Explore the scenic Huron River in Milford
The natural beauty of the Upper Huron can be explored by kayak, canoe, paddle board, or tube, and the gentle flowing river can be enjoyed by beginners to advanced paddlers alike.
Milford is proud of its heritage and connection to the Huron River, and boasting two liveries plus being a designated Trail Town, Milford is a destination for paddling recreation. Many times during the summer months I venture out to paddle, sometimes with my husband in our tandem kayak, and sometimes on my own in my single person kayak.
When I am with my husband in our tandem kayak, we usually start in Proud Lake Recreation Area, and finish at Kent Lake. During the journey we are often greeted by many turtles sunning themselves on logs, swans, ducks, and herons. Dragonflies land on our kayak to hitch a ride with us. Looking down into the clear water fish can be seen darting about. Other paddlers pass and wave or smile with a friendly hello. Tubers float without a care in the world, and anglers in boats or on the shore wait for their bait to be nabbed. We pass by natural areas, and lovely waterfront homes in the Village of Milford. Central Park is a good place to take a break, or take a short stroll and visit downtown Milford.
If continuing on downstream, portaging over Hubbell Dam is simple enough, but helpful if there is a buddy or other kind paddler to assist in taking your vessel over. After that you will be rewarded with seeing the part of the river that feels more like you are up north in a less populated area as you paddle through the wooded shorelines of Kensington Metropark. The river opens up to Kent Lake, where beautiful water lilies abound.
The Huron River in Milford is calm enough that one can paddle upstream, so you do not necessarily have to worry about where to park your car or drop off your kayak or canoe. Just park at a launch site, and you can paddle upstream and then back downstream, or vice versa. There are many options for paddling short or long distances, from 0.9 river miles to 8+ river miles. You can opt to stay near the Trail Town, or venture out to see the river in the natural areas of Proud Lake Recreation Area or Kensington Metropark.
View an interactive map of the Huron River in Milford and plan your next paddle trip there.
Have fun, stay safe with these TIPS from the Trail!