„Access and Use

Our waterways are used by paddlers, barges and freighters, sports fishermen, ferries, and powerboats. Treating private property with respect, practicing Leave
No Trace principles, and being aware of the laws regulating international waters is essential to the success of our water trails. Simple guidelines can ensure the enjoyment and safety of all users.

„Obeying traffic laws and employing good driving etiquette en route to your paddle maintains paddlers’ good reputation.

„At put-ins and take-outs, behave in a friendly, positive manner toward others and be helpful to those who might need assistance.

„When putting in, yield to those already in the water as they have right-of-way

„If you see someone fishing, moderate your voice, and paddle with as little splashing as possible

If you’re bringing your pet, ensure that they are leashed at all times

„Remember that Barge and Commercial Traffic has right-of-way. These ships have large blind spots and limited maneuvering, if you come across one, move close to the shore and avoid crossing in front of them

„Beyond the publicly owned sites outlined on our maps, much of the shoreline is privately held. Do not risk trespassing by landing on areas not marked on-site or on interactive as available

In some parts of our water trails the public land is used for hunting, wear orange in season to ensure your safety


Financial assistance for this project was provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Please Note:
By using this website you certify that you understand, accept and agree to the "Michigan Great Lakes Water Trails Safety Statement."