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


A Happy New Year to all!

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.

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.

The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) will be holding their first 2017 Bi-Monthly meeting in the,

Board of Commissioner’s Room at the

Clinton County Court House in St. Johns

on Wednesday January 18th., 2017

The meeting will start at 7:00 PM.

The courthouse is located at the south end of Clinton Ave at M-21 in downtown St. Johns. Entrance is on the South side of the court house.

This meeting will serve as the organization’s Annual Meeting. Officer reports will be presented as applicable, reaffirmation of current officers will occur and the 2017 organizational calendar will be discussed and formalized to the extent practical. Additional business items as provided on the proposed agenda and as brought before the board during the meeting will also be discussed.

There will not be a speaker or presentation offered as part of the meeting.

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.


The Friends of The Maple River, FOMR hosted a field/float trip on Wednesday, July 20th 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:, or like us on facebook at: Friends of the Maple River.


FOMR "Show Me" float trip tour

of the upper Maple River

Wednesday, May 18th, 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, like us on Facebook at, Friends of The Maple River or email us at,



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

Thanks to all of our


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:
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


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 – "Show Me" float trip tour of the upper Maple River at 6:00 PM.

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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