Coastal Cities Trail Inventory

Northeast Wisconsin cities contain numerous public off-road trails that provide residents and visitors with valuable recreation opportunities such as biking, running, hiking, etc. However, all of the public off-road trails in and adjacent to a community are not always identified by a single source. Multiple sources are typically needed to find all of the existing trails. For example, there are prominent State trails profiled on the websites and brochures of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. However, in many instances; county, community, university, organization or other public trails are not included with these sources.

In an effort to remedy the difficulty of navigating multiple community and organization trail maps, the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission conducted a thorough field inventory of all public off-road, non-motorized trails for the nine coastal cities along Lake Michigan in northeast Wisconsin, which include the cities of Marinette, Oconto, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Algoma, Kewaunee, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan.

Digital Inventory Files for Download

This inventory includes 60 public, non-motorized, off-road trails covering 211 miles within (and extending outside) the cities of Marinette, Oconto, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Algoma, Kewaunee, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. The inventory is displayed in Google Earth with photos and includes information about each trail in the properties.

Google KML Inventory file in KMZ (for download to Google Earth) 14MB

Report and Maps

The project report provides a connectivity analysis and offers recommendations aimed at establishing an efficient coastal trail network that integrates beach access and the Lake Michigan Water Trail and provides public off-road trail connections that links coastal cities.

Northeast Wisconsin Coastal Trails Inventory & Connectivity (2014) (PDF)

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Maps:

WCMP acknowledgement