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

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FOMR MEETING & FLOAT TRIP THIS WEDNESDAY July 11th!

FOMR members and friends,

Notice for this week's upcoming
Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) meeting,
Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Note that a notice will not be in newspapers for the meeting. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

The meeting will be at the Elsie Dam, just West of downtown Elsie, beginning at 7 PM per usual. FOMR member, longtime area resident and Maple River expert, Jack Nutter will be sharing his personal stories and recollections about the river for approximately ½ hour. Dawn Levey will give an update on the DuPlain Township Recreation Plan and Grant status and also plans for a work day at the dam. Any other business will also be addressed. Following this, for those that are interested an approximate 1 hour float will occur from Shepardsville Road downriver to the Elsie dam. It should be perfect weather for an evening paddle on the river. The weather is forecast to be in the low 80's to mid 70's, dress accordingly.


Please bring: lawn chairs to sit in, refreshments as you may desire for the meeting and canoe or kayak and float and safety gear (PFD's) if you intend to participate in the float. If you are in need of a craft to float in please respond to this message and we will see what we can come up with for you.

Please spread the word about the meeting, since it won’t be in the papers and we are looking forward to seeing you there.


Feel free to arrive a little early to get your craft ready to go into the water before the float starts after the meeting.

Anyone planning to paddle on the river must bring his or her own kayak, canoe or small jon boat, along with paddling equipment and life jackets (PFD's). Or make prior arrangements to ride with someone.


For more info contact: Jack Nutter at 989-292-1268 or 989-862-5541, Chris Mikula at 989-640-7104, wildcam@aol.com or Jon Morrison at 989-224-1106 all with the Friends of the Maple River.


As always, check our website http://www.friendsofthemapleriver.org/ or find us on Facebook @ Friends of the Maple River to stay in touch with what FOMR is up to. For for more information or to become a member, supporter, or donor of FOMR, contact us at:

email: FOMR_info@friendsofthemapleriver.org


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FOMR May meeting was Wed. May 16th!

The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) May Bi-Monthly meeting will be held at the boat launch at Muskrat Lake (on the south side of Jason Road ½ mile west of Dewitt Road and ½ mile east from Airport Road) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Follow the FOMR signs. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM.

The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend. Anyone interested in our watershed and aquatic invasive species is welcome to attend the meeting.


Erin Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator, Ingham Conservation District, of the Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) will be presenting on aquatic invasive species and the statewide Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, and how you can help reduce their spread between local lakes and rivers. There will be inspection demonstrations with paddling and boating equipment and free outreach materials available.


Attendees are encouraged to bring their watercraft of choice and plan to spend a little time on Muskrat Lake. There are recent signs of beaver activity on the lake, so you might try to catch a glimpse of a beaver or take a few minutes to fish and/or just take in the sites. Putting your craft in and out of the water will provide you the opportunity to practice the full extent of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters initiative. Feel free to arrive a little early to get your craft ready to go into the water once the program starts at 6. Anyone planning to paddle on the lake must bring his or her own paddling equipment and life jackets (PFD's).

Please take this opportunity to embrace Mid-Michigan CISMA activities to fight invasive species.

Contact: Erin Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator, Ingham Conservation District @ erin.jarvie@macd.org, 517-676-2290 ext. 2 or Chris Mikula at 989-640-7104, wildcam@aol.com or Jon Morrison at 989-224-1106 both of the Friends of the Maple River.

We hope to see you May 16th at Musk Rat Lake!


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Maple River group float on Saturday May 19th.

As an additional note, the FOMR does plan to do a Maple River group float on Saturday May 19th. The time will be from 9 AM to about noon. The location will be either downstream from the Elsie Dam or from the DNR launch on French Road just upstream (east) of Hubbardston Road. The location and details will be determined during the May 16th meeting and info distributed thereafter. Since the prior river cleanup was canceled due to weather, the plan will be to work in a little cleanup activity as part of the float.


Contact: Chris Mikula at 989-640-7104, wildcam@aol.com or Jon Morrison at 989-224-1106 both of the Friends of the Maple River.


As always, check our website http://www.friendsofthemapleriver.org/ or find us on Facebook @ Friends of the Maple River to stay in touch with what FOMR is up to. For for more information or to become a member, supporter, or donor of FOMR, contact us at:

email: FOMR_info@friendsofthemapleriver.org


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River Cleanup/Log Jam Work Day 2018

NOTICE!!! EVENT CANCELED DUE TO STORMY WEATHER

Due to wet, windy, cold, stormy, winter weather, the cleanup Day has been canceled.

