Supporting new trails.
- Beginning with the dinner hour on February 18, O’Malley’s Galley in Fenton will support the efforts of Headwaters Trails to build regional pathways and a paddling trail on the Shiawassee River by contributing a portion of the evening’s sales between 5 and 9:30 pm.
Come out socialize and eat with the outdoors lovers of Headwaters Trails on the third Thursday of each month. In the future interesting programs will be scheduled. Meet people with similar interests and enjoy the acclaimed cuisine of O’Malley’s Galley on Owen Road at US 23 in Fenton. Support trails and eat heartily!
Check it out: www.omalleysgalley.com.
Have dinner before or after the kickoff meeting of the friends of the Shiawassee.
February 18th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center
Learn about the Keepers of the Shiawassee and efforts to make the Shiawassee River a recreation destination! Learn about the cool things happening on the Shiawassee River in Genesee County including recreational opportunities and plans for future improvements!
Please RSVP to 810-591-0080.
Contact: Sara McDonnell
Come and Find Out What’s Rippling Through Our Community!
The Shiawassee River, the liquid ribbon that flows through Holly, Fenton, Linden and Argentine all the way to the Saginaw River, is the topic of discussion for the first Keepers of the Shiawassee meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010.
The Keepers of the Shiawassee is a volunteer group that is beginning to develop the river as a paddling trail by organizing cleanups, installation of signage, and canoe/kayak launches. “The Shiawassee River is one of our greatest resources and has the opportunity to provide recreation and economic development to our region” stated Maggie Yerman an advocate for the Shiawassee River and key organizer of Keepers of the Shiawassee.
Keepers of the Shiawassee has grown out of efforts started by Headwaters Trails, Inc in Holly that created a paddling trail along the river from Holly to Fenton, and who organize an annual canoe race. Though local river cleanups occur in Fenton, Linden and Argentine, there has not been an organized effort to link volunteers in Genesee County to develop and promote the river. The Keepers of the Shiawassee hope to establish the water trail with safe and legal launch and landing sites and facilities every 4 to 6 river miles for novice and recreational paddlers.
The water trail would not stop in Genesee County, the development and promotion of the river is spearheaded by Friends of the Shiawassee River in Shiawassee County. At the end of the day, these collective groups hope to see a paddling trail that’s nearly 100 miles long from Holly all the way to the Shiawassee Flats. Last year, the Fenton Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint lent it’s support to the River by providing a grant to the Center for Applied Environmental Research, UM-Flint to create interpretive signage, brochure, and develop a canoe launch. “We are very pleased to be working with such great communities who embrace the River and see it as an opportunity to bring people in to enjoy nature and see what southern Genesee County has to offer” said Sara McDonnell, program coordinator at UM-Flint.