The Michigan Water Trails Manual is a resource for people who want to create a water trail in their community. The Manual provides tools to help you plan, develop amenities around, fund, and promote a water trail in your community. And now, as of October 2021, the Manual also includes an entire chapter on mitigating the spread of invasive species.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose serious threats to Michigan’s freshwater resources, disrupting ecosystems, local economies and recreational opportunities. These harmful invasives can “hitchhike” on paddling gear from one water body to another. The Manual now includes instructions on how to encourage paddlers to clean gear to slow the spread of invasives and get trail users to spot and report invasives.