HUDSON MILLS METROPARK
The Huron River Watershed is a unique and valuable natural resource in southeast Michigan and is part of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks system (http://www.metroparks.com/Education). Metroparks are a separate regional park system from the Michigan State Parks and require a separate entry permit. This park system was authorized in 1939 and funding began in 1942 with local property taxes providing for most of the budget. Additional funding comes from vehicle admission fees.
More than 20 miles of the Huron River flows through Metroparks land. Near the south end of the eight mile stretch of river connecting the chain of lakes is 1,549-acre Hudson Mills Metropark with tamarack swamp, open fields, and deciduous forest. This is a popular destination for canoeing and kayaking. It also offers an 18-hole golf course, disc golf courses, picnic areas, softball diamonds, tennis, basketball, volleyball, canoe and group camps, river fishing, and nature trails.
Trails in the park include a 3-mile walking and biking loop and the West River Trail connecting the park to downtown Dexter. The West River Trail is part of Michigan’s Border-to-Border (B2B) trail project.
Hudson Mills Metropark is open during the winter with groomed cross-country ski trails available.