Ford Lake's water surface area is 975 acres with a maximum depth of 30 feet. The fishery is characterized by good numbers of a wide variety of sportfish species. Two fishing highlights are bluegills and walleyes. Both species exhibit growth rates well above the Michigan average. Angling opportunities include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, catfish, white bass, perch, pike, bullhead and crappies as well as others.
In the summer of 1885 Tuttle bridge was built over the Huron River before it became Ford Lake at Tuttle Hill Rd. The bridge was 110 feet long and 16 feet wide. The bridge remained in use until the 1930's when the Ford Lake Dam was built to provide hydroelectric power for manufacturing plants of the Ford Motor Company. The water of the Huron River was backed up behind the dam and covered Tuttle Bridge. As time passed, ice pused the bridge onto its side and there it lies today about 25 feet under water, 50 yards from the shore.
Ford Lake Park - 9075 S. Huron River Dr.
This 98 acre gem is our "Signature Park" and home to park operations. Located on the south banks of Ford Lake, amenities include a public boat and canoe launch, fishing areas, four pavilions available to rent, restrooms, basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts, six tennis courts, ball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, play equipment, wooded areas, plenty of open space, trails, wetlands and multiple picnic areas with picnic tables, benches, and grills. This park is staffed and gated during the park season.
Other parks in the Ford Lake Park System include North Hydro Park, South Hydro Park, North Bay Park, Loonfeather Point Park, and Lakeside Park. Find more information about these and other Parks in Ypsilanti Township on our Park System page.
Huron River Watershed
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 itself 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.
Founded in 1965, the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is southeast Michigan's oldest environmental organization dedicated to river protection. The Huron River Watershed Council works to inspire attitudes, behaviors, and economies to protect, rehabilitate, and sustain the Huron River System.
HRWC is a nonprofit coalition of Huron Valley residents, businesses, and local governments. The Council bridges political boundaries by building partnerships between and among communities, community leaders, residents, and commercial enterprises. Serving those constituencies, HRWC monitors the Huron River, its tributaries, lakes, and groundwater, and directs multiple programs addressing pollution prevention and abatement, wetland and floodplain protection, citizen education, and natural resource and land-use planning.
Since it was formed, the Council has served as a place where local units of government and citizens have discussed problems and sought solutions to critical issues affecting the River. Even though the Council has no enforcement powers, it has accomplished its goals through the use of technical data, factual information and citizen stewardship to influence decisions made by various local and state agencies.
Published quarterly by the Huron River Watershed Council - Huron River Report