Huron River - Island Lake State Park
First trip on this section of the Huron River, we put in at the "Huron River Site" fishing access/canoe launch. It has ample parking and room to launch.
The river was flowing at a very easy rate on this day. The river is relaxing and a very easy paddle for the most part. We only encountered a couple downed trees that were relatively easy to get around prior to the Riverbend access.
We noted quite a few boats were pulling out at Riverbend. After we passed we realized why, there were numerous downed trees/branches from there on, particularly in the vicinity of the canoe camps. Kayaks had a very easy time maneuvering around or over the obstructions. We were paddling a 16' canoe and had to do some serious positioning to get lined up just right to get thru some of the tight S's. One of them having a serious "limbo" log in the middle. Beginners may experience some difficulty getting around or end up banging the boat up a bit.
The river opened up very nicely prior to our take out at "Placeways." Placeways has paved parking, picnic area, pit toilet and a drive to load/unload adjacent to the river. There are bike paths that allow you to spot a bike to get back to your rig if you dont want to take two vehicles.
Overall trip took about three hours.
State Park pass required for entry in this section
We used the DNR map noted in the directions above and the following metropark map (pdf file):
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)