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Welcome to the Huron River Water Trail!

The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile (167 km) inland paddling trail connecting people to the river’s natural environment, its history and the communities it touches in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  From the rapids at Delhi and Dexter to the placid flat water at the entrance to Lake Erie, a variety of paddling experiences await you. For kayaking, canoeing, fishing on a fly, and other freshwater pursuits, follow the Huron River Water Trail to learn what others already know—the Huron River is a Michigan treasure worth exploring.

Argo and Gallup Parks in Ann Arbor both currently offer inclusive universal access launches for everyone, including paddlers with disabilities. Universal access launches are under construction at Kensington and Hudson Mills metroparks. Learn how to use a universally accessible canoe kayak launch.

Paddled the entire Huron River Water Trail? Congratulations!

Make sure to sign the Huron104 Trail Register!

It Is Safe to Enjoy the Huron River

As of August 12 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has lifted the recommendation for no contact with Huron River water from Wixom Road to Kent Lake after reviewing data related to the Tribar toxic chemical release of hexavalent chromium. There is no need for people and pets to continue to avoid contact with Huron River water. After an August 2 reported release of the chemical into a wastewater treatment plant in Wixom, investigators found the amount getting into the river was much less than originally thought. Hexavalent chromium was not detected in the majority of river samples and detections in three samples were well below the level that could cause harm. LEARN MORE

Rent Kayaks, Canoes and More

There are several outfitters on the Huron River that offer paddling equipment for rent with transportation to the drop-off point or pick-up point. See our outfitters map and get links and contact info HERE.

Paddle with the Huron
River Watershed Council

Explore a unique section of the Huron guided by staff from the river protection group that also coordinates the Water Trail. June 26 (sold out), July 21 (sold out) or August 16. Space is limited. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION.

PFAS and River Recreation

It is safe to swim and boat on the Huron River with a few precautions—do not eat the fish and avoid ingesting river foam. LEARN MORE ABOUT PFAS HERE.

The Huron was designated as the 18th trail of the National Water Trail System in 2015, joining a network of nation exemplary water trails from Puget Sound to the Hudson River. Details here.

  • Paddling the Huron from Hudson Mills Metropark to Delhi Metropark.

  • Kiosks featuring Water Trail information like this one in Flat Rock’s Huroc Park are in each of the five Trail Towns.

  • Enjoying fall colors on the Huron River at Delhi Metropark near Dexter.

  • The Ann Arbor Gallup Canoe Livery EZ Launch has a transfer system for canoes and kayaks that provides universal access for paddlers with disabilities or anyone needing extra assistance.