River Snorkeling Program


Freshwater river snorkeling is fun, safe, and is the best way to learn about fish and other aquatic life.

Let’s Snorkel

Michigan Sea Grant supports the Huron River Watershed Council educational river snorkeling program. The day-long program teaches YMCA summer camp participants about fish, bugs, plants, and river ecology in the Huron River watershed.

Participants learn net-sampling techniques and don a mask and snorkel to see life underwater.

The program includes 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

Questions? Contact Jason Frenzel jfrenzel@hrwc.org

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

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.