The Shiawassee River Water Trail has been designated as a "National Water Trail" by

U.S. National Park Service on October 22, 2020!



(A mini-celebration of our Shiawassee River National Water Trail designation

on Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 at the Village of Byron's launch!)

American Trails, the non-profit partner with the

U.S. National Park Service, issued their press release:


The Shiawassee River, along with the Island Loop (Port Huron, MI), Huron River, Lake Michigan Trail,

and the Flint River are now National Water Trails in the State of Michigan.

"State Water Trail"

Michigan Department of Natural Resources in December 2018: 

Read the Article!


     Click here to view the Shiawassee Water Trail Plan   


Curious about the Shiawassee River? Check out these scenic views!


Shiawassee River Paddle Map Produced Thanks to Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network Grant


This Guide was produced by University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint in partnership with Keepers of the Shiawassee, Headwaters Trails and Friends of the Shiawassee River.  We offer our Special Thanks to Dora Dingwall, Phil Hathaway, Sue Julian, Mary Smith, Debbie McCarty, Joetta Pyles-Zalewski, and Maggie Yerman. This hard working team made it happen! 

Local Information The Shiawassee River Water Trail is maintained by local volunteers, municipal leaders, and professional resources working to enhance recreational opportunities and the environmental stewardship of the Shiawassee River. We envision a developed paddling trail from Holly to the Shiawassee Flats that will allow residents and tourists to enjoy the Shiawassee River and the communities along its course. We believe in and promote Leave No Trace Ethics and Share the Resource values as we work to protect the integrity of the river as a valuable natural and community resource. Who We Are The Water Trail Committee is a volunteer committee supported by local resource professionals. Three major groups organize social events, river cleanups, and water quality monitoring.

CLICK HERE to view the 2016 Shiawassee River Water Trail Map

Come Paddle With Us!