Coalition Seeks National Water Trail Designation for Shiawassee River


A water trail for the length of the Shiawassee? We're exploring the possibility!

On Tuesday, March 8th, over a dozen people gathered at Baker College of Owosso to meet with Barbara Nelson-Jameson (a trails planner with the National Park Service) to discuss forming a coalition for the purpose of seeking National Water Trail designation for the Shiawassee River from its headwaters in Holly to the Shiawassee Flats within the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw Township. 

In attendance were representatives of the Friends of the Shiawassee River, Headwaters Trail, Keepers of the Shiawassee, MSU Extension, Shiawassee Conservation District, and local government leaders from Linden, Fenton, Owosso, Chesaning and St. Charles, as well as a few super volunteers.  We will be making regular updates on the progress of the Shiawassee River National Water Trail Coalition and ways you can help support this effort. 

What is a National Water Trail and what are the benefits to securing the designation?

Learn More here: National Water Trails

Learn more about all the assets Shiawassee River has already, projects underway and the partners that keep our river beautiful, accessible and ready for fun here. (link coming soon)  

Are we missing anything? Your input is important to our success, so leave your comments and leads in the comment section or write us at  

Is your community engaged in the Coalition? Check out the list here: Shiawassee River National Water Trail Coalition (link and list coming soon)

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