2021 Huron River Day Every Day
Learn about river safety, wetlands, shorelines, dams, floodplains and how we benefit from access to the river from the water we drink to the recreational activities we enjoy as a part of Huron River Day, Every Day! Celebrate the Huron River daily by enjoying fun exhibits, hikes and activities in parks and on trails along the banks of the river. Due to COVID-19, we will not have a one day Huron River Day, but instead have activities available throughout the 2021 spring and summer season.
Beginning May 1, look for 11 signs located in parks
along the Huron River including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and the Dexter-Huron and Delhi Metroparks. Each sign will feature icons with an activity, educational prompt and an opportunity to participate in the Enviro Challenge (EC). Each EC entry involves taking a picture and tagging yourself then posting to Twitter (@a2parks) or Instagram (@annarborparks) with the hashtag #HuronRiverDay
for a chance to win a prize. More than $1,000 prizes will be awarded in June!
Sign locations are posted on this page (above) as well as prizes you can win, a list of in-person special events in May including guided walks along the river and volunteer opportunities (COVID-19 guidelines will be in place including mask requirements and physical distancing) are listed below.
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-Clinton Metroparks, the Huron River Watershed Council and the City of Ypsilanti.
Huron River Day History
Forty 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. In 2021 we're promoting self-guided adventures in parks along the river including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and the Huon-Clinton Metroparks. In addition to the signs located in these parks, there are a wide variety of in-person events you can enjoy with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Below you'll find a list of walks and volunteer opportunities for all ages. For more information about Huron River Day, call 734.794.6240.
- Wednesday, May 26, 3-5 p.m. Gallup Park. GIVE 365 is hosting a park and pond clean up at Gallup Park. Limited spots are available for paddlers who are comfortable paddling a canoe near the shoreline to retrieve litter form the river. Others can walk on foot to track down loose litter. All will be welcomed by Huron River Watershed Council staff to learn a bit about the river and stewardship goals. Contact [email protected] to reserve your spot. Masks are required. Open to all ages.
Do-it-yourself river cleanups on the water or from the shore
Picking up trash in the river and along the shore helps keep the Huron River and its tributaries healthy and safe for people and wildlife. Head out and spend an afternoon on the river or at a park – trash bag in hand! Use your own canoe or kayak, borrow one, or rent one and hit a section of the river to pick up trash while you paddle. Details on put in and take out locations throughout the Huron can be found thanks to the Huron River Watershed Council. For how-to instructions on preparing for a cleanup go to www.hrwc.org/cleanup.
Adopt-A-stormdrain with the Huron River Watershed Council
Keep the Huron River free of trash and reduce neighborhood flooding. Stormdrains carry runoff and pollution to our waterways – no filters, no treatment. Regularly cleaning litter and debris from a stormdrain's grate is simple, and there are no strict timelines so you can volunteer whenever it is convenient for you. Learn more online.
Huron River Water Trail
Explore the Huron River Water Trail — 104 miles of inland paddling and five trail towns to welcome you — designated a National Water Trail by the National Park Service. Connect to the river's natural environment, its history, and the communities it touches in Southeast Michigan. From rapids to placid flat water, from small town to city, a variety of adventures await. Find maps, links to outfitters, recommended trips, things to do and see in the trail towns and everything you need to plan your water trail adventure.
For additional Huron-Clinton Metropark information, visit the following websites: