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.