Huron River Miles 42-39

The City of Ypsilanti is a small city of 20,000 residents and Eastern Michigan University, with a hip urban scene and a rich automotive heritage. Here, the water trail winds through a serene corridor of lush urban parks, with nearby shops, delicious dining, vibrant entertainment venues, history, culture and architecture in Ypsilanti’s two districts, Downtown and Depot Town.

Riverside Park is a popular launch and landing.

For land-based adventure, jump on the Border to Border Trail (pdf), a shared-use hike and bike path stretching across Washtenaw County.

Further downstream are the flat waters of Ypsilanti Township’s Ford Lake (River Miles 39 through 35). Parks with access points include Ford Lake Park (boat ramp, launch, restrooms, picnic shelters, and recreation facilities) and Lakeside Park (boat house, restrooms, picnic shelter, fishing docks and lookouts). The Ford Lake Dam and Powerhouse is a National Historic Landmark.

Museum of firefighting history that includes an original 1989 firehouse and modern, multilevel exhibit display area. Website
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Artisan-made Gifts Website
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Museum that tells the story of historic car companies and showcases some beautiful machines. Website
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Womens Fashion Website
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Candy/Novelties/Toys Website
Expresso Bar Website
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Shoes/Clothing Website
Multi-purpose cultural arts venue providing performance, exhibit, studio and reception space for artists and art cultural organizations. Website
The Border to Border Trail is a shared-use hike and bike path, stretching across Washtenaw County, roughly following the Huron River. Map
Information Kiosk
Ypsilanti Historical Museum Museum of local history presented as an 1860's home. Website
Michigan Firehouse Museum Museum of firefighting history that includes an original 1989 firehouse and modern, multilevel exhibit display area. Website
Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill Lunch/Dinner Website
Schultz Outfitters Retail Website
The Eyrie Artisan-made Gifts Website
Cafe Ollie Coffee/Sandwiches Website
Sidetrack Bar & Grill Lunch/Dinner Website
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum Museum that tells the story of historic car companies and showcases some beautiful machines. Website
Beezy’s Cafe Coffee/Breakfast/Lunch Website
Haab’s Resturant Lunch/Dinner Website
The Rocket Candy/Novelties/Toys Website
The Mix Womens Fashion Website
B-24s Expresso Bar Website
Red Rock Downtown Barbecue Lunch/Dinner Website
Puffer Reds Shoes/Clothing Website
Riverside Arts Center Multi-purpose cultural arts venue providing performance, exhibit, studio and reception space for artists and art cultural organizations. Website
Border to Border Trail Bike Route A shared-use hike and bike path, stretching across Washtenaw County, roughly following the Huron River. Map
Information Kiosk

History

Ypsilanti is a historic community figuring prominently in the 19th and early 20th century industries of railroad, air, and auto transportation. Many stunning buildings show this rich history. The vision for Ypsilanti’s riverfront came from the landscape architecture firm of the Olmsted Brothers, led by Fredrick Law Olmsted, Sr. He saw the Huron River as a necklace of water with vibrant green spaces dangling from it like gems. There is also river access to important historical sites related to the auto industry and its labor movement. The Automotive Heritage District Destinations feature interpretive signage to help visitors learn the story of the auto companies.

Events

Four seasons of outdoor activity with themed walking tours, group paddles and fly fishing instruction. Outdoor festivals at Riverside and Frog Island parks include the Heritage Festival, Mittenfest, Michigan Summer Beer Festival, and the Orphan Car Show.

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