Why should we Develop
the Michigan Heritage Water Trail Program?
Michigan's waterways provide a significant source of cultural, economic, educational, historical, and ecological heritage. With 3,200 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and over 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan is ripe for the development of focused historical, cultural, agricultural and economic development-focused tourism. The Michigan Heritage Water Trails Program would provide a starting point to protect the long-term value of Michigan waterways, while multiplying opportunities to promote tourism, economic development, and the recreational benefits of its scenic beauty and cultural and historical heritage.