Spring River Cleanup

River Cleanup Teamwork

This is our annual spring cleanup of the Shiawassee River. Headwaters Trails members along with members of other Shiawassee River groups get involved in river cleanups with many willing volunteers.  These cleanups are done using Best Practices methods, as spelled out by the MDNR.  We clear the river enough that boats can get through yet leave most of the trees in the water for bank protection and fish habitat.  The work involves cutting trees and brush with loppers, hand saws, and chain saws, and pulling trash from the river, meaning anything from paper, bottles, cans, old tires, and other debris that either got washed into the river or was thrown in.  If this is something that you would like to do with us, contact Chuck Julian with your name, phone number and email address, if you have one.  He will put you on the list of people to call for cleanups.

Dates are subject to change depending on river conditions.

As in the past, we will be cleaning up sections of the river using small groups to tackle a short section of the river on each day. These will include:

Saturday May 18

Holly Water Works Park 42.786253643033504, -83.62587240375444 to
Strom Park 42.79423638830447, -83.7016649786091

Fenton Bush Park 42.79952822735045, -83.70709482345623 to
Torrey Road 42.815398, -83.725463

Hogan Road 42.815636, -83.802326 to
Cole Road 42.811694, -83.835789

Duffield Road 42.81684802516825, -83.89533940501003 to
Bird Road 42.80876852902685, -83.87521210857541


Sunday May 19

Linden Dam 42.815722919011115, -83.7831034033531 to
Hogan Road 42.815636, -83.802326

Cole Road 42.811694, -83.835789 to
McCaslin Lake Road 42.80414318808905, -83.85434720506106

McCaslin Lake Road 42.80414318808905, -83.85434720506106 to
Bird Road 42.80876852902685, -83.87521210857541

Duffield Road 42.81684802516825, -83.89533940501003 to
Byron Mill Pond 42.82194260705861, -83.93856052109226

Byron Ball Field 42.823288238452704, -83.94624773205116 to
Walnut Hills Campground 42.84048967306935, -84.00882366856169

All groups will meet at 8 am at their respective start location. Please sign up in advance, so we know if you plan to join us and can distribute volunteers equally. Starting locations may vary, so we will be updating volunteers as we get closer to the dates.

Each group will have a leader to make decisions as to what to cut and anchor as well as what to leave. They will guide the groups and provide instruction on proper techniques as needed.