Paddle along three Ann Arbor nature areas, Bird Hills, Hilltop and Barton as you paddle upstream to Barton Dam a few miles north of the city. Barton Nature Area is 98-acres and contains the Barton oxbow, (a term used to refer to a u-shaped meander in a river). The present vegetation signals the history of the land here, suggesting that most of the oxbow was prairie and oak savanna prior to being farmed. Currently this area contains a mix of old field, dry prairie, wet meadow and shrubland, mesic forest, and emergent marsh, making habitat for a wide variety of birds, waterfowl, and turtles and a paddle trip that will feel like you are up north.
Bring your own watercraft for an “out and back” paddle trip exploring a unique section of the Huron River National Water Trail. HRWC staff and local experts will give a short talk on the river’s ecology, history and features.
Location: Bandemer Park, Ann Arbor
Park Entrance: Intersection of Whitmore Lake Drive and Barton Drive in Ann Arbor
Meet up/Parking: Drive into Huron Bridge Park past the first parking lot, go over the bridge and under M-14 into the parking area for the Bandemer Disc Golf Course
Limited single person kayaks available for those in need. Please email Allie Schneider to reserve a kayak, first come availability.
Event is hosted by HRWC and the City of Ann Arbor Canoe Livery.