RiverUp! cut its proverbial teeth on the neglected portage of the Superior Dam near river mile 43 in 2012. In August 2012, the portage was re-opened with new features such as a low dock for canoe and kayak take-out, a graded gravel path, and new sheltered launch area in quiet waters. A rustic black willow bench ties the site together. Way-finding signs sporting the Huron River Water Trail and RiverUp! logos debuted at the site, as well.
The portage improvements are the result of the generous support of Thomas Buhr and John Carver, with cooperation from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, City of Ann Arbor, and Superior Township. SmithGroupJJR designed the project and Michigan Hardscape, LLC was the construction contractor.