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River Scouts

HRWC River Scouts paddle to protect the best of the Huron River!

River Scouts foster community pride, identify changes in the river or opportunities for restoration, and protect the river’s natural beauty and habitat as they paddle a section of the river rich in fish, wildlife, vegetation and scenic beauty.

Paddlers on the Huron's "scenic river" section.

The Huron’s ”scenic river” section starts at Kent Lake Dam in Kensington Metropark and continues downstream to the Scio-Ann Arbor Township line (excluding lakeshore in the Chain-of-Lakes and the Village of Dexter) and includes portions of Davis, Arms, and Mill Creeks. In 1977 HRWC and several citizen groups secured the “scenic river” designation for this section of the Huron from Michigan’s Natural Rivers Program.

This special HRWC program is currently in progress for year one during the summer months of 2011.  The second year will present another series of classes and will open for registration in 2012 and will be announced here. To learn more email or call Jason Frenzel, (734) 769-5123 x 600.

River Scouts are a group of paddlers (both novice and experienced) who:
  • LEARN about Michigan’s ”Natural Rivers Program” and how it applies to the Huron River. The Natural Rivers Program was developed to preserve, protect and enhance the state’s finest river systems for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. Through special zoning restrictions that extend 400 feet on each side of the river, the program encourages property owners to keep riverbanks open to wildlife and alive with natural vegetation. (Dates and times posted as available.)
  • PADDLE sections of the Huron’s Natural Rivers District on one or more guided trips or classes throughout the summer.
  • COMMUNICATE the changes they see in the river  or opportunities for clean up or restoration with HRWC, local communities in the “scenic river” section or Natural Rivers Program staff.
  • CLEAN UP the Huron’s scenic river section as part of a community-wide coordinated effort in September. (Dates and times posted as available.)
River Scouts gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage in river stewardship with other paddlers, communities, and property owners along the river.

REI Ann ArborThe River Scouts program is made possible in part by a grant from REI. REI’s passion for the outdoors runs deep. REI’s core purpose is to inspire, educate and outfit people for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.




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