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FDR Events and Meeting Schedule

FDR Calendar

Board Meetings and Locations
  • January 27, 2021 - FDR
  • February 24, 2021 - EIC
  • March 24, 2021 - FDR
  • April 28, 2021 - EIC
  • May 26, 2021 - FDR
  • June 23, 2021 - EIC
  • July 28, 2021 - FDR
  • August 25, 2021 - EIC
  • September 22, 2021 - FDR
  • October 27, 2021- EIC
  • December 1, 2021 - FDR

Other Events
  • Shiver on the River - TBD
  • Riverkeeper Dinner - October 9, 2021
  • River Clean-up - TBD
  • IWRA Fundraiser - September 9, 2021
  • Island Fest - TBA
  • River Days - TBA
  • Trenton Summer Festival - TBD
  • Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival - TBD
  • Hawkfest - TBA
  • Detroit River Water Festival - TBD
  • Annual Meeting Dinner - October 9, 2021
  • Holiday Party - TBA

Lower Detroit River Cleanup


In late April each year, a flotilla of small boats ferries eager volunteers out to various islands and shorelines in the Lower Detroit River to collect the accumulated debris that has collected over the past year. This event is the Lower Detroit River Cleanup, and is based at Rotary Park in Trenton, thanks to the support of the City of Trenton. This year's event will look a little different, FDR is encouraging on shore and on river cleanups. Those who plan on bringing their boats to the event, please call (734) 676-4626. The Cleanup is a Riverkeeper Program project and gives volunteers the opportunity to help make the river cleaner, as well as to get out on the river and to appreciate the need for stewardship of this valuable resource.

For more information on other cleanups happening in SE Michigan and how you can get involved CLICK HERE

Shiver on the River


On the first Saturday in February each year, the Friends of the Detroit River hosts the Shiver on the River. The Shiver is a family oriented event, designed to bring people down to the river and to Belle Isle Park, and to educate people about the importance of the river and the need for effective stewardship of the river and its environs. The event is based at the historic Belle Isle Casino, and involves most of the venues on the island, including the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Dossin Museum, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station. There are environmental displays and children's activities at the Casino, an ice rescue (weather permitting) demonstration by the Coast Guard, and other attractions at the various island sites. It is a great opportunity to get outside in the winter and discover the many wonderful attractions at Belle Isle Park.

Riverkeeper Dinner and Annual Meeting

October 9, 2021

In 2020 our Riverkeeper Dinner and in-person Annual Meeting were postponed due to the health crisis presented by the coronavirus. Thankfully conditions have improved enough that we think we can offer our good friends a safe and enjoyable experience on October 9, 2021 at the Wyandotte Boat Club

For this year we have decided to combine the Annual Meeting with the Riverkeeper Dinner into a single event. We will have many of the usual features of the Riverkeeper Dinner, such as the buffet dinner; and features of the Annual Meeting such as the introduction of board members and a review of the year. Updates on the October 9 event will be shared as the date gets closer.

Tickets purchased for the March 28, 2020 Riverkeeper Dinner will be honored for the rescheduled dinner. Refunds will be issued to anyone by request.

The Detroit Riverkeeper Program is central to the mission of the Friends of the Detroit River, and the Riverkeeper Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of FDR and the Riverkeeper Program.

Any questions should be directed to the FDR Office, at 734-288-3889, or by email

Detroit River Water Festival


The Detroit River Water Festival is an educational event designed to help middle school students learn about our most precious natural resource – clean, fresh water. Students from the Detroit area will come together to learn about the Detroit River.

The Detroit River Water Festival is offered to help educate school students about the importance and beauty of the water around us and how it impacts our daily lives. The Water Festival provides students with hands-on activities, taught by top level academic instructors and water quality professionals designed to expose students to a wide variety of water related issues. Through attending the Water Festival students gain an understanding of the diverse topics related to our water resources including ecosystems, social studies, the geosphere and the hydrologic cycle. By being an active participant in the Water Festival students and adults learn the central role water and the Detroit River play in the region's economy and quality of life and begin to understand their lifetime role as stewards of this remarkable precious resource.

Interested sponsors and volunteers may visit our web-site for more information: