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This year River Day will be held on Saturday, June 11th! This date coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. What a great way to celebrate all that the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair have to offer residents of Southeast Michigan for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and more!

River Day is designed to encourage appreciation and recreational use of the waterways of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, and to celebrate the leadership of local citizens, organizations, and communities whose efforts are critical to protecting and enhancing the overall quality of the Clinton River watershed.

Every year in early June, individuals, businesses, community groups, and local governments across the watershed join forces on River Day to enhance and celebrate the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. Activities range from nature hikes, canoe trips, fishing derbies, and fly fishing lessons to storm drain stenciling, river clean-ups, habitat restoration, and native landscaping.

River Day Logo Contest

2016 River Day LogoThe Clinton River Watershed Council’s 18th Annual River Day Logo is designed to promote River Day along with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend and Southeast Michigan’s annual Water Week. CRWC received many submissions from all over Southeast Michigan for this year’s logo contest. Entries were judged on their ability to convey River Day’s goal of celebration and enjoyment of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, as well as their clarity and ability to be reproduced easily at a variety of scales. CRWC is happy to announce that the winner for this year’s River Day Logo Contest is Molly McNeece of Farmington Hills!

“I am inspired by my students” says Molly McNeece, who is both an art teacher at the Alternative High School in Southfield – the Southfield Regional Academic Campus – and a children’s book illustrator. McNeece turned the logo contest into an extra credit opportunity for her students where they researched the work of the Clinton River Watershed Council, the native flora and fauna of the Clinton River Watershed, and all of the activities that go on in and around the Clinton River. The students enjoyed the assignment so much that “they challenge[d] me to do the same!” said McNeece.

“I thought first of the motion of the river, the fish that swim underneath, and the fun people have around it” explained McNeece, the goal of the design was to “convey the fun of the river, the connections we all have, and the love for each other and our environment.”  You can check out more of this artist’s work at

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