The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile inland paddling trail connecting people to the river’s natural environment, its history and the communities it touches in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
In several parts of the Huron River watershed, people are talking about improving recreational access to the river, adding interpretive, way-finding, and historical signage, creating linkages from city to village, and creative economic development opportunities. These ideas are at the heart of a “Water Trail.”
To coordinate these efforts and extend the idea to the entire navigable portion of the river, the Huron River Watershed Council is facilitating an effort to develop a Huron River Water Trail (HRWT). Our aim is to reconnect communities in Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties to the Huron River and its recreational, economic, historic, and cultural values.
See some of our work with these stories from concentrate media and annarbor.com.
Make a donation HERE to support the Huron River Water Trail Project
Are you looking for some inspiration in planning a day off or a weekend with the family? Check out our Recommended Trips for ideas, maps, and trip descriptions.
Maps Available for your Use
* NEW * Waterproof Paddler’s Companion
Huron River Canoeing & Kayaking Map
Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority recently updated their Huron River Canoeing & Kayaking Map which provides information on riverside amenities (camping, parking, water, toilets), land manager information, and navigational insights (landings, dams, and portages).
Huron River Water Trail Google Earth Map
The Huron River Watershed Council has developed a Google Earth map for the Water Trail. You will need Google Earth to utilize this tool. This software can be downloaded for free at the Google Earth Download website. After downloading and installing Google Earth, click the link below to download the Huron River Water Trail Google Map (.kmz file). Opening the file will load the map into Google Earth.
Huron River Water Trail Google Earth Map – 100 KB KMZ file; Google Earth required.
Water Trail Planning Maps
The Greenway Collaborative, Inc. has provided GIS-based planning tools as a resource for the Huron River Water Trail planners and users. This map is in draft form, but is available for your use.
Huron River Water Trail Overview Map – 6.8 MB JPEG (low resolution)
Note: These maps are provided as general guides and are not to be relied upon to identify all hazards.
If you are interested in learning more about this project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.