Group Photo at Proud Lake

We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day this past Saturday on our first paddle trip of the summer! Twenty-one canoes and kayaks put-in at the Proud Lake Recreation Area Saturday morning. We had a great group, site with a mix of ages and paddling expertise. Everyone enjoyed the calm waters, the cool breeze, and the sunny sky, which made the shady spots along the river great places to slow down or take a break.

We stopped for a lunch break at Heavner Canoe Livery, where Al Heavner  surprised us with ice cream! After that short and sweet stop, we continued our journey and observed painted turtles, herons, egrets, and one of us even found a spider tagging along in our kayak! Our expert paddlers Ron Sell, Barry Lonik, and Gerry Neumeier guided us throughout the three-hour trip with ease. The old bridge in Milford, built in 1888, marked the end of the journey. This paddle trip was an excellent start to a summer full of recreation events at HRWC.

Thank you to Ron Sell, Barry Lonik, Gerry Neumeier, Elizabeth Riggs, Al Heavner, and to all of our Paddlers to a great paddle trip down the Huron River!

If you are interested in joining the upcoming paddle trip on June 9th from Huron Meadows Metropark to Zukey Lake Tavern, please visit our summer recreation events page and contact Emily Provonsha at to register.