Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Economic Benefits

The Michigan Heritage Water Trail Program has tremendous potential for forging a new destination niche and for attracting new tourism dollars to Michigan from both citizens and visitors from abroad. In addition:

  1. Outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities along heritage water trails would contribute to stronger, more diversified economies

  2. Heritage rivers run through many communities that are in urgent need of economic redevelopment

  3. Traditional central business districts are often adjacent to the rivers, making them attractive spaces for river oriented business development

  4. Opportunities for new private sector development would materialize including community-focused initiatives

  5. Property values and local tax bases along Michigan Heritage Water Trail communities would increase