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The Lake Michigan Water Trail Association presents the Lake Michigan National Recreational Water Trail. The Lake Michigan National Recreational Water Trail. Making the Lake accessible to human powered watercraft. What is a National Recreational Trail?.

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The Lake Michigan Water Trail Association

presents the

Lake Michigan

National Recreational Water Trail

the lake michigan national recreational water trail
The Lake MichiganNational Recreational Water Trail

Making the Lake accessible to human powered watercraft

what is a national recreational trail
What is a National Recreational Trail?

The National Trail System Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-543) authorized

creation of a national trail system comprised of National Recreation Trails,

National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails.

The National Recreation Trails Program supports designated NRT\'s

with an array of benefits, including promotion, technical assistance,

networking and access to funding.

New designations of National Recreation Trails are announced each year,

generally by the Secretary of Interior prior to National Trails Day in June.

what are the criteria for nrt designation
What are the criteria forNRT designation?
  • The trail must be open to public use and be designed, constructed, and maintained according to best management practices, in keeping with the use anticipated. Trails that demonstrate state-of-the-art design and management are especially encouraged to apply for NRT designation.
  • The trail is in compliance with applicable land use plans and environmental laws.
  • The trail will be open for public use for at least 10 consecutive years after designation.
  • NRT designation must be supported by the landowner(s), public or private, whose property the trail crosses.
in 2004 usepa s lakewide management plan lamp proposed a lake michigan water trail
In 2004 USEPA’s Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) proposed a Lake Michigan Water Trail…
  • Proposed Lake Michigan Water Trail
  • The creation of Great Lakes automobile and bike trails around Lake Michigan and the creation of several water trails around the lake has led to discussions of linking the emerging water trails into a larger system of water trails by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and LaMP committees.
  • The Lake Michigan Water Trail program would encourage coordination among lakefront communities to…
    • develop a water trail segment that links their communities and
    • provide a safe, educational, and legal access experience to Lake Michigan.
    • Water trail creation brings together a broad coalition of interested groups including public land managing entities, self-powered boating interests, environmental and historical groups, private property owners, tourism offices, and physical activity advocates.
    • The Rivers and Trails Program of the NPS will provide technical assistance to communities who wish to participate in water trail development.
why create a lake michigan national recreational water trail
Why create a Lake MichiganNational Recreational Water Trail?
  • Enhanced Quality of Life – solitude, open space, increased property values
  • Recreation – low cost, environmentally friendly
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Economic Benefits – food, lodging, new businesses
  • Stewardship – adopt a site, adopt a reach
  • Environmental Education
lake michigan national water trail existing assets
Lake Michigan National Water Trail Existing Assets
  • Only Great Lake entirely within the U.S.
  • Existing watertrails in all four states
  • Existing access sites in all four states
  • Sea kayaking clubs in all four states
  • Existing lakeside tourism infrastructure –
    • Great Circle Tour
    • Chicago, Milwaukee
    • National Lakeshores
    • Door County
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The Lake MichiganNational Recreational Water TrailCurrent Conditions

  • Chicago & Indiana watertrails are complete
  • Portions of watertrails in Wisconsin & Michigan
  • Lake Michigan Water Trail Association established
  • Campaign now for membership and NRT designation
lake michigan national water trail challenges
Lake Michigan National Water TrailChallenges
  • Major gaps in 3 states
  • Limited funding for new access
  • Limited or no lodging and/or camping for long stretches
lake michigan national water trail recent upcoming events
Lake Michigan National Water TrailRecent & Upcoming Events
  • April 2010 Indiana paddlers visit Washington D.C. and meet with congressional members who express support for a Lake Michigan National Recreational Water Trail
  • June 5, 2010 – Tour of the Indiana Dunes – National Trails Day event
  • Lake Michigan Water Trail Expedition - Aug 21 – 22, 2010 Michigan City, IN. to St. Joseph Michigan
lake michigan national water trail southern wisconsin section
Lake Michigan National Water TrailSouthern Wisconsin section
  • Approximately 350 miles of shoreline trail
  • Approximately 120 access sites
  • Largest gap = 17 miles
  • 1st water trail access only campsite
  • created in 2009
lake michigan national water trail michigan section
Lake Michigan National Water TrailMichigan section
  • 1,000 miles of shoreline
  • 300+ access sites
  • 30 campgrounds on Lower Peninsula shore
  • 20 campgrounds on Upper Peninsula shore
  • Longest gap = 21 miles
what is a heritage water trail
What is a Heritage Water Trail?

“Heritage water trails are routes on navigable waterways such as rivers, lakes, and canals designed and implemented to foster an interactive historical education experience.”

the lake michigan water trail association1
The Lake MichiganWater Trail Association

Purpose –

The Lake Michigan Water Trail Association will work to create a continuous

water trail for non-motorized watercraft around Lake Michigan and obtain

the National Recreation Trail designation.

The Association will work to promote the development of paddler friendly

facilities around the lake by bringing together stake holders from the

four states bordering the lake, including site owners, paddling clubs,

state and city governments, federal agencies, local businesses,

and private land holders.

Launch sites, services, and businesses that actively support paddlerson Lake Michigan will be promoted to make Lake Michigan a

premier paddling destination.

the lake michigan water trail association2
The Lake MichiganWater Trail Association

Target Membership…

  • Paddlers
  • Paddling Clubs
  • Federal Agencies…NPS & USEPA
  • Planning Agencies
  • Illinois, Indiana, Michigan & Wisconsin DNR’s
  • Large Site Owners…Nat’l Lakeshores, Chgo. Park Dist., etc.
  • Businesses....marinas, restaurants, bed & breakfasts
the lake michigan water trail association activities
The Lake MichiganWater Trail AssociationActivities
  • Promotion & Development
    • Planning & coordination
    • Website
    • Maps & Guides
  • Events –
    • State Water Trail Days
    • The Lake Michigan Water Trail Expedition
  • Stewardship – adopt a site, adopt a reach
what can you do
What can you do?
  • Join the Lake Michigan Water Trail Association
  • Participate in your state’s LMWT committee
  • Promote LMWTA membership in your paddling club
  • Participate in Lake Michigan Water Trail events
  • Attend the Lake Michigan Water Trail Planning Conference
lake michigan national water trail
Lake Michigan National Water Trail

Thank You

Lake Michigan Water Trail Association

www.lmwt.org

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