The Michigan Great Lakes Water Trails website had its genesis in a visionary group of volunteers from all over the state - people who work with coastal communities and love the Great Lakes. Their ambitious goal is to promote coastal public access by linking regional water trails to form a statewide water trail system along every mile of Great Lakes shoreline. Some regional trails exist and some are still being mapped, but we hope that all of them will benefit from this site. Support for the development of this website has been provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Coastal Zone Management Program, with content provided by communities and volunteers all over the state.
Please enjoy the site, then get out and enjoy the most beautiful freshwater coastline in the world!
The Michigan Great Lakes Water Trails Working Group
The Michigan Great Lakes Water Trails Working Group includes volunteers from Michigan Sea Grant, the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Parks Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. National Park Service, Pure Michigan, Western Michigan University, the East Michigan Council of Governments, the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission, the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission, the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, and paddling enthusiasts.