Canoeing, kayaking, biking, walking, swimming and fishing are just a few of the pursuits people enjoy along the Huron. Much can be done to increase access to the riverfront for passive use and improve its accesses and passages for paddlers. City, county and metropolitan agencies have developed extensive park systems that provide access and venues for these activities and plans are in the works for more, such as additional greenways to provide trails for walkers and bicyclists. The RiverUp! approach—from Milford through Ypsilanti down to Flat Rock and Lake Erie—will augment these projects and add complementary ones. We are improving recreational access to the river; adding interpretive, way-finding, and historical signage; and creating linkages from city to village along the way.
PROJECTS: *Asterisk indicates project in progress/planned
12 dams are located on the Huron River and all require safe portages. All portages have been evaluated and RiverUp! is leading or supporting the following improvement projects:
SUPERIOR DAM PORTAGE, SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP
BARTON DAM PORTAGE, ANN ARBOR
FORD LAKE DAM PORTAGE, YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP
FLOOK DAM PORTAGE, DEXTER TOWNSHIP
PENINSULAR PAPER DAM PORTAGE, YPSILANTI
KENT LAKE DAM PORTAGE, ISLAND LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
*FRENCH LANDING DAM PORTAGE, VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP
*FLAT ROCK DAM PORTAGE AND SAFETY MEASURES, FLAT ROCK
Water Trail Access
– Approximately 40 access points to the Water Trail are owned and maintained by a variety of land owners, all of whom are partners to the HRWT.
ISLAND PARK CANOE AND KAYAK ACCESS, ANN ARBOR
FROG ISLAND ACCESS, YPSILANTI
HURON RIVER WATER TRAIL CONFIDENCE MARKERS AT ACCESS POINTS AND ROAD CROSSINGS
*UNIVERSAL ACCESS SITE EVALUATIONS: 35 access sites were evaluated for Universal Access opportunities, and a subset will have site designs completed for eventual construction
*LABO PARK RIVERFRONT IMPROVEMENT PLAN, SOUTH ROCKWOOD
*RUSTIC CAMPING PLATFORMS, WASHTENAW COUNTY
Water Trail Maintenance
PADDLESPORT SAFETY: lifejacket education and distribution; portage how-to videos; and safety and etiquette education
TRAIL AMBASSADOR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM: Experienced paddlers adopt trail sections to monitor at the beginning and end of paddling season
TRAIL CLEAN-UPS: Litter clean-ups in and along the river are completed annually in several locations including Milford, Dexter, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Flat Rock.
Promoting River Recreation
Huron River Water Trail Paddler’s Companion Map Book – A flipbook of waterproof maps of the water trail features 28 color maps on durable, waterproof pages with spiral ring binding. The Paddler’s Companion serves as the on-the-water guide for all 104 miles of the trail thanks to details on amenities, hazards, trail facts, river etiquette and safety information, and more. Pick up one today!
Huron River Water Trail Online Trip Planning — Our online tool offers a nearly complete water trail experience . . . minus the water. Are you looking for a lazy float on flat water or a chance to try your whitewater skills? Paddling options, portages, and many other trail features are mapped with recommended trips to last a few hours to a few days. Investigate the distance, time, level of difficulty, highlights, and more for each recommended trip.
Trail Towns booklet
HRWT display booth at local festivals, and outreach events such as Quiet Water Symposium
Advertising program: Michigan Welcome Centers, Ann Arbor Observer Guest Guide, Washtenaw County CVB Guide, Pure Michigan publication and travel website property