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Bay to Bay Trail Plan

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) proposes to develop a hiking and paddling trail that follows the Lake Michigan shoreline in the park from Platte Bay to Good Harbor Bay. We are calling this proposed trail the Bay to Bay Trail. Currently, only smaller looped trail routes exist and no canoe/kayak route has been developed.

The 2009 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Final General Management Plan / Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Statement (GMP) proposed this trail:

"...a 'bay-to-bay' trail for hikers and Lake Michigan paddlers would parallel the Lake Michigan shoreline within the Lakeshore; on land, this trail would make use of active beach areas or existing disturbed areas and corridors;..."

Development of these facilities would fulfill the intent of the GMP and would provide opportunities that do not currently exist in the National Lakeshore. The concept is to develop a trail system for hikers and Lake Michigan paddlers that includes a designated and signed route, lake access points, and backcountry campsites. The routes could be used by through hikers and paddlers as well as day users.

Click "Document List" on the left to find scoping and background information.

The comment period on scoping materials ended October 15, 2014.


Contact Information
Kevin Skerl
Chief of Natural Resources
231-326-4750