeed, permitted it to be placed on his property at the upper end of the Millpond and provided the heat stressed workers with drinks. Chuck Julian and Burt Bilbrey scoured the shoreline for tires and trash. Chris Harbowy and Pam Webster ferried the refuse to a takeout location and Jimmy Manning and Sue Julian hauled it up the embankment into the dumpster. Tim Julian ran shuttle. About 30 tires were removed along with a mound of trash. Although others may remain underwater, we were able to get a significant number of old tires out of the waterway where they were leaching toxins into the water.

Now it is up to residents to stop the trashing of the millpond and reminding their neighbors to do the right thing--recycle or reuse refuse. Past efforts to clear up the river south of the millpond have been exceptionally successful. There is very little trash, people have ceased to use the river as a dump site, river users pack out their litter, and overall water quality is making a great comeback. Read on!

Shiawassee Is Open From Holly to Linden

It took a lot of effort and the work of 20 people to clear the river between North Road and US-23 in Fenton of trash and large trees, but that segment of the river is now open. Paddlers and fishermen can start in Holly and continue for 13 miles to Linden with only one portage around the dam on the Fenton Millpond. Thanks go especially to Doug Lanyk and Willi Guttmann pictured below and the other intrepid chain-saw workers: Jimmy Manning, Tim Early, Jim Wright, Tim Julian and Chuck Julian. Debbie McCarty organized community service workers who bagged up the large amount of trash that had accumulated behind the blockages.

There is always more work to do as the river is a living thing which changes from day to day and season to season. On August 8, the Friends of the Shiawassee are organizing a clean-up in the Owosso area, so consider helping downstream by calling Heidi Frei at 989-723-9062. In Holly, we will remove tires from the Holly Millpond on the same day from 9 until noon. This is strenuous work. A dozen people will be needed to work from shore and in boats to lift the old tires from the mucky bottom and stack them in the dumpster provided by the Village of Holly. We'll eliminate that source of contamination and encourage everyone to keep our local waters clean. Call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513 to volunteer.

More River Clean-up Sat. July 18th!!!

Headwaters Trails invites all robust river enthusiasts to help clear the Shiawassee of fallen trees in the Fenton area this Saturday. The river is blocked before US-23 making the extended Heritage Water Trail difficult to paddle. This is chain saw and anchor-to-the-bank work, so long pants, appropriate footwear, gloves and a safety-minded attitude are the requisites. Call Chuck Julian (248-634-3513) for details and the exact meeting location for the cool, early morning start, or e-mail <chuck.julian@GCS3d.com>. Two weeks ago we cleared 15 blockages and there are at least another 11 to go, so we need your help!

Grant Announcement--River Trail to Continue Downstream

At the Linden Millpond on June 10th, the Fenton Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint announced a grant to continue interpretive signage downstream of Holly on the Shiawassee River. The funding will also allow for an access point to be developed in Argentine Township at McCaslin Lake Road. Follow the links below for more information about the development of the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail.

http://www.tctimes.com/articles/2009/06/16/living/doc4a32bb1e896e7352470506.txt

http://www.mlive.com/fenton/index.ssf/2009/06/grant_money_has_shiawassee_riv.html

Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy!

Headwaters Trails is sponsoring a Fishing Contest on the Shiawasee River on Sunday, June 14th, which is MDNR's Free Fishing Weekend. By registering at noon at WaterWorks Park in Holly, your entrance ticket entitles you to a prize for the largest fish caught in the river at the weigh-in at Strom Park in Fenton at 6pm. For more details of the contest, call organizer Douglas Lanyk at 248-634-4551. Come out to paddle, fish and perhaps take home a prize winner!

Fun on the River for More than 90

The 5th Annual Holly to Fenton event for canoists and kayakers on June 7th provided fun and challenge for both racers and pleasure paddlers. Winners in the Experienced Category were Matt Dura and Ray Trudgeon with a new best time of 1:17. Second across the finish line, seven minutes later, were Ed Adams and Marty Spees. Among the single racers, Mark Irish had the best time of 1:19 and Paul Sage crossed the finish line after 1 hour and 34 minutes. Novice race winners were Michael Steward and Davis Ringlein in first place with a time of 1:42, and Leonard Brousseau and Rebecca McInnes who captured second with a time of 1:49.

We will post photos in the next few days of the more than 90 racers and pleasure paddlers. In the meantime, you can find images on-line at Kevin Keel's website taken by the beaver dam. You can order pix by going to

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Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event possible and to showcase the wild and twisty scenery of the Top of the Shiawassee River.

Fifth Annual Canoe & Kayak Event June 7th

This year's adventure on the Shiawassee River is shaping up to be better than ever--warm days, good safe current and scenic countryside views. The sometimes narrow, sometimes broad channel is currently blocked by only one beaver dam. Our volunteers will notch the dam just before the races so you can slip over the top with ease. We will also have spotters stationed along the way to physically assist pleasure paddlers if needed.