Please check back for further updates on a possible alternative make-up day. Or Contact Jack Nutter @ H 989-862-5541

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Elsie Dam, 9 am
(possible Apr. 21st make-up date)

Contact Jack Nutter @ H 989-862-5541 or C 989-292-1268  to for more info



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MARCH FOMR MEETING was

WED. MARCH 21ST

The history of the Maple River as told by long time residents of the river. Should be very interesting.

The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) March Bi-Monthly meeting will be held at the Clinton County Court House in St. Johns, MI on Wednesday, March 21st. The courthouse is at 100 E. State Street. The meeting is in the first floor conference room. Follow the FOMR signs. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend. Anyone interested in our watershed is welcome to attend the meeting.

This month FOMR is extending a special invitation to all persons with extensive knowledge of the Maple River. We are looking for people with interesting stories about the river and are willing to share these with the group. Those with an extended history of the river are especially encouraged to attend and share their knowledge. Accounts and photographs of how the river and area has changed as well as stories that have been handed down from family and friends would be wonderful. Adventures involving hunting, fishing, camping, or other stories are also encouraged. We plan to have several special guests who are longtime residents to kick things off by sharing their stories.

They include, Richard Hess, a river landowner, his farm has many acres on both sides of the river and has been in the Hess family over 100 years. Dean Temple another long time river resident and Mike Rademacher, also on the river for over 60 years and a former conservation officer. Come and join us for an entertaining evening and learn about our Maple River from those who live on it.

A short business meeting will follow the presentation. Mark your calendars for this years FOMR annual Maple River Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 14th, meeting at the Old Elsie Dam, just West of Elsie at 9am and our FOMR annual planned Maple River float trip and survey on Saturday, May 19th,, Location TBA, depending on river condition.

Also, the Friends encourage you to consider attending the upcoming with our friends at the Clinton Conservation District Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 28th. Dr. David Lusch with MSU will be presenting and he is very interesting and knowledgeable. For more info call Clinton Conservation District, Phone: (989) 224-3720 ext. 3, or go to, https://www.clintonconservation.org/…/…/64th-annual-meeting/

As always, check our website http://www.friendsofthemapleriver.org/ or find us on Facebook @ Friends of the Maple River to stay in touch with what FOMR is up to. For for more information or to become a member, supporter, or donor of FOMR, contact us at: email: FOMR_info@friendsofthemapleriver.org




Your FOMR friends were at the Quiet Water Symposium
Sat. March 3rd, 2018!







2018 FOMR Calendar of Events


“Maple River Float Trip 2018”

Saturday, May 19, 2018
(check website or Facebook page to get specific details as these dates near)
Section of the Maple River River, location depending on river conditions, such as
downed trees, water levels, etc. at the time. Call Jon Morrison @ 989-224-1106 if interested


More Meetings for 2018 TBA



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Past  FOMR Events from 2017

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FOMR meeting was Wednesday night Sept. 20th in St. Johns.


The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) will be holding their September Bi-Monthly meeting in the Board of Commissioner’s Room in the Clinton County Court House in St. Johns on Wednesday, September 20th. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
The Courthouse is located at 100 E. State Street. Park in the parking lot behind/south of the courthouse and come into the building through the entrance located there.

This month FOMR have an experienced beekeeper that will be giving a presentation about honey bees and keeping them. FOMR will also have Erin (Jarvie) Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator, Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (MM-CISMA) to do a training session on “Clean Boats, Clean Waters” focused on preventing the spread of invasive species when transporting boats, etc. You may learn more at http://micbcw.org/join-the-fight/ and those interested should do the online training prior to the meeting to become a certified “trainer”.

A short business meeting will follow the presentation to take care of routine affairs including the required annual organization registration with the State of Michigan as well as to consider the next slate of officers.

As always for more info, check our website http://www.friendsofthemapleriver.org/ or find us on Facebook @ Friends of the Maple River to stay in touch with what FOMR is up to.



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FOMR, 11th Annual Maple River cleanup &  log jam removal day,

Members of the FOMR checked river conditions at the Elsie dam and did limited river access point clean-up work for the 2017 Maple River Clean-up. Working from the shore only on river access sites!

River conditions remained high due to recent rains. It also has been decided that there was be no make-up date after the Saturday clean-up attempt.

A couple of our members drove around the Maple River State Game area and over to Maple Rapids on Sunday afternoon and there was flooding way over the banks everywhere we went.


for more info or to volunteer, please contact;

Jack Nutter @ 989-862-5541


2017 

FOMR, 11th Annual Maple River cleanup &  log jam removal day,

FOMR & MSU student VOLUNTEERS needed!

Please come help the
Friends of the Maple River (FOMR)

Volunteers come join us as we do our annual spring clean-up and log jam removal along the Maple River. We will be meeting  TBA at 9AM at the South side of old Elsie Dam located on the West side of the village of Elsie on the North side of the road. Volunteers will receive instructions, assignments and supplies for the cleanup. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet (it can be muddy & wet) and bring a pair of gloves to protect your hands.

