Water Activities

Water Trails

Detroit Heritage River Water Trail 

Water trail from the City of Detroit to the south thru Downriver to Lake Erie Metropark  This water trail meanders through the rich natural and cultural resources of the Detroit, Rouge, Huron and River Raisin and offers many opportunities for kayaking.  Experience from the water our region’s natural beauty  and amazing variety of wildlife ~ the marshes, coastal wetlands, islands, fish, ducks, herons, eagles and more!

Huron River Water Trail RiverUp! 

The Huron River Water Trail is a 104 mile inland paddling trail connection people to the river’s natural environment, its history and the communities it touches.

Lower Huron – Pte. Mouillee – Swan Creek

Upper River Raisin

Central River Raisin

Brest Bay – Lower Raisin – Bolles Harbor

Otter Creek – Toledo Beach – Luna Pier

Erie – North Maumee Bay 

Lower Rouge River Industrial Route

Dearborn Paddle – In and around Ford Field

Wayne Lower Rouge Parkway

Newburgh Lake 

Metroparks and Marinas

Huron-Clinton Metroparks 

Huron-Clinton Metroparks is a regional park system in Metro Detroit.  Downriver is home to four major parks within the Metroparks system.  Lake Erie, Willow, Lower Huron and Oakwood.

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge                             

A unique gem located in southeast Michigan, Detroit River IWR is the only international wildlife refuge in North America.  The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge  is located along the lower Detroit River and western shoreline of Lake Erie.

Wayne County Parks ~ Elizabeth Park 

Elizabeth Park, the first County Park in the State of Michigan is located along the Detroit River in the City of Trenton.  This park features over 1,300 feet of riverwalk for fishing and river watching  In addition Elizabeth Park also offers activities such as softball, cycling, in-line skating, hiking, cross-country skiing and kayaking.

Elizabeth Park Marina

A 52 slip transient marina and boat launch are also located along the shoreline.

Boat Launches & Ramps

Erie Metro Park Boat Ramp
32481 Jefferson Avenue
Rockwood, Michigan 48173
(734) 379-5020

Elizabeth Park Ramp
202 Grosse Ile Parkway
Trenton, Michigan 48183
(734) 675-8051

Harrison Ave (Rotary) Ramp
Harrison Avenue
Trenton, Michigan

Wyandotte Ramp
711 Jefferson Ave (Biddle)
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192
(734) 284-6774

Ecorse Ramp
4633 W. Jefferson Avenue
Ecorse, MI 48229
(313) 285-0318

Belanger Park Ramp
Belanger Park Rd (East of Jefferson)
River Rouge, Michigan

Delray Ramp
Jefferson & Ft Wayne
Detroit, Michigan

St. Jean (Reids) Ramp
St. Jean Street
Detroit, Michigan

Fishing Spots

Dingell Park
W Jefferson Ave
Ecorse, MI 48229

Elizabeth Park
4250 Elizabeth Dr.
Trenton, MI 48183

Huroc Park
28700 Arsenal Rd.
Flat Rock, MI 48134

Bishop Park
Wyandotte, MI 48192

Some information provided by:

Riverside Kayak Connection 
Anita M. Twardesky
Community Outreach

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