What about rain? We will not send paddlers out if there appears to be thunder and lightening. However, as of Saturday morning the prediction is for light rain up until perhaps 2pm. The races will go on as scheduled. Pleasure paddlers may want to wait until the rain clears--our volunteers will still be able to help you.

For more details about the seven mile paddle from Holly to Fenton and our annual canoe/kayak event on June 7th, click here to view a registration form. We'll have timed races in the morning and a leisurely float in the afternoon, all starting from WaterWorks Park in Holly. Participants will be insured and required to conform to U.S. Canoe Association rules regarding safety. Heavner Canoe Rental will offer canoes or kayaks and also provide return transportation for all. Call ahead to reserve a craft at 248-685-2379. Headwaters Trails volunteers will act as spotters along the route. All these preparations add up to a great day on the river. If you have additional questions, please call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513. We hope to see you having a great time on a scenic river close to home. Come join us!

 

Ready to Paddle?

Spring rains have swollen the Shiawassee River, but Headwaters Trails volunteers got out to remove trees blocking the river. However, on Saturday May 23rd , we need more volunteers to get the river ready for the Holly to Fenton Canoe/Kayak Races and Pleasure Paddle which will occur on Sunday June 7th. If you can help with that big push to clean-up the race route (and beyond???), contact Doug Lanyk at 248-634-4551. Everyone will meet at WaterWorks Park in Holly to get assignments and organize tools at 10 am.

And the Raffle Winners Are...

First Place: Lisa M. of Royal Oak won the Walden Adirondack Kayak and accessories. Second Place: Theron B. of Midland won the weekend stay at Old Mission. Third Place: Ron G. of Williamston won $100 of gift certificates.

Thank you to all who supported the land purchase at Fish Lake Road by buying tickets and thank you to all the volunteers and businesses who helped us sell tickets:

Bear Creek, Linden; Coleman and Sons Garage, Holly; Cycle Fit, Fenton; French Laundry, Fenton; Toy Factory, Linden; and White's Landing, Argentine.

Connector Parcel?--see Newsletter




REI Awards Grant for New Fenton Launch Site

We are grateful to REI for continuing to support work on the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail. On behalf of the newly formed volunteer group
promising to look after river issues in the Fenton to Argentine stretch--Keepers of the Shiawassee--Headwaters Trials applied for and received a
grant in the amount of $3579. It is the plan of Keepers to encourage urban kayaking by developing a short learning paddle river segment around Bush
Park in Fenton. The Fenton Rotary Club has an annual commitment to maintaining and improving that park. They will install an at-grade launch next
to the Gazebo which can be accessed from North Leroy street. Then next spring Keepers will grade the banks and create a similar launch site
one-eighth of a mile upstream. Novice paddlers, especially families with children, will be able to practice their canoe or kayak skills from one
launch to the other, all within the reach of Bush Park amenities--parking, restrooms, playscape, and picnic areas. Southern Lakes Parks and
Recreation will offer classes for children and adults using this stretch. Collectively, all participants hope to introduce new participants to the river
and its possibilities for close to home recreation.

REI is a national outdoor retail co-op with three stores in southeast Michigan--Troy, Northville and Ann Arbor. They are "dedicated to inspiring,
educating and outfitting their members and the community for a lifetime of adventure and stewardship." With this mission in mind, the local stores
nominate to the national public affairs department area projects worthy of support. The "Bush Park Launch" fits the goals, and Keepers is particularly
interested in developing the stewardship ethic in all river users. Signage to be installed in Bush Park and funded by the Community Foundation of
Greater Flint, will complement this awareness.

Thank you to REI from all the moonlight paddlers, adventure paddlers, day-trippers, and casual users that are now enjoying the Shiawassee River
Heritage Water Trail and a big thank you from the new paddlers that will be introduced to the river with the aid of these two new launches.


Shiawassee Adventure Paddle, Sunday June 5th.

The Holly to Fenton Canoe Races are coming, Sunday June 5, 2011. If you don't have a canoe or kayak, you can reserve one from Heavner Canoes at 248-685-2379. Prior to the morning races and the afternoon pleasure paddle, volunteers will have cleared the Shiawassee River of trees that have fallen over the winter. Doug Lanyk (248-634-4551) coordinates that work according to the guidelines set out by the MDNR Fisheries Division.

Concerned about safety? Headwaters Trails is providing volunteer spotters, stationed at various points down the river and a sweep boat will patrol for anyone in difficulty. Return transportation is provided by Heavner Canoes to ALL participants. Insurance through American Canoe Association requires that everyone wear PFD's. The river flows slowly and the depth in most places in only about two feet.

