The Michigan Heritage Water Trail Program and Partners

Michigan Public Act 454 of 2002 (SB 415) requested the Great Lakes Center For Maritime Studies at Western Michigan University, in conjunction with the Department of History, Arts and Libraries and the Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council to develop a statewide recognition program called the "Michigan Heritage Water Trail Program." This partnership was charged with the development of a blueprint for local and regional watertrails development through a series of pilot studies for the research, planning, implementation, monitoring, and marketing of heritage watertrails. With proper funding, the Center would create and maintain a website for water trail location and history, develop a workbook for local groups to develop their own heritage watertrails, and act as a resource for local heritage water trail planning efforts. This program would be designed to do the following: