Huron River Day Free Event is May 19

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Archived News Release: April 29, 2019 - ​Enjoy the beautiful Huron River with free, family-friendly river activities during the Huron River Day festival at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor, Sunday, May 19, noon–4 p.m. Learn, explore and have fun celebrating Ann Arbor's wonderful freshwater with discounted boat rentals, children's activities, river exhibits, music and food. This event is sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation.

Come out to discover and have fun on ​​the Huron River:

  • Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor kicks off the festival at noon.

  • Educational and fun river exhibits.

  • Paddle a boat with $5 canoe and kayak rentals. Ride your bike and your boat is free!

  • Try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

  • Antique/Classic Small Boat Show.

  • Presentations by Dirt Doctors at 2 and 4 p.m.

  • Live music under a tent next to the river by Hullabaloo, Steve Summers Band and from the Neutral Zone: The Left Lanes and Hazel Bee.

  • Kids activities including the Enviro-Challenge (prizes for participants).

  • Butterfly house from the Michigan Native Butterfly Farm.

  • Live animals from the Leslie Science & Nature Center.

  • Purchase delicious local food provided by food trucks.

  • Nature Hikes by Natural Area Preservation at 1 and 3 p.m.

  • Fishing fun – poles, bait and instruction included.

  • River critters with the Huron River Watershed Council.

  • Stream activity with the University of Michigan Natural History Museum.

Washtenaw County's Pa​​rker Mill Co​unty Park

Tours will be offered of the historic Pioneer Grist Mill May 19 noon–4 p.m. to celebrate the Huron River.

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, the Washtenaw Stormwater Advisory Group and the Middle Huron Stormwater Advisory Group.

Huron River Da​​y 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 or visit

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Media Contact Information

Cheryl Saam
Recreation Supervisor, Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries
[email protected]

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