There are three race categories starting at 11:45 in the morning. The afternoon Pleasure Paddle begins 1:00pm. We encourage you to register ahead of time. However, you can register on site beginning at 10am up until 15 minutes before your event starts. Don't wait to the last minute!

Participant ribbons will be awarded to everyone and trophies will go to the top three finishers in each race. Come and join us for a great day at the "Top of the Shiawassee River Trail."

--the Volunteers of Headwaters Trails, Inc.

248-634-3513 answering machine; or 248-388-1313 cell phone for questions.



Headwaters Trails Applies for Brooksie Way Grant
In order to reach a broader paddling audience, Headwaters Trails has applied to the special fund
set up by Oakland County's Executive L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his son. The focus of
our application is to involve teenagers who have health risks and invite them to join us on June 5th
at our June 5th Adventure Paddle (races or pleasure paddling on the Shiawassee River).


Past News:

Art Work of Gayle Vandercook


Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 2009
Art Exhibits at Scripps Days
At William E. Scripps Estate, Lake Orion, MI
Works from Gayle Vandercook, Joan Farago, Victor Pytko and Gary Schwartz will be showcased
during the annual event at the mansion. Gayle Vandercook has been doing commissioned
illustrations for over 20 years. Her most recent work has been for Headwaters Trails--signage that
will be dedicated on October 3rd and sponsored by Saginaw Bay WIN. For the Scripps Day exhibit
please go to: http://friendsofscrippsestate.org/ .

Canoeing in Color Coming October 3

Beautiful fall paddle endorsed by Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

At WaterWorks Park, 690 S. Broad Street, Holly, there will be a 12:30 dedication of the Shiawasee River Heritage Water Trail followed by drawing for raffle winners at 1:00. Paddlers start out thereafter. Return transportation provided for $5. Canoe/kayak rentals on site with prior registration from Heavner Canoes 248-685-2379. Come enjoy a lovely Fall 3-hour paddle! Questions? 248-634-3513; sjulian@provide.net. This will be a rain or shine event. Volunteers Doug Lanyk and Willi Guttman have just cleared six blockages and cut out "face slappers" for your comfort.


Raffle Tickets $5 each Offer Great Prizes, Help Buy Land

Headwaters Trails is offering 3 great prizes in a raffle drawing on October 3 at WaterWorks
Park in Holly, when everyone is invited to turn out for our Fall event Canoeing in Color. Tickets
are $5 each. First prize is a beautiful blue Walden Kayak and accessories, valued at $1000.
Second prize is a three day stay at a furnished home on the Old Mission Peninsula. And third prize
is $100 cash. We hope to raise about $5000 for the canoe/kayak mid-point landing on Fish
Lake Road. You can purchase tickets by sending in this flyer and we'll mail you the number of tickets
you specify, or visit one of these stores that are helping us sell: Coleman's Garage in Holly, Cycle Fit
in Fenton, Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation offices, and The Toy Store and Bear Creek in Linden.



Our Partner, Highland Equestrian Conservancy, Buys a Connector Parcel

With the help of a $10,000 grant from the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource, the Highland Eques-
trian Conservancy purchased a four acre parcel north of Highland Oaks County Park. The parcel opens
up a route north from Highland Oaks, potentially along an unused county road, and along back roads to
Rose Oaks County Park. This is the first step in completing the planned multi-use non-motorized connector in
Rose Township. Next steps will be to see how to extend the pathway through Rose Oaks and then west along
the electric transmission corridor into Livingston County. An opening ceremony for the four acres was held
Monday, September 14, 2009 with supporters and governmental representatives all celebrating this grass
roots success.





More Race News:

Here are times for additional participants:

Brett Dohnal (1:45:50)
Paul Gambka (2:48:05)
Tom Smith (3:10:50)
Richard Rotrumel (2:52)
Christine Smith (2:12)
Lisa Brazzil (2:12)
David Wykec (2:15)
Diane Anderson (2:15)
Aaron Warbling (2:16)
Katie Stone (2:16)
Gail and Bill Vandercook (2:27)
Lori Perry (2:40)
Susan Alexander (2:52)
Ed Krupa (3:02)
Page Ballinger and Inga Garzelewski (3:05)
Mary Jean Carlson (3:05)
John Stout (3:18)
Sarah Shaw (3:22)
James Shaw (3:22)
Kaitlyn Koss (3:24)
Charles Koss (3:24)
Margatet Martin (3:28)
Robert Hof (3:28)
Chris Cherry (4:08)

Thanks to all who helped produce and provide safety for the paddle down the Shiawassee on Sunday May 18th.
Chris Baum, registration; Doug Lanyk, set up and sweep boat; Willi Gutmann, Race Master and course set up;
Maggie Yerman and Delores Vliet, information booth; Chuck Julian, timer; Chris Harbowy, parking; Ian Rosa, end
point greeter; Margaret Martin and Stacy Kitchen; Gisela King, volunteer check-in; Josh McCreedy, saftey
spotter; Denise Smith, safety spotter, the staff of Heavner Canoes, the Holly Police Department, the Holly
DPW, and Sue Julian, race organizer. Providing back up support were Mary Blanchard, Merle Richmond
and Dot LaLone and the many hands of WWAM volunteers.
Tim Stallcup turned the video cams at the Waste Water Treatment Plant toward the river and images of the
paddlers can be seen at http://home.comcast.net/~hollywastewater.

