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8 Michigan waterways 1st to earn ‘water trail’ designation

December 21, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight waterways totaling more than 540 miles (869 kilometers) are Michigan’s first state-designated water trails .

The Department of Natural Resources and Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes made the selections.

Among them are the Chain of Lakes Water Trail in Antrim and Kalkaska counties; the Huron River Water Trail in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties; and the Middle Grand River Water Trail in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Ionia counties.

A water trail is a designated route on a navigable waterway such as a lake, river, canal or bay that is managed to support outdoor recreation.

Water trails feature well-developed access points. Many are near significant historical or environmental sites as well as restaurants, hotels and campgrounds.

Ribbon cuttings for the newly designated trails will take place during next year’s paddling season.

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