The Friends of the Maple River is a citizens group organized to help promote and foster the wise use of the Maple River and it's watershed.


"All life is part of our Earth’s complex ecosystem. People share space on this planet with all other forms of life (flora & fauna) and we interact with this planets air, water, soils and minerals. It is in our best interest to promote and support a healthy and sustainable environment. The Maple River and it’s watershed is a cohesive unit that reflects our behavior and actions relative to it’s survival. We all need to make a commitment to promote the wise use of the Maple River and it’s watershed.”    Edward J. Mikula - Biologist


SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, 2016 (April 23rd, make-up date) Contact: Jack Nutter @ 989-862-5541 to sign up to help


Friends of the Maple River (FOMR)

10th Annual Maple River Spring Clean-up project & log jam removal. Sat. April 16th.

Don't forget this weekend's FOMR Maple River Spring Clean-up!

Come volunteer and join us as we do our annual spring clean-up and log jam removal along the Maple River. We will meet Sat. April 16th at 9AM at the South side of old Elsie Dam located on the West side of the village of Elsie. The location is about 1/2 mi. from the main intersection in Elsie on East Island Rd., which is W. Main St. in Elsie. Look for the FOMR sign just before the curve and the bridge over the Maple River, we will be on the right, the North side of the road by the old bridge. Volunteers will receive instructions, assignments and supplies. Dress appropriately for the weather and possible wet, muddy conditions on the banks of the river. We will not be working in the river, just along the shore line. Boots or shoes that can get wet are advised and a pair of work gloves help protect your hands. We will be working until 1PM or so.

Crews will be assigned areas of the river to remove trash from bridge crossings and public access sites along sections of the river from the shore. Other crews will float the river in canoes or kayaks and will be helping to remove log jams and trees that are blocking the river along with removing with trash. All participants floating the river need to wear a PFD, personal flotation device when on the river! Safety First!

For more information about the Maple River Clean-up project and how you can help, please contact:
Jack Nutter at: 989-862-5541

More information will be posted at the sites below.

FOMR web site:
Like us on Facebook at: Friends of the Maple River
Or follow us on Twitter at: FOMR@FOMapleRiver

NOTE: Alternate date in case of rain or high water is April 23rd.

2015 FOMR river clean-up volunteers gathered at the Old Dam West of Elsie


Looking Glass River Expedition 2016”

Begins in Dewitt on Thursday June 2, and ends in Portland on Sunday, June 5.

Call Jon Morrison @ 989-224-1106 if interested

Scheduled FOMR meetings in 2016

(7 PM start unless otherwise indicated)

March 23 – Clinton County Court House

May 18 – To be determined

July 20 – Float Muskrat Lake?

September 21 – To be determined

Now Available For Sale!

The New, updated 2nd Edition

Maple River

Trail Guide

& Maple River Watershed History.

Now on Waterproof Paper!

The Maple River Trail Guide is a waterproof paper flip guide to the Maple River. It contains maps, distances between stops, and the Maple River History. It is now available to purchase for $15. The River Guides can be purchased at any of the bimonthly meetings or other FOTMR events. Or you can email us at and we can see about making other delivery arrangements on a case by case basis.



Upper Maple River Watershed Management Planning Activity

A cooperative effort of local, state and federal government organizations, educational institutions, citizen/landowner groups, conservation groups, and the business community, to provide education, coordination and encourage public participation and support that will benefit the preservation and improvement of the Upper Maple River Watershed. Get more information HERE!

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