Covering approximately 450 miles of shoreline in Wisconsin, and connecting to the Michigan and Illinois Water Trails, the Lake Michigan Water Trail aims to increase public lakefront landholding while providing information on access points, safety considerations, activities, and points of interest to recreationists. The Wisconsin DNR in collaboration with Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, National Park Service - Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), and Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission aim to identify areas where public access is needed to close gaps in the trail, create an image for the Lake Michigan Water Trail Network that can be recognized by the public, and to provide "educational opportunities that will encourage the understanding of the Lake Michigan ecosystem" (DNR Release). The DNR plans to update their site as progress in made in the trail's construction and encourages interested parties to follow along.
Our recommended reading lists are available on Great Lakes Travel Narratives from the Midwest and Exploring the World's Water.
Photo courtesy of WDNR by Todd Montgomery.