The seemingly simple event had many hidden costs and the adventure of the river paddle could not have taken
place without the help of our sponsors. Dort Federal Credit Union, Tanglewood Assisted Living and City Aluminum
Foundry were especially generous. Thank you one and all!


Tornado!! Thank you for responding to this message:

"Many trees are down in the river and the banks of the river are a mess. We are scheduling work days for anyone who is willing to wade in the river, pull branches to the side, chain saw out the biggest trunks, and help anchor large sections to the river bank to create more fish habitat. Headwaters Trail will obtain permission from landowners in advance. The work involves wading in the river. Volunteers should wear either waders, or do what I do--wear long jeans and shoes that I don't mind getting wet. You might want a pair of light work gloves and your own bottled water--although I find the work in the river very pleasant and not exhausting, sort of like water aerobics!"

Thanks for volunteering!
Sue Julian
248-634-3523 hm ph.

8/27/07 - Ride the Rose and Cruise the Connector, Sunday August 26th was a Success

Headwaters Trails celebrated the 3rd annual Ride The Rose event and Grand Opening of the trails in Rose Oaks County Park. A citizen input process recommended improved access for passive use of this beautiful rural park and August 26th was the kick-off occasion.

Forty Equestrians rode the 3 1/2 miles of park trails and then headed out to "Cruise the Connector." This is a route that follows along gravel roads to Springfield Oaks County Park for a distance of 8.6 miles. A barbecue lunch awaited at the horse-friendly back fields in Springfield. Shuttle between the parks was provided by the Rose Oaks Equine Adventurers Club. Oakland County Parks provided coordination and signage and Oakland County Sheriffs patrolled the major street crossings. Thank you to all who made this sunny day a pleasure and a landmark occasion for northwest Oakland County.

Through pledges and donations, $420 was raised to help create more equestrian trails in this successful annual fundraiser. Watch for postings about how these funds will be used to advance our trail network.

 

7/28/07 - Shiawassee River Cleanup August 11th

The Shiawassee River needs your help! The river is shallow in August and it is the best time to work.

On Saturday, August 11th, volunteers will meet at Waterworks Park, opposite the Mill Pond on Broad Street at 9am. Teams of people will depart from there to half a dozen river access points to remove trash, open passage where trees block the river and create fish habitat by lashing trees to the riverbank. This work is supported by a mini-grant from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Please call 248-634-3513 to get an assignment appropriate to your interest and learn what tools to bring and clothing to wear.

A light lunch will wrap-up the morning's clean-up.

Thanks for volunteering! The Headwaters Trails Team

6/7/07 - Slow-speed Adventure

Elizabeth Shaw wrote a great article on June 7th in the Outdoors section of the Flint Journal after taking a trip on the Shiawassee between Holly and Fenton. It can be viewed at http://shiawassee-river.blogspot.com/

Canoeing in Color--You're invited.

Thanks to the amazing volunteers who responded after the tornado, the Shiawassee River is now open again between Holly and Fenton. On Saturday October 6, we will sponsor a paddle the whole seven miles starting at 1:00. Bring your own canoe or kayak or call Heavner Canoes at 248-685-2379 to rent one. Return trip transportation will be provided free. The river is warm, the skies are blue and this "slow-speed adventure" awaits you.

For more detailed information (how to negotiate the 4 beaver dams or why a short craft is preferred for the twisting sections of the river) just call Sue at 248-634-3513. An RSVP is appreciated by phone or e-mail at <sjulian@provide.net>

This event is co-sponsored with North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy, whose mission is to preserve the fields, streams and woods of our area.

 

Tornado!! Thank you for responding to this message:

"Many trees are down in the river and the banks of the river are a mess. We are scheduling work days for anyone who is willing to wade in the river, pull branches to the side, chain saw out the biggest trunks, and help anchor large sections to the river bank to create more fish habitat. Headwaters Trail will obtain permission from landowners in advance. The work involves wading in the river. Volunteers should wear either waders, or do what I do--wear long jeans and shoes that I don't mind getting wet. You might want a pair of light work gloves and your own bottled water--although I find the work in the river very pleasant and not exhausting, sort of like water aerobics!"

Thanks for volunteering!
Sue Julian
248-634-3523 hm ph.

