The Huron River Water Trail begins in the Proud Lake State Recreation area in Oakland County just east of Milford. The first four miles are completely within the recreation area. Then a mile past the recreation area you will find yourself in Milford. Here you may stop in Central Park for a picnic or take a break from paddling and eat a restaurant in downtown Milford just steps away. After you leave Milford, the next 20 miles are within nearly contiguous parkland comprised of Kensington Metropark, Island Lake State Recreation Area and Huron Meadows Metropark. Half of the distance through Kensington Metropark is on Kent Lake, a large and sometimes windy lake with multiple access points. Going through Island Lake State Recreation Area you will find a tremendous variety of scenery including marsh lined shorelines and places where the tree canopy covers the entire river. The stretch from Island Lake State Recreation Area to the access site at Huron Meadows Metropark is not as well traveled as the other segments. In this five mile stretch you may need to portage around some fallen trees that block the river in a few places. The last nine mile segment is comprised of a chain of small to mid-size cottage lined lakes connected by short stretches of natural banked river. Expect to encounter motor boat traffic in this area during the summer months.