by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)
© Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The Huron River offers some great paddling. I have kayaked two sections: Argo Park to Gallup Park - surprisingly serene and beautiful for traveling through the heart of Ann Arbor. The only downside: lots of traffic close to Gallup park. Island Lake Rec Area to Huron Meadows Metropark - absolutely gorgeous. Really secluded and peaceful, slow moving, almost entirely through state rec areas and metroparks. Near US-23 ran into a problem with fallen trees with no paths cleared. This required some inventive maneuvering. Not really a problem within park boundaries. Island Lake and Huron Meadows are a short drive from each other, making it easy to drop off a car prior to this 11 mile stretch of river.
The trail report for the Huron River has been very helpful. A friend and I have now kayaked from Portlage Lake to Ypsilanti, using the trail report as our guide. We've been doing the river in sections, and the guide is a great tool for determining where to put in and get off the river.
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