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Old May 27th, 2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation Huron River Boating Question

I see various boats in the Huron all the time, from the usual kayaks and canoes to decent size fishing boats with out boards and/or trolling motors.

I posed this question to several dnr officers on the phone and never got an answer, just shuffled around to different offices and departments and no call back.

The area I'm talking about is washtenaw county, huron river between dexter and Ann Arbor/ypsi.

What are (if any) the boating restrictions for the river?
Specifically size/length, powered/non powered?
Nobody I've talked to knows a damn thing.

It's not that I want to try and bomb a ski boat up river, just wondering the law.

And I'm sure everyone has lots of opinions, I'm looking for facts.


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Old June 13th, 2009, 09:23 AM   #2
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Well, the DNR never called me back, I'm done with trying to track someone down there.
Guess no one here knows either.
Oh well.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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usually restrictions like that are posted at the public launch on the lake
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G/F and I stopped in at Argo Park? last year and picked up some brochures/maps on the river. We've kayaked from Geddes Bridge area (where they rebuilt the new bridge couple years ago) towards UofM hospital.


Stop in at a rental shop in the area or kayak corral on Michigan Ave just west of Saline heading out of town.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 05:20 PM   #5
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I've never seen anything posted like that around the river in A2. I used to go to Gallup Park years ago and saw regular fishing boats with motors on the river there
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I've kayaked down the Huron River from Proud Lake Recreation Area to Lake Erie (4 days)...did it last September...yes, almost the entire way in one long weekend trip. Motor boats (and pontoons) generally stick to the lake areas (Going downstream...Proud Lake, Kent Lake, 4 interconnecting lakes from Strawberry Lake to Base Line Lake, Barton Pond, Argo pond, Gallup, Ford Lake *hotspot*, Belleville Lake *hotspot*, Lake Erie). But we did pass a DNR motorboat in the area between Delhi and Dexter-Huron Metroparks. For the most part you aren't going to be taking a motorboat down the Huron River.

As far as the "law" is concerned...you have to have a floatation device for every person. Boat restrictions...I don't know of any. Then again there aren't that many public boat launches that handle a trailerized motorboat along the Huron...just the larger lakes on the Huron. We saw lots of private houses that had motorboats along sections of the Huron where it was deeper. How a regular guy could get a motorboat back there...ummm...I bet a regular guy couldn't.

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