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2017 Shiawassee River Fest

The 2017 River Fest, put on by the Keepers of the Shiawassee, is a family friendly event that will take place at the Linden Mill pond on June 25th. The event will feature a Kids’ Fishing Tournament, Cardboard Boat Race, live music, food, and much more. The fishing tournament and boat race will both have prizes to the winning participants.

Red Fox will be providing demos on paddle boards and kayaks, along with fly fishing demonstrations. This is a great chance to take some boats or paddle boards out for a spin!

For more information, see the River Fest webpage on the Keepers of the Shiawassee site and the Facebook event page.

See you out there!

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Backpacking Packing List

IMG_9683Packing smart can make your trip a much more enjoyable experience. Packing too much can leave your pack weighing too much and making things difficult to find quickly. Packing too little can leave you underprepared or even put you in a dangerous situation. Be sure to take into account the area you will be backpacking, the time of year, weather conditions, and other factors when packing up for your trip.


Essential Gear

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Headlamp/Flashlight/Lantern
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Protection
  • Water Bottles
  • Water Filter or Water Treatment
  • Food
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Fire Starter
  • Knife or Multi-Tool
  • Shelter
  • Insulating Layer
  • Pack – Daypack or Backpack

Optional Items

  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • A Pot
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Utensils
  • Cord
  • Trekking Poles
  • Whistle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow/Pillow Case
  • Compression Sacks or Stuff Sacks
  • Footprint
  • Pack Cover
  • Bug Spray
  • Toilet Paper/Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Journal
  • Pen
  • Cash
  • Bear Spray
  • Bear Canister


  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain Pant
  • Insulating Jacket
  • Wicking Shirt
  • Wicking Shorts or Pants
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Hat/Bandana
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Hats/Gloves



  • Hiking Boots
  • Light Hikers or Trail Shoes
  • Sandals