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​​37th Annual Huron River Day 2017

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 9, noon-4 p.m.

Come out and experience everything the Huron River has to offer! Paddle a boat with $5 canoe and kayak rentals, try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), listen to live music, watch a performance by the Aviary Circus, and eat delicious local food – all while learning about the Huron River! Fun river-themed exhibits and children’s activities include learning about how streams work with the University of Michigan Natural History Museum, a river-themed art exhibit, fishing, dipping for river-critters with the Huron River Watershed Council, live animals from the Leslie Science & Nature Center, a butterfly house from the Michigan Native Butterfly Farm, and the annual Enviro-Challenge with prizes for youth.  

Huron River Day musical entertainment will feature Charlie Reischl with teens from the Neutral Zone, Steve Somers and Friends, and Hullabaloo. Local cuisine will include Shimmy Shack, EJ’s Gourmet Street Cuisine, and Pilar’s Tamales. Parking is available, but ride your bike to Gallup Park and your boat rental will be free. The Washtenaw County’s Parker Mill County Park will also be offering tours of the historic Pioneer Grist Mill. 

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.

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.  

• 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).
• And so much more! See the site map and event schedule for details (PDF). 

For more information about Huron River Day, call 734.794.6240.