Meet the Huron River!
Trips hosted by the Huron River Watershed Council for Southeast Michigan Canoe & Kayak Week.
Bring your own watercraft for an “out and back” paddle trip exploring a unique section of the Huron River. HRWC staff and local experts will give a short talk on the river’s ecology, history and features. FREE. Limited single person kayaks available for those in need.
Questions? Contact Allie Schneider at HRWC, [email protected], (734) 769-5123 x 610
Tuesday, June 22, put in @5pm, Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston
Paddle among the islands and along the scenic river shoreline as the Huron makes its way through Oakwoods Metropark in New Boston. Oakwoods is known for its mature woodlands, tallgrass prairies, and slow-moving backwaters with plentiful natural habitat for birds and waterfowl. You can expect to encounter a variety of bird species on this out and back paddle and could see bald eagles or ospreys, ducks, muskrats, swans, mink, or white-tailed deer. While the paddle trip is free, there will be a $10 per vehicle fee to enter the metropark, unless you have an annual pass. Hosted by HRWC with support from Oakwoods Metropark.
Thursday, June 24, put in @5pm, Bandemer Park, Ann Arbor
Paddle along three Ann Arbor nature areas, Bird Hills, Hilltop and Barton as you head upstream to Barton Dam a few miles north of the city. Barton Nature Area is 98-acres and contains the Barton oxbow, (a term used to refer to a u-shaped meander in a river). The present vegetation signals the history of the land here, suggesting that most of the oxbow was prairie and oak savanna prior to being farmed. Currently this area contains a mix of old field, dry prairie, wet meadow and shrubland, mesic forest, and emergent marsh, making habitat for a wide variety of birds, waterfowl, and turtles and a paddle trip that will feel like you are up north. Hosted by HRWC with support from the Ann Arbor Canoe Liveries.
Bandemer Park Entrance: Intersection of Whitmore Lake Drive and Barton Drive in Ann Arbor
Meet up/Parking: Drive into Huron Bridge Park past the first parking lot, go over the bridge and under M-14 into the parking area for the Bandemer Disc Golf Course
Have some information to share? Please submit your Huron River recreation or stewardship event for consideration to [email protected] or 734.769.5123 x 602. Include an event description, date, time, location, web site link, host organization and contact info.