8/27/07 - Ride the Rose and Cruise the Connector, Sunday August 26th was a Success

Headwaters Trails celebrated the 3rd annual Ride The Rose event and Grand Opening of the trails in Rose Oaks County Park. A citizen input process recommended improved access for passive use of this beautiful rural park and August 26th was the kick-off occasion.

Forty Equestrians rode the 3 1/2 miles of park trails and then headed out to "Cruise the Connector." This is a route that follows along gravel roads to Springfield Oaks County Park for a distance of 8.6 miles. A barbecue lunch awaited at the horse-friendly back fields in Springfield. Shuttle between the parks was provided by the Rose Oaks Equine Adventurers Club. Oakland County Parks provided coordination and signage and Oakland County Sheriffs patrolled the major street crossings. Thank you to all who made this sunny day a pleasure and a landmark occasion for northwest Oakland County.

Through pledges and donations, $420 was raised to help create more equestrian trails in this successful annual fundraiser. Watch for postings about how these funds will be used to advance our trail network.

 

7/28/07 - Shiawassee River Cleanup August 11th

The Shiawassee River needs your help! The river is shallow in August and it is the best time to work.

On Saturday, August 11th, volunteers will meet at Waterworks Park, opposite the Mill Pond on Broad Street at 9am. Teams of people will depart from there to half a dozen river access points to remove trash, open passage where trees block the river and create fish habitat by lashing trees to the riverbank. This work is supported by a mini-grant from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Please call 248-634-3513 to get an assignment appropriate to your interest and learn what tools to bring and clothing to wear.

A light lunch will wrap-up the morning's clean-up.

Thanks for volunteering! The Headwaters Trails Team

6/7/07 - Slow-speed Adventure

Elizabeth Shaw wrote a great article on June 7th in the Outdoors section of the Flint Journal after taking a trip on the Shiawassee between Holly and Fenton. It can be viewed at http://shiawassee-river.blogspot.com/

5/21/07 - Race Results

Seventy-nine participants paddled in either the race categories or the Pleasure Paddle and all had a good time. James Kimball, Manager of the Troy branch of Recreational Equipment Incorporated acted as Race Master and received the thanks of the paddling community for the grant that funded the newly installed canoe/kayak launch in WaterWorks Park along with landscaping improvements.

EXPERT CLASS Canoe # 5 Time: 1:20 Martin Spees & Jimmy Spaulding; Canoe #1 Time: 1:36 Travis Sanderson & Kristy Wilson; Canoe #2 Time: 1:38 John and Ben Cox; Canoe #3 Time: 1:40 John and Atticus Keesling; Canoe#4 Time: 1:59 Kevin and Jake Keesling

NOVICE/YOUTH CLASS Canoe #3 Time: 1:21 Tim and Kurt Marth; Canoe #1 Time: 1:50 Lloyd and Matt Kernen; Canoe #2 Time: 1:59 Nikki Grazetti and Tony Schutz

KAYAK/SINGLE PERSON CANOE Kayak #2 Time: 1:15:31 Ken Foss; Kayak #1 Time: 1:15:40 Mark Irish; Kayak # 4 Time: 1:17 Mark Spencer; Kayak #5 Time: 1:44 Jennell Tillman; Kayak #6 Time: 2:14 Julie Sturgis; Kayak #3 Time: 2:18 Laurie Perry

PLEASURE PADDLE Canoe # 10 Time: 1:51 Bruce Lowe with Ben Lowe & Ben Curtis; Canoe # 16 Time: 1:53 Tim, FC and Sam Philips; Canoe # 17 Time: 1:55 Tom Brandau; Canoe # 18 Time 1:55 Sharon Clark; and 33 others who enjoyed the seven mile trip on the Shiawassee River.

Many thanks to the 2007 Sponsors: The State Bank of Holly, City Aluminum Foundry, and Mike LaLone Well Drilling, and to the cooperation of the Village of Holly Police Department. The event went off smoothly and safely with the help of Headwaters Trails volunteers: Mary Blanchard, Chris Baum, Tim Early, Barb Erickson, Willi Guttman, Chuck Goss, Steve Hoffman, Chuck Julian, Tim Julian, Sue Julian, Doug Lanyk, Nicole LeBlanc, Riley McLincha, Dennis Terry, Anthony Torres, Jim Wright, and Keith Wright.

5/11/07 - 2007 River Race Around The Corner

The start of our Third Annual Holly to Fenton Canoe Race is near. Get your canoes and kayaks ready for May 20th when the race kicks off at Waterworks Park in Holly (click here for a map). If you haven't already registered, download the registration form.

3/25/07- You're invited to the Dedication of the Charles Harding Mott II Bridge and the R.E.I. funded canoe launch in WaterWorks Park at 10 am on April 27, 2007.

