River Snorkeling Program

Let’s Snorkel in 2016

Starting in 2016, Michigan Sea Grant is partnering with the Huron River Watershed Council to offer an educational river snorkeling program in the Huron River watershed. There’s no better way to learn about fish, bugs, plants and turtles than swimming with them! The program will include identification and education of:

  • Fish, aquatic insects, turtles, plants and other aquatic life
  • Connections between watersheds and the Great Lakes
  • In stream habitat – why fish need pools, runs, and woody debris
  • Invasive species
  • Urban and agricultural runoff
  • Climate change

Stay tuned for more information on how to register for the program..

Questions? Contact jacotron@umich.edu. 

Sneak Preview

Want to know what the program will be like? The video below provides an excellent preview. Based on the established U.S. Forest Service’s Freshwater Snorkeling Toolkit and taking advantage of the clean and clear waters of the upper Huron River watershed, attendees will discover the diversity of the underwater flora and fauna and see first-hand the environment in which fish live. Join us and improve your Great Lakes literacy!

A Deeper Creek – The Watchable Waters of Appalachia from Freshwaters Illustrated on Vimeo.

The Huron River

In southeastern Michigan, the Huron River watershed spans a land area of more than 900 square miles and drains water to the Huron River through hundreds of tributary creeks and streams. The river flows more than 125 miles from its headwaters at Big Lake, near Pontiac, to its mouth at Lake Erie. The river’s drainage area includes seven Michigan counties (Oakland, Livingston, Ingham, Jackson, Washtenaw, Wayne, Monroe), 63 municipal governments, and a half million residents. Upstream of Ann Arbor, the Huron is a relatively clean and clear river, making it ideal location to learn about stream ecology via snorkeling.