Fishing Trails in Michigan

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  • Albion River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The pleasant little Albion River Trail runs along the south bank of the Kalamazoo River through the town of Albion. The trail runs between McClure Riverfront Park on the west end and Victory Park on the east end. The paved route links downtown ...
  • Alpena Bi-Path

    State: MI
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder

    Alpena's Bi-Path covers 14 miles of ground in an urban landscape, taking in scenic views of Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River, as well as skirting Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The paved trail follows a level, and in places winding, course. One ...
  • Battle Creek Linear Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 19.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Battle Creek Linear Park Trail covers about 20 miles of interconnected paved path in and around the city of Battle Creek, which is situated at the confluence of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers. A former railroad line is the spine of ...
  • Baw Beese Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 8.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Baw Beese Trail, named in honor of a former chief of the local Potawatomi population, connects the Michigan communities of Hillsdale and Jonesville. The paved trail is a model of efficient land use, as portions of it use a former railroad ...
  • Beaver Pete's Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    Beaver Pete's Trail follows portions of an old railroad corridor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The trail is popular in winter with snowmobilers. For more information, contact the city of Iron Mountain (501 S Stephenson Ave. Iron Mountain, MI ...
  • Betsie Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 22.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Northern Michigan's natural splendor is on display during a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail. Stretching north and west from Thompsonville to Frankfort, the crushed limestone and asphalt trail travels through Pere Marquette State Forest ...
  • Border-to-Border Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 19.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

    The Border-to-Border Trail is a work in progress, which when complete, will stretch across Washtenaw County from its border with Livingston County in the northwest to Wayne County in the east. Much of the off-road trail is open and sees heavy ...
  • Bridge to Bay Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 37.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bridge to Bay Trail extends from the village of Lake Port on Lake Huron south to Algonac on the St. Clair River; however, only about 37.5 miles of the 54 planned miles are completed as of early 2012. The trail is being constructed in segments, ...
  • Bruno's Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 9.25 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Bruno's Run Trail is a 9-mile loop in the Hiawatha National Forest. The trail is open for mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing. Because it's not groomed in winter, only advanced cross-country skiiers should attempt the trail when snow is ...
  • Buck Creek Trail (MI)

    State: MI
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Following the north side of the creek, the Buck Creek Trail provides a pleasant route through Grandville's neighborhoods and, with a newer extension, connects the downtown area with a network of trails along the Grand River and up to Grand Rapids ...
  • Chassell-Houghton Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 8.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    The rail-trail between Chassell and Houghton roughly parallels US 41 on one side and the shore of Portage Lake on the other. This trail is open to snowmobiles in the winter and walkers/hikers and cyclists during the rest of the year. Users ...
  • Coalwood Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 26.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Coalwood Trail runs east–west for 26.4 miles between the Cusino State Wildlife Research Area and the town of Chatham. The trail traverses wooded and open terrain in parts of the Hiawatha National Forest. Just east of where the trail crosses ...
  • Detroit RiverWalk

    State: MI
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Along its 3.5-mile route, the RiverWalk offers breathtaking views of the Detroit River and city skyline. Recreational opportunities abound as the trail links Milliken State Park and numerous plazas and pocket parks. The 31-acre state park offers ...
  • Falling Waters Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 10.41 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Falling Waters Trail is a 10.5-mile asphalt rail-trail that links the town of Concord with the city of Jackson. The trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad, and connects Cascades, Ella Sharp, Lime Lake and ...
  • Flint River Trail (MI)

    State: MI
    Length: 17 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Flint River Trail begins near downtown at the University of Michigan-Flint campus and heads north along both sides of the Flint River to Bluebell Beach on the reservoir. Another segment takes you to Stepping Stones Falls. From there, you ...
  • Fred Meijer Millennium Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

    The Fred Meijer Millennium Trail courses through the 1,500-acre Millennium Park in Walker, a community southwest of Grand Rapids. The trail network has both paved and crushed stone trails, allowing for a variety of experiences through rolling ...
  • Grand Haven Waterfront Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Grand Haven's Waterfront Trail is scenic route from the shore of Lake Michigan inland along the Grand River a short ways. You'll find shops and eateries, as well as plenty of boats, on the Grand River, as well as nice places to sit and enjoy ...
  • Grand River Pathway

    State: MI
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Grand River Pathway provides an important connection between Jenison in Ottawa County and the extensive Kent Trails system in Kent County. With bridges over Rush Creek and Buck Creek and an underpass at 28th Street/Wilson Street, the trail ...
  • Harbor Beach Bike-Pedestrian Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Harbor Beach Bike-Pedestrian Path links the North Park Campground with the bathing beach by the pier at the end of Trescott Street. It also provides access to the marina.
  • Haywire Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 33 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Sand

