The character of the Shiawassee River water trail can be described as country scenic, wooded wetland, rural residential, or trail town. This provides a diversity of paddling experiences along our water trail, offering opportunities for isolation, wildlife viewing, group paddles, or multi-modal trips.
Recreation on the water trail includes kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding along with motorized boats and jetskis on the impoundments in Fenton, Linden and Byron, Lake Ponemah and Tupper Lake. Several local and county parks are along the water trail and offer opportunities for picnicking, fishing, and connections to nonmotorized trails. The water trail features a paddle up restaurant in Fenton, two paddle-up campgrounds, thirteen public parks, and eight trail towns offering amenities to travelers.
Historic features along the trail include Fenton's Historical Museum, Linden Historical Museum, Knagg's bridge and trading post, Corunna's Historic Village, Owosso's 1223 Steam Locomotive Rail Museum, Curwood Castle, and Comstock Cabin.
The Shiawassee River Water Trail features many historic towns. The Village of Holly, Fenton, Linden, Corunna and Owosso are all along historic Native American trading routes, and became river-based trading towns from the early to mid-1800's water power mills. Shiawassee River trail towns provide an abundance of rural and small town to semi-urban experiences, all in view from the river. There are several lovely towns along the Shiawassee River that provide places to dine, stay overnight, shop, and be entertained.
|Mile Marker||Place Name||Point of Interest||Viewable from River?|
|0||Holly||Historic Downtown||No; nearby|
|0||Holly||Walking Trail/River Trail Intersection||Yes|
|6.7||Fenton||Mill Site Portage||Yes|
|7.2||Fenton||Rackham Park; Downtown; Community & Cultural Center||Yes|
|Fenton||Bush Park; Playground and Picnic Area; Public Events||Yes|
|13.4||Linden||Mill Pond; Village Museum; EZ Kayak Rental||Yes|
|n/a||Byron||Confluence with South Branch of the Shiawassee River||Yes with short upstream paddle|
|34.2||Byron||Walnut Hills Family Campground; Cheff's Canoe Rental||Yes|
|37.3||Bancroft Area||Cole Road--Site of first trading post; now the Burns Grange||No|
|41.2||Bancroft Area||Geeck County Park||Yes|
|41.2||Bancroft Area||YMCA Day Camp--walking trails; Nature Conservancy protection area; nature preserve forest||Yes|
|47.4||Shiatown||Site of 1st State Capital; Native American Indian Village; Boat Race History; Maple River Outwash Valley||Yes|
|50.3||Village of Vernon||Village Park; Downtown; Village History||Yes|
|54.3||Shiatown to Lytle||Martin Road Riffle Zone||Yes|
|55.3||Corunna||Lytle Road County Park||Yes|
|58.5||Corunna||Brady St. Landing; Walking Trail Link; McCurdy Park; Historic Village & Disc Golf||Yes|
|59.3||Corunna||Start of James Miner River Walkway||Yes|
|61.9||Owosso||Oakwood Ave Landing; Oakwood Iron Bridge; Willman Field; Historic RailRoad Museum||Yes|
|61.9||Owosso||Voight Loop Park Riverside Walkway; Comstock Raingarden||Yes|
|63.0||Owosso Middle School Landing||Curwood Castle Park, Art Gallery, Amphitheater, Comstock Cabin, Footbridge, Historic Homes Walking Tour||Yes|
|63.0||Owosso Middle School Landing||National Guard Armory; Chamber of Commerce Services||Yes|
|65.8||Owosso||Harmon Patridge Park Walking Trail & Curwood Tree||Yes|
|67.2||Owosso||DeVries Nature Conservancy Interpretive Nature Trails||Yes, w/Landing Dock|
|70||Owosso||Shiawassee Conservation Association; foundation of Michigan United Conservation Clubs; Country Club||Yes, no Landing|
|73.8||Henderson County Park||County Park; Walking Trails||Yes|
|75.4||New Haven; Six Mile Creek||Former Coal Mine; 1885 Iron Bridge;||Yes, carry-in landing|
|87.42||Chesaning||Showboat Park Facilities||Yes|
|88.34||Chesaning||Downtown Landing (in development)||Yes|