Huron River Miles 63-61

Dexter is situated where Mill Creek flows into the Huron River and provides an ideal launching point for paddlers seeking to use the Water Trail. Parks, shops, pubs and dining in this picturesque small town are a short walk away.

The launch at Mill Creek Park near the Dexter District Library offer easy access with nearby parking. Paddlers will enjoy a half mile of flowing river down Mill Creek into the Huron. Watch out for a low bridge at the library or reported log jams downstream.

There is another launch, just upstream of the Main Street bridge and down the ramp from the Water Trail information kiosk. Experienced kayakers can use this one to shoot the rapids at the former site of the Mill Creek dam (check conditions carefully to avoid scraping your boat on the rocks or for holes during high water). The whitewater designation on the American Canoe Association website for this spot draws paddlers from Ohio, Indiana, and throughout Michigan.

Dexter’s proximity to Hudson Mills and Delhi Metroparks, and the Border to Border Trail (pdf) give easy access to all kinds of outdoor pursuits that include fishing, biking, running, and walking, in addition to paddling.

New segment of the Border to Border Trail to Dexter-Huron Metropark anticipated in 2015. Check back for more information when it is complete.


Dexter was first settled in 1824, 13 years before Michigan became a state, when land speculator Samuel L. Dexter purchased a large tract of land and originated the village. It was known as the “Mill Creek Settlement” until the village was platted in 1830 and the name was officially changed to Dexter. The removal of the Mill Pond Dam in 2008 and subsequent restoration of Mill Creek catalyzed the historic and quaint village to expand its economic and community development opportunities based on the waterway flowing though town.


Dexter’s cultural events include Dexter Daze and the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival in August, a Summer Music Series on Fridays and the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays May through October.

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