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About the Project

Water trails are quickly gaining popularity across the U.S. as more and more people are spending time paddling. Differing from the simple presence of a river, a planned water trail can be of incredible benefit to a community. Water trails are defined as:

  • Recreational routes on waterways
  • With a network of public access points
  • Supported by broad based community partnerships
  • Provide both conservation and recreation opportunities.

Working with a steering committee of local leaders, the non-profit Land Information Access Association (LIAA) will assist the community around the Chippewa River (Midland and Isabella county project area) to develop and finalize a Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will include a vision for the water trail, along with primary goals and values for the water trail. If you live, work or recreate in the project area, please share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Steering Committee Organizations

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
City of Mt. Pleasant Parks
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy
Central Michigan University - Biology Department
Chippewa Watershed Conservancy
Isabella County Parks
Isabella Conservation District
Central Michigan District Health Department
Little Forks Conservancy
City of Midland Parks and Recreation
Village of Barryton
Mecosta County Parks
Chippewa Nature Center
Union Township Parks
Mount Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau
Buckley's Mountain Side Canoe
Scientific Anglers 
Midland County Parks and Recreation
Little Forks Outfitters


Please contact Zach Vega, Community Planner, LIAA at zvega@liaa.org with any questions or comments.