Water Trail

Water Trail

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The Lake Superior Water Trail physically and metaphorically establishes healthy links between individuals, communities, and the Lake Superior bioregion.

The goal of the Lake Superior Water Trail is to eventually link two countries, three states, and a province in recognition of the unique character of the Lake Superior Shoreline.

The Lake Superior Water Trail is an on-going, cooperative effort to connect the 3,000 miles of shoreline that border Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) in the world and the cleanest of all the Great Lakes.

This lengthy shoreline borders Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan in the United States, Ontario in Canada, and many First Nations in both countries. The trail, portions of which currently exist in three states, will provide a link between recreational users and the communities in the Lake Superior Basin.

The Lake Superior Water Trail is formed around the philosophy that low-impact recreational use and stewardship of the land and water will help protect local natural and cultural resources. Water trail users are encouraged to respect these resources and the communities that care for them.

Lake Superior Water Trail Grand Opening Press Release

The 2009 Wisconsin Lake Superior Water Trail project is funded in part by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant # NA06NOS4190183.

Bayfield Peninsula / Apostle Islands Section

The Bayfield Peninsula / Apostle Islands section of the Lake Superior Water Trail is approximately 90 miles long, spanning the shoreline of parts of Bayfield and Ashland counties and has some of the most majestic scenery along the Lake Superior coast.

The westernmost point of the trail begins in the community of Port Wing and extends east through the communities of Herbster and Cornucopia. The trail then meanders through the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, around the tip of the Bayfield Peninsula, and heads south towards Red Cliff, Bayfield, and LaPointe / Madeline Island. From there, the trail continues south towards Washburn and Ashland.

Link to other sections of the water trail
Ontario (not yet part of the water trail)
Canada (not yet part of the water trail)
Endorsed by:
Lake Superior Binational Program
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa