Huron River Water Trail - Proud Lake to Kent Lake (segment 1)

  • Milford Dam kayak slide

    Milford Dam kayak slide

  • Strava map of route

    Strava map of route

A self-supported trip created by mariagoodrich

Trip Overview

Put in at Proud Lake North Boat Launch Ramp:

Took out at the Kensington Metropark Shore Fishing Parking:

Gauge height at Hamburg was 3.63 ft:

Trip time: 5h 1m

Paddling distance (logged on Strava): 10.70 miles

We dropped a shuttle car at Kensington Metropark Shore Fishing Parking and then launched our group from Proud Lake North Boat Launch Ramp. After gentle current through the first section we had a short portage over Moss Lake Dam (portage right of dam). Immediately downstream of the dam it was pretty shallow, but easy paddling. Water got deeper and slower as we approached Hubbell Pond. Stopped in Central Park in Milford for a snack and to climb the hill to the bathrooms. From here on to Milford Dam the impoundment was densely choked with pondweed. The portage over Milford Dam had nice kayak slides ascending and descending. After the dam it was shallow again for a while and easy to get beached on sandbars in places if you didn't watch out, but easy paddling overall. Water slowed again as we approached Kent Lake - you can take out at West Dawson Rd to avoid the flatwater paddling. We continued on through thick pondweed to the Kensington Metropark Shore Fishing Parking.

This was our first segment toward competing the Huron 104: https://huronriverwatertrail.o...

Gear Notes

Mix of small sit-inside and sit-on-top kayaks, and one rugged inflatable kayak


Relatively low water; gauge height at Hamburg was 3.63 ft:

Low water and high temps contributed to lots of pondweed growth in the impoundments

Portage Notes

Portage right at Moss Lake Dam

Portage right at Milford Dam (kayak slides on ascent and descent)

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 6/2/2023
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 2

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