When you follow the Huron River Water Trail, you assume responsibility for your own safety.








Ann Arbor

Construction Updates Impacting River Use 2024

Central Park, Milford, May 2024. Central Park is closed for construction, including river access until further notice.

Dexter-Huron to Delhi Metroparks, Dexter, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. The Huron River is closed to all boat traffic due to overhead construction operations.

Barton Nature Area and Dam, Ann Arbor, May 2024. Most trails in the nature area around Barton Dam will be closed for construction until further notice. The trail from the Barton Dam parking lot will be intermittently closed. Portaging Barton Dam is still possible. Learn more from the City of Ann Arbor. 

Gallup Park Bridge, Ann Arbor, May 2024. The River IS OPEN to traffic unless otherwise specified. Please use caution as there is still active construction at the site of the bridge and river users should not linger and be sure to follow any signs or buoys directing traffic. River users in tubes are strongly advised to exit the Huron River before the Gallup Bridge site. There are options for exiting in Furstenberg Nature Area as well as Island Park. Learn more from the City of Ann Arbor.

French Landing Dam Portage, Van Buren Township, May 2024. The downstream portage stairs at French Landing Dam are closed until further notice. Seek an alternative portage route or arrange for transportation. Please contact the Van Buren Township Parks Department with inquiries regarding pending repairs and available facilities. Phone: 734-699-8921.


There are currently two PFAS advisories that apply to the Huron River:

Touching the fish or water and swimming in the Huron River is not considered a health concern as PFAS, which includes PFOS, do not move easily through the skin. An occasional swallow of river or lake water is also not considered a health concern. Avoid contact with foam on the river. Keep pets and kids  away from it. Wash hands, pet fur, and rinse off after getting out of the water.

Report Safety Concerns

To report your observations of safety concerns due to dangerous conditions please contact the Water Trail Manager at the Huron River Watershed Council, Daniel Brown at [email protected] or 734-769-5123. Include your name along with the date, time, and specific descriptions and location or address of your observation and a photo if possible.

For emergencies including hazardous spills, please call 9-1-1.

To report illegal dumping or other environmental pollution concerns please call the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Emergency Alert System, 800-292-4706.

Contact Outfitters

The Outfitters that serve the Huron River are the best source of information on current river
conditions. Contact the outfitter in the section of river you plan to paddle in advance of your trip for
their observations. If they have closed a river trip for safety, you should avoid that area.

Current Conditions

WaterWatch Streamflow Map
Daily Statistics for Ann Arbor Area
Daily Statistics for Hamburg Area
Daily Statistics for Dexter Area
Daily Statistics for Milford Area

For experienced paddlers who have paddled the Huron River in different seasons over multiple years, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides maps, graphs, and tables describing current and past streamflow. Information generally is updated on an hourly basis, and for the Huron River, is limited to the four locations identified.

USGS graphs show the flow of the river measured as cubic feet per second of discharge and the water level measured in feet. Users can compare current streamflow with median statistics from past seasons.