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The Detroit Heritage River Water Trail is one of Michigan's most dynamic and diverse water trails, traveling past the urban areas of downtown Detroit and the serene areas of the International Wildlife Refuge.

Detroit Heritage River Water Trail The Detroit Heritage River Water Trail is one of the Michigan's most dynamic and diverse water trails, traveling past the urban areas of downtown Detroit and the serene areas of the International Wildlife Refuge. The water trail is organized into four distinct paddling segments.

The Belle Isle/Detroit segment travels around Historic Belle Isle, providing great views of the island ( including the historic Detroit Yacht Club), the Detroit skyline and Canada. This 7-mile trail segment also provides a great opportunity to observe freighters from the water.

The Rouge River segment begins in the City of Melvindale and travels about 6 miles down the Rouge River to a takeout at Belanger Park on the Detroit River. The route highlights the automotive history of the area with close up views of the Ford Rouge Complex, unique bascule bridges and some pockets of green.

The Huron River segment begins in the City of Flat Rock and travels about 10 miles to Lake Erie. This trail segment is quite scenic as it meanders through several small bedroom communities.

The Lower Detroit River segment begins in Wyandotte's Bishop Park (which features an adaptive kayak launch) and travels about 10 miles south to Lake Erie. The trail passes by many downriver features, including the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge. This segment also includes 3 additional adaptive kayak launch.

Our Routes

Get a more in depth access to our routes using our online maps and 360 Degree Route app!

Belle Isle Paddle Route

Segment travels around Historic Belle Isle, providing great views of the island (including the historic Detroit Yacht Club), the Detroit skyline and Canada.

Conservation Crescent Loop

A loop from GI Waterfront Park around Stony Island returning via the hole-in-the-wall.

Erie Metro North & South launches to Pointe Mouilee Loop

Lake Erie shoreline and canal water trail through nature preserves.

Flat Rock to Lake Erie

A nice river paddle to the lake. This is best accomplished one way.

Grassy Island Loop

A loop from the BASF Waterfront Park Launch (Pine Street Put-in) around Grassy Island and back.

Grosse Ile Paddle Route

This is a network of routes around various portions of Grosse Ile. These routes can be reached from a variety of access points either on Gl or on the mainland.

Handler Drain Loop

Elizabeth Park, around Humbug island and into the Handler Drain and back.

Hennepin Loop

A short loop from Wyandotte around Hennepin point, to the Gl Lighthouse returning by the channel between Hennepin point and Grosse Ile.

Lake Erie Metropark Canals

Short and easy paddle through the wooded and marshy area of Lake Erie Metropark.

Our Routes

Get a more in depth access to our routes using our online maps and 360 Degree Route app!

Belle Isle Paddle Route

Segment travels around Historic Belle Isle, providing great views of the island (including the historic Detroit Yacht Club), the Detroit skyline and Canada.

Conservation Crescent Loop

This loop starts at Lake Erie Metro Park and passes by many of the islands south of Grosse Ile.

Erie Metro North & South launches to Pointe Mouilee Loop

Lake Erie shoreline and canal water trail through nature preserves.

Flat Rock to Lake Erie

A nice river paddle to the lake. This is best accomplished one way.

Grassy Island Loop

A loop from the BASF Waterfront Park Launch (Pine Street Put-in) around Grassy Island and back.

Grosse Ile Paddle Route

This is a network of routes around various portions of Grosse Ile. These routes can be reached from a variety of access points either on Gl or on the mainland.

Handler Drain Loop

Elizabeth Park, around Humbug island and into the Handler Drain and back.

Hennepin Loop

A short loop from Wyandotte around Hennepin point, to the Gl Lighthouse returning by the channel between Hennepin point and Grosse Ile.

Lake Erie Metropark Canals

Short and easy paddle through the wooded and marshy area of Lake Erie Metropark.