Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NEW - Lake Michigan Water Trail

Many of you have probably been hearing about the Lake Michigan Water Trail National Recreation Trail in the media. Newspapers have done a very good job of covering the story accurately. That being said, we thought that you should know what the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association has been working on for the past couple of years to help create this designation.

On June 2nd, 2011, representatives from the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, as part of the larger Lake Michigan Water Trail Association, met in Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan at Northerly Island. There, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, National Park Service Regional Director Michael Reynolds, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced the 41 newly designated National Recreation Trails for 2011 in anticipation of National Trails Day on July 4th.

The Lake Michigan Water Trail was chosen as the best site to announce all 41 trails because it is a project of national significance. The Lake Michigan Water Trail will not only be the longest continuous- loop water trail in the world, but it fits perfectly with several national initiatives that were created out of the "America's Great Outdoors (AGO)" effort.

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