Enjoy the beautiful Huron River with free family-friendly river activities during the Huron River Day celebration at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor, on Sunday, July 10, noon–4 p.m.
Come out and experience everything the Huron River has to offer!
• Paddle a boat with $5 canoe and kayak rentals.
• Enjoy food and live music.
• Prepare for summer adventures with paddling safety tips and free life jackets from the Huron River Watershed Council.
• Learn more about rivers in the children’s tent with art and science activities.
• Discover how streams work with the University of Michigan Natural History Museum.
• Enjoy a river-themed art exhibit.
• Catch fish, study river bugs and see live animals with the Leslie Science & Nature Center.
• Step into a butterfly house.
• Try out stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).
Huron River Day musical entertainment will feature the Washtenaw Community College Jazz Band, Gemini and Hullabaloo. Ann Arbor's 107one with Martin Bandyke will have a live feed at the Gallup Canoe Livery from noon-2 p.m. A variety of local food trucks will be on hand with delicious fare throughout the event. Parking is available, but ride your bike to Gallup Park and your boat rental will be free.
The Huron River Day Celebration is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation. Additional support provided by Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation, the City of Ann Arbor, the Huron River Watershed Council and the Washtenaw Stormwater Advisory Group.
The festivities will also extend to other spots along the Huron River Water Trail on July 10. The Washtenaw County Parker Mill County Park will offer tours of the historic Pioneer Grist Mill. The Huron River Watershed Council, with support from Toyota, will host a morning 1-mile river swim at Baseline Lake, and paddling safety talks and free lifejackets, a guided paddle trip, discount canoe and kayak rentals, a river history talk and free fly fishing lessons in Milford, Dexter, Ypsilanti and Flat Rock. Details here: http://www.hrwc.org/events/huron-river-appreciation-day/.
Huron River Day History
More than 30 years ago, the Huron River Day celebration began as a way to encourage partnerships among government, private and non-profit organizations and to educate citizens about the importance of water quality and Huron River preservation. Each year, this event draws approximately 2,500 people from the Ann Arbor community to celebrate the Huron River. For more information about Huron River Day, call 734.794.6240.