The Washtenaw County section begins in Baseline Lake and travels 36 miles to the Ford Lake Dam. Baseline Lake is part of a chain of lakes that include Portage Lake that offer excellent flat water paddling opportunities, especially in the shoulder seasons when there are few motor boats on the water. Just south of Portage Lake is the Flook Dam below which are 16 miles of free flowing river and one of the most popular canoe routes on the Huron River. Most of this segment is a designated natural river with a mostly natural tree-lined shoreline and few private residences. This stretch of river is gently flowing suitable for novice paddlers with the exception of two rapids (Hudson Mills and Delhi) that should be portaged around by all but the most adept paddlers. The Village of Dexter lies in the middle of this segment and the downtown may be accessed by a short paddle up Mill Creek.
The next 15 stretch is bordered mostly by parkland as the river cuts through and offers vistas into the Cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. There is an exciting series of constructed cascades that bypasses the Argo Dam in Ann Arbor that may be run by kayaks or adept canoeists. There are two other dams between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti that require short portages. Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti offer numerous opportunities to get out of your boat, explore and have a meal. The last 5 mile stretch is on Ford Lake which has numerous parks with access points lining its shoreline. Expect motor boat traffic on the lake. On windy days it would be prudent to stick close to the shorelines on this large lake.