Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail

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The Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail is a 7 miles (11 km) water trail in the Shiawassee River, within Genesee County and Oakland County, Metro Detroit, southeastern Michigan.

The 7 miles (11 km) water trail in the Shiawassee River begins in Holly, Michigan at WaterWorks Park and extends seven miles downstream to Strom Park in Fenton, Michigan. There are signs that discuss the trail, its history and what to expect along the trail.

The City of Fenton maintains a boat launch at Strom Park. From there, one has to portage around the Fenton Mill Pond Dam. The Keepers of the Shiawassee in cooperation with the City of Fenton Parks Commission has built a canoe launch in Bush Park. From Bush Park down stream, the next official take out is the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’s boat launch in Lake Ponemah. The City of Linden has a take out above the Linden Mill Pond Dam and a put in just below it, with a path to use for portaging around the dam.

The trail continues to be extended every year as University of Michigan-Flint’s University Outreach program continues to work with local governments to take an active role in protecting natural infrastructure such as rivers and streams.

Trail Distance:

  • Sites 1-3 (7 miles)
  • Sites 4-7 (7 miles)
  • Sites 7-9 (5 miles)
  • Sites 10-11 (4 miles)
  • Sites 11-12 (7 miles)

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Trail Description:

The Shiawassee River is a shallow, slow moving stream which features an “Up North-Close by” view of nature starting from the old water works building in the Village of Holly and traveling seven river miles downstream through an unspoiled natural landscape to Strom Park in the City of Fenton. Travel another seven miles down river as it continues to wind through Fenton’s parks, Lake Ponemah, Tupper Lake, and Linden Mill Pond. The river becomes more secluded and wild past Historic Linden wonding for eight miles through wetlands and woods into Argentine.

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