Summer 2014 Recreation Events

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Meet at the Gallup Canoe Livery Paddle Boat Dock and join City of Ann Arbor Ornithologist Dea Armstrong as she leads walks to look for birds in Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area in Ann Arbor. Please bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not necessary. 9151992040_014bd58b9b_o

Friday, May 16, 6 – 8 PM, Evening Bird Walk

This is the time of year when many birds are just arriving in our area and actively searching for partners and nest sites. And there is the occasional colorful migrant!

Saturday, June 7, 7:30 – 9:30 AM, Early Morning Bird Walk

By June, most of the migrant birds have moved on and those that are breeding are quite busy with feeding young. This activity is at its peak in the earlier morning hours, so we’ll hope to have a chance to see bird parenting in action. 


Free, all ages. Registration at recreation@hrwc.org

Fly Fishing Lessons

Sunday, June 19152024368_89fb81fe5a_o

Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, MI

First session – 8:30 – 12:30 PM

Second session – 1 – 5 PM

Mike Mouradian of Ann Arbor Trout Unlimited (AATU) will teach casting, knot tying, fly identification, and entomology; along with experienced instructors from AATU. Rods, flies, fly fishing instruction book, and snacks will be provided.  Bring a pair of polarized sunglasses and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. We practice fly casting on the lawn, so waders are not necessary.

$25 for HRWC members, $35 for non-members. $35 for members family class, $40 for a non-members family class. $30+ will receive 12-month HRWC membership.


Register and make payment HERE.

Single Fly Tournament

Sunday, July 20, 10 AM, Schultz Outfitters, 4 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 

After-Glow  at 5 PM, Schultz Outfitters, 4 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 

Join us for this year’s 4th annual Huron River Single Fly Tournament! Presented by Schultz Outfitters and sponsored by Ann Arbor Trout Unlimited. Pick your best fly and fish it till you lose it! Prizes include fly rods, reels, gear, gift certificates and more. All proceeds benefit the Huron River Watershed Council’s RiverUp! and Huron River Water Trail projects. The Single Fly tournament is an annual event that celebrates watershed protection and a special group of folks that spends a great deal of time on the river.  Anglers are important stewards of the watershed because they are out in the field observing and monitoring the Huron River and its tributaries throughout the year.  HRWC greatly values the anglers for their stewardship because they often serve as our eyes and ears out in the field when we cannot be there. Join us for the After-Glow at Schultz Outfitters to help celebrate the Tournaments participants, as well as, your hand in helping watershed protection!

2013 Single Fly Participants

Cost for this event is:

$20 for After-Glow

$50 for Tournament ticket

$70 for Tournament + After-Glow

$80 for Tournament +12-month HRWC membership

$100 for Tournament + After-Glow + 12-month HRWC membership


Register and make payment online for this event HERE.

Huron River Watershed Walks

Saturday, May 24, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Frog Island Park to Waterworks Park Ypsilanti, MI

Guided walk along the Huron River near downtown Ypsilanti. Join Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Director Bob Tetens and HRWC’s Elizabeth Riggs as they explain current efforts to revitalize the riverfront.



Ann Arbor City Hall tour – Green Infrastructure Ann Arbor, MI

Guided tour through Ann Arbor’s City Hall. Join the City of Ann Arbor’s Stormwater Manager Jen Lawson, and HRWC’s Ric Lawson, as they explain what Green Infrastructure is and how Ann Arbor implements its use.


Thursday, June 26, 6 – 8 PM

Beckwith Preserve Stockbridge, MI

Guided walk through the Beckwith Preserve with HRWC’s Kris Olsson and Volunteer Forest Ecologist Robert Ayotte, Legacy Land Conservancy’s Dana Wright, and Five Healthy Towns members Campbell and Francis Laird on a nature walk. We will identify wildflowers and other spring/summer flora, and enjoy Portage Creek, which flows through the preserve.


Free, all ages. Register for walks HERE.

Swim Baseline Lake

Sunday, July 20, 8:30 AM, Baseline Lake, Michigan Sailing Club, Dexter

(1-mile and 2-mile swim)

Jump in for our annual summer tradition; leave the chlorine behind, and try a swim in the river channel through Baseline Lake. Back by popular demand, we are including a 2-mile swim, in addition to our traditional 1-mile swim. All swimmers are required to register in advance to swim. After the swim join us for a continental breakfast of hot coffee, fruit and bagels.


Cost is $25 for HRWC members, $35 for non-members, and $40 for a family.


Register and make payment online for this event HERE.

Paddle Trips — Huron River

5 different trips throughout May – September

Experience the quiet waters of the Huron River with expert paddlers Ron Sell, Barry Lonik, and the HRWC staff.  Each trip includes discussion regarding the river’s water ecology, history, and unique features. Shuttle transportation is provided. Bring your own watercraft, gear, food, drinking water and appropriate clothing for the weather. Every paddler must wear a flotation device – bring your own.9451904838_bb7a5e14be_o

Registration is limited to 10 watercrafts for each trip.

For a Paddler’s Safety Checklist click HERE.


Saturday, May 17

Bruin Lake Chain, birding focus

Put-in at 8 AM*


Saturday, June 21

Summer Solstice Paddle Island Park to Peninsular Dam

Put-in at 4 PM*


Thursday, July 24

Oakwoods Metropark

Put-in at 5 PM*


Saturday, August 9

Full Moon Paddle Pickerel Lake to Crooked Lake

Put-in at 8 PM*


Sunday, September 21

Paddle/Pedal trip

Hudson Mills to Dexter-Huron Metropark (and biking back)

Put-in at 10 AM*


*Exact location of each put-in will be sent to participants upon registration.

Cost is $25 for HRWC members, $35 for non-members                                                       


All paddlers must register in advance and make payments HERE.


Do you have ideas or suggestions for recreational events? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Derek Schrader at recreation@hrwc.org.



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