Invasive Species

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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. You can help the cause by cleaning your equipment and learning to report invasives when you see them. The Michigan Water Trails Manual now has an entire chapter dedicated to fighting invasive species, and check out these videos to learn more!

Be a MI Paddle Steward

MI Paddle Stewards watch for and report invasive species.

Find out more about MI Paddle Stewards here!

Learn How to Clean Your Paddlecraft

A few minutes after each excursion will keep the trails ready to visit.