PFAS in Fish on the Huron River

Don’t eat fish from the Huron River. The State of Michigan has tested fish from multiple location on the Huron River and found high levels of PFAS. The Michigan Department of Health

PFAS Do Not Eat the Fish Sign at Baseline Lake

PFAS Do Not Eat the Fish Sign at Baseline Lake by Daniel Brown

and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a Do Not Eat Fish Advisory for the entire river. Because fish are mobile, the Huron River Watershed Council advises you to avoid eating fish for the river or any connected lake or creek.

PFAS accumulates in fish meat. That makes it different than previous contaminants that accumulated in fat that could be safely scraped away from the filet.

The Do Not Eat Fish Advisory for the Huron River upriver from Ypsilanti will likely continue for the foreseeable future. The advisory may be lifted sooner in areas downriver. The levels of PFAS found in the waters of Kent Lake and its fish were especially high. Lakes and river sections from Island Lake State Recreation Area to Milford will likely see the advisory remain in place longer than elsewhere.

Other recreational activities, like swimming and kayaking on the river are okay. You can read about how to protect yourself from PFAS while enjoying the river HERE.

The Huron River Watershed Council is monitoring developments regarding PFAS in the river and regularly updates the webpage at


Follow the Huron River Water Trail to Adventure

Favorite River Trips for Outdoor Fun

The staff of the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) works to protect and restore the Huron River. And they know it well! Spending quality play-time in, on and near the water gives them a

Paddling the Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor

Paddling the Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor, while a Great Blue Heron flies overhead by Daniel Brown.

chance to relax and reflect on their work. You too may enjoy some of their favorite trips and activities:

For even more ideas go to Recommended Trips under the Explore tab. Whether you have an hour or a day, there you will find ideas for river trips, flat water paddling, outfitters and even rapid runs divvied up by section.

Happy exploring. We’ll see you on the river!