HRWC staff picks of favorite watershed spots, celebrating 50 years of river protection and restoration work.
Hudson Mills Metropark is literally in my backyard. It is arguably the reason we bought our home. My husband and I are both river scientists and enthusiasts so when it came time to raise a family we knew we wanted our children on the river. A lot.
The park is such a great setting to access the river. You can bike (or take a wagon ride) along the border-to-border trail. In this section, that trail is lined by beautiful forest and offers many river views. My favorite time on the trail is during the spring bloom. Trout lily, trillium, spring beauty and marsh marigold are just a few of the gems that carpet the forest floor in early spring.
Paddling this stretch is a treat too. The river is wide, meandering, forested and full of wildlife. The clear water makes fish and turtle sighting easy and there is no shortage of birds. The water is clean, often shallow and slow moving with a welcoming bottom so we let our kids wade around, swim, throw sticks and rocks to their heart’s content.
And then there are days where we are looking for the company of others. We head to the visitors center for one of their many events like the Easter egg hunt or maple sugaring demonstrations. Or we picnic and let the kids burn some energy on the play ground.
We are incredibly fortunate in the Huron River watershed, to have the Metroparks system. They own the land along an incredible 40 miles of the river protecting it from development and maintaining the natural setting that people and animals alike enjoy.
HRWC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year!
Tell us your favorite watershed spot HERE.