Charles Mott II Bridge DedicationParking for the ceremonies will be on the north side of WaterWorks Park, opposite the Millpond on Broad Street in Holly. We appreciate the financial support of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and the grant awarded by Recreational Equipment Incorporated of Troy that have made these improvements possible. We will also honor the countless hours of volunteer time and the individual contributions made to this trailhead site. Join us!

2/15/07 - Third Annual Canoe Race, Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Third Annual Holly to Fenton Canoe Race will take place on the morning of Sunday, May 20 and a Pleasure Paddle will begin shortly after 1:00 in the afternoon. Registration for the races in various categories will start at 10 am on site. However, advance registration is preferred. Each of the events have become a favorite Spring introduction to the canoeing and kayaking season. The starting point will feature the newly built launch site and better river access across the completed Charles Harding Mott II bridge. Details of the event are available on the registration flyer which can be downloaded from this site. The entrance fee includes river information, insurance, a sweep boat & safety spotters, return transportation to the starting site, and trophies for first and second place winners. Come and enjoy the "Top of the Shiawassee" as it displays its winding turns, wild life and surprising river diversity.

For canoe registration call Heavner Canoe rental at 248-685-2379 or go to the web site at www.heavnercanoe.com. North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy is inviting their friends to join the afternoon Pleasure Paddle, and those folks can reserve canoes in the same way.

12/4/06 - Roz Savage to Speak at Fundraiser, March 24, 2007

Roz Savage, the first woman to complete the Cross Atlantic Rowing Competition solo, will speak in Fenton at the AGS Middle School Cafetorium, 3255 Donaldson Drive. Proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to the development of the Top of the Shiawassee River Trail. For tickets, print out the event flyer and send it to Headwaters Trails, Inc.

bridge construction11/30/06 - Work on Harding Mott II Bridge

Groundbreaking for the Harding Mott II Pedestrian Bridge in Waterworks Park began in late November. It should be ready for the 2007 canoing season and a dedication ceremony will be held on Arbor Day, April 27. Funding for this connector is provided by the Greater Flint Community Foundation.

10/27/06 -- Stabilization of the WaterWorks Building

WaterWorks Park in Holly contains the historic WaterWorks building. Follow this link for more information and photos of the turn of the century structure and waterworks equipment. Volunteers are needed to stabilize the structure prior to restoration of the interior. The effort is being lead by Chuck Julian (248-335-8785) and Brad Rebar (248-634-5141).

help build a canoe launch10/9/06 -- Come Help Build the Launch

Continuing on November 18 and 19, we will install the new launch that the $3094 REI gift has made possible. This involves cutting a few trees, excavating the shallow pathway, laying down geotextile fabric and spreading gravel - all handwork in this floodplain location. At the same time, we will be laying down the 1/4 mile walking path around the park perimeter.

We would appreciate your assistance constructing these improvements. Call Sue Julian at home, 248-634-3513, if you can help.

REI Award for Canoe Launch10/1/06 -- REI Awards Funds for Canoe Launch

REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) awarded $3094 to Headwaters Trails to construct a canoe/kayak launch in Waterworks Park, Holly. REI nationwide operates as a cooperative which generates funds for local activists to enhance recreational opportunities. On October 1, as 55 paddlers set out to "Canoe in Color" on the Shiawassee, Mr. James Kimball of the Troy REI store,at 766 E. Big Beaver Road, presented the award. Onlookers applauded the idea and welcomed the gift of an easier trailhead launch site.

9/9/06 -- Celebrate the season--Canoe in Color on October 1st with NOHLC

Bring your canoe or kayak to WaterWorks Park in Holly and paddle through the gathering autumn splendor. The free event will start at 11 am. You can do a short paddle of only one hour or continue on to Fenton through some wild areas for a longer 3 1/2 to 4 hour trip. Return service will be provided. The river is open, thanks to the volunteers who have just cleared the river of downed trees. For more information, contact North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy, our partner in preserving the beauty of the Shiawassee River, at 248-846-6547. If you don't have a canoe or kayak, one may be rented by calling 248-685-2379 or visiting the Heavner Canoe Rental website at www.heavnercanoe.com.

7/28/06--Ride the Rose Equestrian Fundraiser August 27

Join us for a Sunday ride in the country on August 27. Trailer in your horse to ride the back roads of Rose Township in Oakland County and explore the trails of Rose Oaks County Park. At the same time, you will be raising funds for establishing more horse friendly routes in North Oakland county. Enjoy a light lunch at Springfield Oaks, the end of the trail. Check out the day's schedule and download the registration and pledge forms.

6/7/06 -- Race Results for the Holly to Fenton Canoe/Kayak Race

Seventy-two participants turned out May 21st despite the cold and windy weather and paddled with the high water and stronger currents from Holly to Fenton. The best time was posted by Martin Spees and Jimmy Spaulding - 1:14:15 in a canoe sponsored by The State Bank. Ken Foss posted the best time for a solo kayak of 1:20:19, sponsored by Kerton Lumber. In the novice class, Steve Williams and Tim Marth paddled to a finish of 1:25:55. For complete results, click here. Headwaters Trails invites everyone to return next spring for the third annual canoe/kayak event, scheduled for Sunday May 20, 2007.

