Wisconsin Lake Michigan Water Trail

The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and the National Park Service have completed development of the 500-mile Lake Michigan Water Trail inventory that covers the diverse Lake Michigan shoreline in Wisconsin from the Michigan border at Marinette to the Illinois border south of Kenosha.

Water trails are paths along rivers and coastlines that provide recreational users (such as kayakers, sailors, boaters, and anglers) with information on access points, safety considerations, activities, and points of interest. The Wisconsin Lake Michigan Water Trail network project:

  • Inventoried a 500-mile water trail along the shoreline of Lake Michigan -  the second longest trail in Wisconsin.
  • Identified gaps or zones where further public access is needed to complete the trail (Map 9 below). These zones will be targeted to increase public land holdings along the shoreline.
  • Developed maps and a datasets for the trail.

Upcoming efforts include:

  • Developing a branding strategy that local communities and private affiliates can embrace as a Lake Michigan Water Trail Network.
  • Providing educational opportunities to encourage the understanding of the Lake Michigan ecosystem.

Updates will be available with each major step in the planning process and new information will be posted here.

Digital Inventory Files for Download

MS Excel Inventory file in MS Excel

Google KML Inventory file in KML (for down load to Google Earth)

GPS Inventory file in GPX (for download to GPS receivers - right click and choose "save as")

GIS Inventory file as ZIP (for download to GIS - right click and choose "save as")

Report and Maps

Play Video Clipart News Story on WBAY (Video), June 2012

Play Sound Clipart Interview on Dan Small Outdoors Radio/Podcast (MP3) , September 2012 (Note: Lake Michigan Water Trail interview starts at about 24:00)

WCMP Great Lakes Chronicle Article (PDF)

Lake Michigan Water Trail (Exit to WiDNR webpage)

For more information, please contact:

Angela Kowalzek-Adrians, Natural Resources Planner
Phone: (920) 448-2820
Email: AngelaKA@baylakerpc.org