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Michigan Water Trails

LIAA worked with a wide range of agencies and volunteers to make Michigan's extensive water trail system more visible to paddlers
Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails Website
Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails Website

The Michigan Great Lakes Water Trails website originated with a visionary group of volunteers from all over the state, who shared the goal of promoting coastal public access by linking regional water trails to form a statewide water trail system along every mile of Great Lakes shoreline. Some regional trails exist and some are still being mapped, so the site continues to grow. Support for the development of this website was provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Coastal Zone Management Program, with content provided by communities and volunteers all over the state.

The trail and asset data are managed using LIAA's Asset Mapping extension for our Community Center content management system. Features of the system include editing by a large group of contributors, extensive mapping of trail and location information using Google Maps and Google Maps Engine, an itinerary builder that allows end users to plan and share a customized trip, and informational videos for paddlers created by LIAA's UpNorth Media Center.

The Michigan Water Trails website was originally brought online in 2012. LIAA substantially improved the website features and additional data were provided by project partners in 2014.

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