Shiawassee River Update

Grant money has Shiawassee River Trail set to become reality in Southern Genessee County; announcement expected Wednesday

 by Eric Fish| The Flint Journal Tuesday June 09, 2009, 5:00 AM

LINDEN, Michigan — The Shiawassee River is soon to become a recreation destination. A $16,000 grant to University Outreach at U-M Flint from the Fenton Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is expected to put the finishing touches on the water trail’s start-up. The project, dubbed the “Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail,” is expected to run from Holly to Argentine Township, enhancing the area as a destination for paddling enthusiasts.

The grant is expected to pay for a canoe launch in Argentine Township, signage along the river in Linden and Fenton and the development of a marketing brochure for the trail. The announcement is expected to be made Wednesday at 10 a.m. in downtown Linden.

The idea was brainstormed by Headwater Trails, who received a grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network in 2007 to develop and install mile markers and signage along the waterway. Docking points are also expected to be installed over time in the various communities for paddlers to enter town.

“Headwater Trails has worked tirelessly to make the river more visible and accessible in the community,” said Sue Julian, president of Headwater Trails. “We depend 100 percent on volunteers. This effort wouldn’t be possible without the help of our membership and community members who care for the river. Our vision is to see the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail developed and enjoyed from Holly all the way to Saginaw Bay.”

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