4/4/06 -- Holly to Fenton Canoe/Kayak Event Planned for Sunday, May 21

shiawassee race startThe Second Annual Holly to Fenton Canoe and Kayak Races, plus a Pleasure Event for the not so competitive, will take place on Sunday, May 21. Registration on site will begin at 10am, but advance registration at a reduced entry fee is preferred. Print out and send in your entry using the registration form on this site. The race results from last year's "Preview Race" and photos of the race winners indicate that a lot of fun was had by all.

canoe in wooded sectionThe current is slow, but the river winds and turns through village, forest, marsh and millpond, making it both more challenging and more scenic. The start is at WaterWorks Park in Holly and the finish is seven miles downstream at Strom Park in Fenton (see map). Return transportation is provided to the starting point, where trophies and ribbons will be awarded in the different categories. You can help our "River Ducks" volunteers remove obstructions on April 23 & 30 and May 7. Call 248-634-3513 for more information. Come out and enjoy a beautiful, wild river that has an "up north" feel without the long drive (see mapquest map).

2/8/05 -- Option Signed to Buy Mid-Point Landing

Headwaters Trail has signed an option to purchase one acre of property at Fish Lake Road on the Shiawassee River for $20,000. The Sporting Lands Alliance assisted in working with the homeowner to make it possible to create a mid-point landing for the "Top of the Shiawassee" River Trail. The location is the only road access. Paddlers will be able to take a short trip from WaterWorks Park in Holly and get out 45 minutes to 1 hour later at the mid-point landing. Alternatively, river users can start a journey at Fish Lake Road and continue to Fenton through an undeveloped and scenic landscape. Contributions to this project may be addressed to Headwaters Trail, P.O. Box 33, Holly, MI 48442-0033.

9/19/05 -- Tom's of Maine Grant Received for Canoe Trail

Headwaters Trial announces the receipt of a generous grant from Tom's of Maine awarded through the National Park Foundation. The grant will enable us to negotiate an option to buy land at Fish Lake Road for a midpoint landing on the "Top of the Shiawassee" River Trail. This will make alternate short trips possible and provide a public location on the trail which otherwise winds through private lands. Please read on by clicking here.

10/9/05 -- Fall Color on the Shiawassee

fall color on the shiawasseeBring your kayak or canoe on Sunday, October 9 to celebrate nature on the newly opened "Top of the Shiawassee" Water Heritage Trail from Holly to Fenton. We'll assemble at WaterWorks park around 1:00 pm and start down the river in individual groups. Strom Park in Fenton is the take out location where you can park your return vehicle. Plan to enjoy a crisp, fall day and learn about the continuing improvements to the trail that are planned.

8/18/05 -- River Clean-up Scheduled for August 25

shiawasse river cleanupWe'll do a quick clean-up at selected points along the river trail after work on Thursday, August 25. Join us at WaterWorks Park at 6pm for a sandwich and a work assignment. Wear clothes appropriate for wading in the river and bring your gloves. Call Sue Julian at 248-634-3513 for more information.

8/12/05 -- Equestrian Trails Fundraiser August 28

Horse owners in Northwest Oakland are invited to participate in "Ride the Rose" and "Cruise the Connector" on Sunday August 28 from 9 to 2 pm. The cost is $25 plus all the pledges you can solicit to aid in the effort to establish equestrian friendly trails, particulary those within and connecting to Rose Oaks and Springfield Oaks County Parks. Download forms and further details from www.oaklandequestrians.org.

6/7/05 -- Race Results Updated

Full race stats for all racers and classes have been added to the race information page, available in an MS Excel file for download. Pictures of the race winners are also up. A compliation CD of all of the race images taken by the organizers is under development.

6/4/05 -- "Preview" Holly to Fenton Race was a Big Success

The smiles of President Dot LaLone and Timer Joann Gabaw tell the story. It was a fine sunny day and 81 people in 52 boats headed downriver seven miles to Fenton. The river proved challenging but the best times will stand until the next annual race. Soon we’ll have more photos of the beautiful river itself and all the people that enjoyed it that day.

3/31/05 -- Canoe Race from Holly to Fenton: June 4th, 2005

Holly to Fenton Canoe/Kayak RaceSign up, sponsor or help organize canoe/kayak races for various ages and experience groups. On Saturday, June 4th participants will start at Waterworks Park in Holly and paddle seven river miles on the Shiawassee to Strom Park in Fenton. The route will follow the water heritage trail being developed by Headwaters Trails. Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the race [safety, parking, signage, registration, events and timing]. Sponsorships at multiple levels will be officially recognized and greatly appreciated. Take a look at some photos of the trail route that racers will take.

