• OFFICIALLY JUNE 26

    BUT THE FUN HAPPENS ALL YEAR LONG

    Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC), Friends of the Detroit River (FDR), Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) and Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) are celebrating National Canoe and Kayak Day on Sun. June 26. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the more than 200 miles of water trails across these four beautiful Southeast Michigan rivers all year long.

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    DOWNLOAD A RIVER BINGO CARD

    AND EXPLORE NATURE AS YOU PADDLE!

     

    Take a photo of your completed bingo card and post it on social media with hashtags

    #semich #canoeandkayakday

  • PADDLING SAFETY

  • RESPECT YOUR WATERSHED

    It is important to remember that most water bodies support a wide variety of recreational uses. People use these water resources to swim, fish, boat and paddle. It is also important to remember that while some shoreline is public land, much is owned by private citizens, many of whom believe the shoreline is an extension of their front yard. Whether it’s interacting with local residents or other river users, paddlers have a responsibility to be good ambassadors of the water trail.

     
     
    Interacting with Local Residents and Other River Access Users
    • Drive courteously and within the speed limit. Good driving etiquette, particularly in residential areas, is essential for maintaining positive relationships with those that live near paddling destinations.
    • Park in designated areas, making sure not to block driveways or interfere with traffic.
    • Change clothes discretely.
    • Do not play loud music.
    • Follow the laws and rules of the area that you are using.
    • Consider taking a few minutes to pick up litter left by others.
    Interacting with Anglers
    • Stay in the main flow whenever possible while paddling past anglers or while paddling in heavily fished waters.
    • In areas that are being fished, paddle past consistently with minimal splashing or interference.
    • Avoid shouting or being loud.
    • Don’t approach casting anglers.
    • Avoid startling anglers. Pass anglers on highly visible paths down the river and make eye contact with the angler as far upstream as possible.
    Interacting with Boaters
    • At put-ins and take-outs, behave in a friendly, positive manner toward others and be helpful to those who might need assistance.
    • Allow for spacing upstream and downstream of others, particularly in a rapid, and seek to avoid collisions.
    • When entering a rapid, the upstream craft has the right of way. Those entering the current should yield to those already in it.
    • When exiting the current, avoid eddies that are full, if possible, and take care when entering occupied eddies.
    • When playing, avoid blocking navigation by yielding to oncoming, upstream craft. Exit a play spot after a reasonable time to allow someone else to use it.
    • Always provide assistance to others who are in trouble or who are injured.
    Tips provided by www.michiganwatertrails.org.
     

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    SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN WAter trAILS

    Thank you to www.michiganwatertrails.org for this interactive map

     

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Clinton River Watershed Council

    1115 Avon Road

    Rochester, MI. 48309

    (248) 601-0606

    www.crwc.org

    Friends of the Detroit River

    20600 Eureka Road

    Taylor, MI 48180

    (734) 288-3889

    www.detroitriver.org

    Huron River Watershed Council

    1100 N. Main St. #210

    Ann Arbor, MI. 48104

    (734) 769-5123

    www.hrwc.org

    Friends of the Rouge

    650 Church St. #209

    Plymouth, MI. 48170

    (734) 927-4900

    www.therouge.org