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Huron River Water Trail

Location Great Lakes -- Lake Erie basin of southeastern Michigan; flows from Proud Lake State Recreation Area into western Lake Erie near the Detroit River.
State(s)
Counties Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne
Type National Water Trails System
Length 104.00 Miles / 167.37 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Boating, non-motorized: Sailing
Camping
Fishing
Heritage and History
Ice Skating
Swimming
Wildlife Observation
Agency National Park Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

This trail is part of the National Water Trails System
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The Huron River is a Michigan treasure.

The Huron River offers a gentle float on a classic Great Lakes inland paddling trail that is highly accessible to families and solo paddlers alike in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The Huron River Water Trail offers flatwater paddling through picturesque rolling woodlands, morainal landforms, prehistoric lakeplain, state and regional parks and villages. Stretches of class II whitewater at Delhi Rapids, Mill Creek and the Argo Cascades also await the paddler as the elevation drops 500 feet along its course. The river flows more than 125 miles from its headwaters at Big Lake, near Pontiac, to its mouth at the Great Lake Erie; 104 of these miles can be floated in a boat.

The Huron River is a constant, soothing presence in an otherwise bustling region. Despite its proximity to numerous small towns and larger cities, like leafy Ann Arbor -- home to the University of Michigan, the river maintains an "Up North" feel for much of its length due to the extensive state, regional and county parks network along its banks. As a result, the Huron River boasts the only State Scenic River designation in Southeastern Michigan. In fact, the watershed contains two-thirds of all public recreational land in an area of 5.5 million people.

The Huron is home to numerous threatened and endangered plant and animal species, abundant bogs, wet meadows, and remnant prairies of statewide significance. More than 90 species o (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset

Some gravel roads may be seasonal access and not maintained in winter.

Directions

Trail begins at Proud Lake Launch [River Mile 103.4] east of Milford, MI. Many access points. See www.huronriverwatertrail.org for complete list.

 

Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Not Available

Secondary Surface: Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Snow or ice
Water, still

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2017

Date Last Updated: 07/11/2017

 

Contact Information

Public Contact:
Elizabeth Riggs
RiverUp! Deputy Director
Huron River Watershed Council
1100 N. Main Street
Suite 210D
Ann Arbor , MI 48104
(734) 769-5123 x608
eriggs@hrwc.org

Trail Management:
Elizabeth Riggs
RiverUp! Deputy Director
Huron River Watershed Council
1100 N. Main Street
Suite 210D
Ann Arbor , MI 48104
(734) 769-5123 x608
eriggs@hrwc.org

 

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