3/8/05 -- Conservation Easement on WaterWorks Wetlands

The Village of Holly and the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy collaborated on an agreement to protect the wetlands in WaterWorks Park that include the braided channels of the Shiawassee River. The conservation easement will protect this floodplain area in perpetuity. NOHLC will provide yearly inspections and invasive species management and the Village of Holly will provide the public with scenic viewing opportunities and a canoe launch from its park setting.

2/2/05 -- WaterWorks Park History search

The search is on for details of the past history of the WaterWorks building and the surrounding area so that the Harding Mott bridge can be erected without obscuring the heritage of the trailhead. History buffs are considering ways to preserve the existing machinery and restore the building. Anyone with knowledge or an interest in late nineteenth century water works is invited to contribute information. The sub-committee is headed by Brad Rebar, 248-634-5141.

12/11/04 -- 5K Trail completed in Sorensen Park

At the eastern trailhead of our pathway system, Headwaters Trails has completed a new all-season trail in Sorensen Park, 5142 East Holly Road. Signage indicates how many kilometers an exerciser or casual visitor has covered on the 5K path, named for the Holly Township Park mascot, Hiker T. Moose. The wood-chipped surface makes for comfortable hikes past the wetland and prairie areas. A visitor can reach the Charles Harding Mott II Shiawassee River Overlook at the trail's midpoint and see the remarkable vista of the extended marshes and fens along the Shiawassee River. For trail maps or more information call the Park Office at 248-634-1758.

6/18/04 – Planners paddle the proposed River Trail.

Representatives of Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services, Oakland County Trails Advisory Council, The Nature Conservancy, and North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy joined local residents in an exploration of the proposed river trail from Holly to Fenton. Afterwards they offered suggestions for the trail’s design, trail amenities and safety considerations. These suggestions will be taken up by members of the River Trail Implementation Committee, whose first meeting is July 22.

6/1/04 – Community Foundation for Greater Flint awards $28,015 for trailhead bridge.

Responding to an application for a grant to make WaterWorks park more accessible, the Community Foundation for Greater Flint awarded funds to complete a pedestrian bridge that will link the north and south halves of the park which are now divided by the water works sluice. The grant will also cover the engineering and approach structures for the 8 foot wide bridge. The bridge will honor the memory of Harding Mott II who joined area residents in preserving the Shiawassee headwaters. Work will be completed by Fall of 2005.

2/3/04 - Trail Information Updated

We've added new content about the proposed trails to the website. Each trail has a description of the route and sights to see, complete with thumbnailed pictures. Click the images to the left of the trail information to see a larger version of the image.

The new trail info can be found on the "Proposed Trail Routes" page, or by following these direct links:

11/13/03 - GreenWays Predevelopment Grant Final Report

Headwaters Trails Inc recently submitted a report to the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, which runs the GreenWays Initiative. The GreenWays Initiative supports the predevelopment trail work of Headwaters Trails.

Covered in the report:

  • details of the to-date trail implementation progress
  • the predevelopment grant final budget
  • an evaluation of Headwaters Trails' progress
  • future Headwaters Trails plans for trail construction and promotion of recreational activities

To view the report, choose a file format and click on the link:

Adobe Acrobat .pdf (29K)

Microsoft Word 2000 .doc (35K)

11/13/03 - Run Like the Dickens

A 5K Run and Walk presented by Pulte Homes, to be held on December 13, 2003. Also featured: "Tiny Tim Trot" for children, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Mile Runs (ages 13 and under). Presented in conjunction with the 30th Annual Dickens Olde Fashioned Christmas Festival in Holly, Michigan.

About the Races:

  • This event is a fund raiser for the Holly High School Track Team (host of the Holly Invitational Cross Country meet) and is also supported by Headwaters Trails, Inc.
  • The course runs through Historic Holly.
  • Registration and Start at the Karl Richter Campus (920 E. Baird Street, Holly 48442). Registration at 7:30 AM, Race Start at 9:00. Kids race will be held on the track at approximately 10:30 AM. Long sleeve tee-shirt guaranteed to early entries.
  • Timing by Champion Chip technology.
  • 5K Run Awards: first male and female, first male and female "Master", first three "Heavyweights" (220+ lbs.) and top three male and female in 16 age groups, including 75+ Walk Awards: first male and female, and first three male and female in 11 age groups.

On-line registration available at http://www.signmeupsports.com/index_run.htm. Applications are also available at Bauman's Running and Fitness Store, or by calling Sherylynn Everly at home at 248-634-4683.

After the race, stay for the Dickens Parade, and the 30th edition of the annual Dickens Olde Fashioned Christmas Festival. Live entertainment, great shopping, food, music and tons of fun. Even Santa will be in town for this!


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