Crews will be assigned areas of the river to remove trash from along bridge crossings and other public access sites along sections of the river from the shore. Other crews will float the river in canoes or kayaks and help to remove log jams and trees that are blocking the river along with removing trash and debris. All items collected will be recycled or bagged to be taken to the landfill.

Volunteers are needed, for more info & to volunteer, please contact; Jack Nutter @ 989-862-5541 to sign up to help


See our FOMR Events page for more upcoming event in 2017

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Thank You!

The Friends of the Maple River first want to say Thanks to all the generous donors and committed members and volunteers that helped with the Friend’s efforts in 2016.

And now in 2017, we would also encourage all of our Maple River Watershed residents to consider how they can make good on their New Year’s resolutions by getting/being more involved with the Friends of the Maple River – Be more active by participating in river clean ups and/or float trips; join or volunteer to become more active in your community and/or to help improve conservation and/or environmental stewardship.

Most importantly let’s leave a legacy that our kids and grand kids can appreciate.

As always, check our website and /or find us on Facebook at Friends of the Maple River, to stay in touch with what the Friends are up to.

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2016 Events

Friends of The Maple River, (FOMR) hosted a field/float trip on

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

on Muskrat Lake in Clinton County.


This field/float trip was to highlight the water stabilization project and it's impact on wetlands. Bring your canoe, kayak or outboard boat. (Be sure to have a Coast Guard approved personal floatation life preserver for every person in your vessel.) There is an improved public access launch site and parking on the north end of the lake off Jason Road. Muskrat Lake is approximately 2 1/2 mile west of old US127 on Jason Road.
Jason road is 4 miles north of DeWitt on old US 127, or 4 miles south of Price road on old US 127.

For more in information about the field/float trip check out the Friends website at: friendsofthemapleriver.org, or like us on facebook at: Friends of the Maple River.


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FOMR "Show Me" float trip tour

of the upper Maple River

Held Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 @6 PM



The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR)  hosted a short "Show Me" float trip tour of the upper Maple River on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM. The float trip for canoes and kayaks was on the upper stretch of the Maple River in Shiawassee County, SW of Owosso and plans are to be on the river by about 6:30 PM. This upper section of the river is designated as a county drain. The Maple River Inter-county Drainage Board has recently removed downed trees and woody debris from the river. This work was done in an environmentally sensitive manner to maintain the natural features of the river. Shiawassee County Drain Commissioner Tony Newmann and project engineer Alan Boyer from the LSG engineering firm will give a brief overview of the project before the float trip. The float trip will be from the Maple River crossing on Dewey Road just east of Ruess road downstream to South Baldwin Road, a distance of about 2 miles and we should be done and loaded up by 8 PM.

To reach the starting point for the "Show Me" float trip on Dewey road, turn south off of highway M-21onto South Ruess road. South Ruess road is about 2 1/2 miles west of Owosso. Drive south on Ruess road 2 miles to Dewey Road. Turn left from Ruess road onto Dewey road and drive approximately 1/4 mile to the bridge on the Maple river where the project briefing will take place. This was a BYOB float trip (Bring your own boat, a kayak or canoe, paddles and PFD's.)
Anyone interested in the Maple River was invited to attend and to participate in the overview discussion of the project between 6 and 6:30 PM. The rest of the event will be on the river.

For more information about the trip or about the Friends of The Maple River, check out our web site at friendsofthemapleriver.org, like us on Facebook at, Friends of The Maple River or email us at, FOMR_Info@friendsofthemapleriver.org


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MAPLE RIVER 10th ANNUAL CLEAN UP/LOG JAM WORK DAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, 2016 was a big success!






Thanks to all of our

FOMR & MSU student VOLUNTEERS!

Friends of the Maple River (FOMR)

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

Volunteers joined us as we did our annual spring clean-up and log jam removal along the Maple River. We met Sat. April 16th at 9AM at the South side of old Elsie Dam located on the West side of the village of Elsie. Volunteers received instructions, assignments and supplies.

Crews were 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 floated the river in canoes or kayaks and help to remove log jams and trees that were blocking the river along with removing with trash. All item collected were recycled or bagged to be taken to the landfill.


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


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



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Now Available For Sale!

The New, updated 2nd Edition

Maple River

Trail Guide

& Maple River Watershed History.

Now on Waterproof Paper!

Only $15!



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 FOMR events. Or you can email us at  FOMR_info@friendsofthemapleriver.org and we can see about making other delivery arrangements on a case by case basis.



BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED FOR OUR ORGANIZATION. 

PLEASE, VOLUNTEER IF YOU CAN, IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH OF YOUR TIME


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!

Click here to Link to Pollution isn't pretty audio