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 Fens/Lake Districts Yes
0 Holly Historic Downtown No; nearby
0 Holly Walking Trail/River Trail Intersection Yes
6.5 Fenton Strom Park Yes
6.7 Fenton Mill Site Portage Yes
  Fenton Historic Downtown 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
13.4 Linden Historic Downtown Yes
  Argentine Commercial Services No
21.6 Argentine McCaslin Lake Yes
30 Byron Downtown 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
82.8 Parshallburg Historic Settlement Yes
87.42 Chesaning Showboat Park Facilities Yes
88.34 Chesaning Downtown Landing (in development) Yes