Huron River Miles 63-61

Dexter is situated where Mill Creek flows into the Huron River and provides an ideal launching point for paddlers seeking to use the Water Trail. Parks, shops, pubs and dining in this picturesque small town are a short walk away.

The launch at Mill Creek Park near the Dexter District Library offer easy access with nearby parking. Paddlers will enjoy a half mile of flowing river down Mill Creek into the Huron. Watch out for a low bridge at the library or reported log jams downstream.

There is another launch, just upstream of the Main Street bridge and down the ramp from the Water Trail information kiosk. Experienced kayakers can use this one to shoot the rapids at the former site of the Mill Creek dam (check conditions carefully to avoid scraping your boat on the rocks or for holes during high water). The whitewater designation on the American Canoe Association website for this spot draws paddlers from Ohio, Indiana, and throughout Michigan.

Dexter’s proximity to Hudson Mills and Delhi Metroparks, and the Border to Border Trail (pdf) give easy access to all kinds of outdoor pursuits that include fishing, biking, running, and walking, in addition to paddling.

New segment of the Border to Border Trail to Dexter-Huron Metropark anticipated in 2015. Check back for more information when it is complete.

Bar/Restaurant Website
Coffee/Sandwiches Website
Baked Goods Website
Retail Website
Retail/Tasting/Bar Website
Ice Cream Website
Retail Website
Cider/Fruit/Treats Website
A shared-use hike and bike path, stretching across Washtenaw County, roughly following the Huron River. Map
A shared-use hike and bike path, stretching across Washtenaw County, roughly following the Huron River. Map
Low Bridge Clearance
Information Kiosk
Dexter District Library Website
Dexter’s Pub Bar/Restaurant Website
Joe and Rosie’s Coffee/Sandwiches Website
Dexter Bakery Baked Goods Website
Hackney Ace Hardware Retail Website
The Beer Grotto Retail/Tasting/Bar Website
Dairy Queen Ice Cream Website
The Painted Trout Retail Website
Dexter Cider Mill Cider/Fruit/Treats Website
Border to Border Trail Bike Route A shared-use hike and bike path, stretching across Washtenaw County, roughly following the Huron River. Map
Border to Border Trail Bike Route A shared-use hike and bike path, stretching across Washtenaw County, roughly following the Huron River. Map
Low Bridge Clearance
Information Kiosk

History

Dexter was first settled in 1824, 13 years before Michigan became a state, when land speculator Samuel L. Dexter purchased a large tract of land and originated the village. It was known as the “Mill Creek Settlement” until the village was platted in 1830 and the name was officially changed to Dexter. The removal of the Mill Pond Dam in 2008 and subsequent restoration of Mill Creek catalyzed the historic and quaint village to expand its economic and community development opportunities based on the waterway flowing though town.

Events

Dexter’s cultural events include Dexter Daze and the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival in August, a Summer Music Series on Fridays and the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays May through October.

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