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Headwaters Field Trip for HRWC Staff

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Our recent trip to Indian Springs Metropark was officially called a “staff outing,” which we all know is just grown-up-speak for a  field trip. What a gorgeous day for exploring the headwaters of the Huron River! I know this was the first time I had been to the area, and the origins of the Huron were not at all what I was expecting – somehow, in my head, I had a visual of  a large lake or significant bubbling spring (Ok, I admit it, the picture in my head was a dramatic geyser, but I knew that was not happening!).

The reality is that the headwaters are a series of ponds, wetlands and small streams making a joint effort to create the beautiful Huron.

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Shady pool, part of the headwaters of the Huron

Yuck! But that goopy orange stuff is normal - produced by bacteria in acidic soils.

Yuck! But that goopy orange stuff is normal – produced by bacteria in acidic soils.

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Sunny little creek, part of the headwaters of the Huron River.

One of several snakes we saw on our hike - possibly a Northern water snake?

One of several snakes we saw on our hike – possibly a Northern water snake?

Rebecca Foster

Rebecca Foster is Membership Coordinator for HRWC, working in the development office and on special events. She commutes down Huron River Drive from Pinckney and enjoys the changing seasons of the river.

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2 Responses to “Headwaters Field Trip for HRWC Staff”

  • Bob Connely:

    If I had knowed you was a-comin’, I’da baked a cake. Glad you liked the Park… but less than two miles downstream from your pictured area is the part that all of you SHOULD be interested in. That’s the area where silt and mud has been building up for the past several years – and is now at a point where it arguably threatens the water-flow of the Huron River. In other words, the point at which the waters feeding/creating the Huron River are trickling to a standstill. In (maybe) our lifetime (and certainly our childrens’ lifetime) no one downstream of Pontiac Lake will have to worry about flooding…

  • tammie heazlit:

    May I recommend a visit to Highland Recreation Area as well? It’s not just beautiful but historically significant as well. You also have a group of ready volunteers who would be interested in supporting your objectives, the “Friends of Highland Recreation Area”. They have been doing phenomenal work to restore and rehabilitate the property, and they hold an event every August that is focused on the history. It could be a good event for the HRWC to be present at since the Haven Hill area and lake were created by Edsel Ford who Dammed the river there. Feel free to contact me if you want a tour or other info.
    And I agree with the statement of Bob Connely above…

    Glad you got to enjoy Indian Springs.


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