    The multi-use Haywire Trail is primarily used by ORVs in summer and snowmobiles in winter. The trail is also open to mountain biking, hiking and horse riding. It traverses soggy ground, so be prepared to get wet in places. The trail runs ...
  • Huron Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Huron Valley Trail partially occupies an old rail corridor of the Grand Trunk Railroad. The pathway connects urban areas, neighborhoods and parks, including McHattie and Volunteer in South Lyon, James F. Atchison Memorial Park, Lyon ...
  • Iron Ore Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 47 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Iron Ore Heritage Trail traverses 47 miles across the Marquette Iron Range in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The trail shares and celebrates the area’s rich mining history with interpretive signage, artwork and connections to museums ...
  • Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 60 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national forest.
  • Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 34.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The nine towns that once stood between Kalamazoo and South Haven were connected by train traffic from 1870 to 1970. Some of those towns have faded into the past, but the old railroad corridor linking Kalamazoo and South Haven still hums with ...
  • L'Anse to Big Bay Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 54 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The L'Anse to Big Bay Trail is a popular snowmobile trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The trail runs between the town of L'Anse and Big Bay, along the shore of Lake Superior through Sawyer Lake County Park. The trail traverses woodland, bog ...
  • Lakeside Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 25.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lakeside Trail system offers more than 25 miles of paved paths through the villages of Fruitport, Ferrysburg, and Spring Lake. Its main loop circles Spring Lake (the lake) and encompasses spur trails through the towns of Spring Lake and ...
  • Lansing River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 12.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lansing River Trail courses along scenic riverbanks and through parks for 13 miles. The trail follows the Red Cedar River from Hagadorn Road on the MSU campus border west to its junction with the Grand River, and then follows the Grand River ...
  • Leelanau Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 16.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 16-mile Leelanau Trail presents two distinct adventures along the former Leelanau Scenic Railroad line. Farm fields are followed by lush woods, and smooth cruising finishes off country rambling as the trail stretches south from Suttons Bay ...
  • Linear Trail Park

    State: MI
    Length: 16.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Linear Trail Park trail winds its way through the town of Grand Haven paralleling several of the town's main thoroughfares. It connects on the west side at two points to the Lake Shore Connector Path.
  • Little Falls Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Grass

    The Little Falls Trail is located on the southern end of Bond Falls Flowage in the Watersmeet Ranger District of the Ottawa National Forest. Contact the national forest for more information.
  • Little Traverse Wheelway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 26.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 26-mile Little Traverse Wheelway provides exciting changes of scenery—including many views of sparkling Lake Michigan—as it winds from Charlevoix to the northern outskirts of Petoskey and eventually to Harbor Springs. Most of the route is ...
  • Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

    State: MI
    Length: 8.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Mackinac Island is truly deserving of its status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan. Although small—less than 4 square miles—the island offers an abundance of natural and cultural treasures. With more than 80% of the ...
  • Marquette Multi-Use Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 19 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Marquette's Multi-Use Path includes more than 19 miles of asphalt trails that circle the city, from Presque Ile Park in the north to the town of Harvey in the south. The trail provides access to neighborhoods, shopping and business districts, ...
  • Muskegon Lakeshore Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Muskegon's Lakeshore Trail provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, while also passing among beautiful sand dunes, lively parks and the city of Muskegon itself. Small sections of the trail follow designated on-road bike lanes ...
  • North Central State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 62 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multi-use trail adventure into Michigan's north woods, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both ends. With its new crushed limestone surface and a reasonable mileage between towns, ...
  • North Eastern State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 71 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The North Eastern State Trail (NEST)—formerly known as the Alpena to Cheboygan Rail-Trail—is one of the longest rail-trails in Michigan. Surfaced in smooth, crushed limestone, the trail offers an extended journey for snowmobilers, hikers, cyclists, ...
  • North Western State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 32 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    The North Western State Trail—formerly known as the Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail after its endpoints—consists of 32 miles of mostly dirt and gravel trail, though the 7-mile section between Petoskey and Alanson is now paved with asphalt. The trail ...
  • Paint Creek Trail (MI)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 8.9 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Paint Creek Trail, opened in 1983, is Michigan's oldest rail-trail. It has many charms: wildlife, historical sites, picnic tables and a lovely creek filled with jumping trout. To help keep tabs on your trip and connect with other area trails, ...
  • Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 87.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand

    If a trip on the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail leaves you in love with this route, you are not alone. The Pere Marquette is one of the most heavily used trails in Michigan (the section between Midland and Clare), according to a 2002 Michigan State ...
  • Peshekee to Clowry Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 6.1 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel

    The Peshekee to Clowry Rail-Trail is straight and flat, following an old railroad grade that parallels Ida Road north of the town of Champion. The trail crosses the Escanaba River in several places as it traverses a terrain of mixed forest and ...
  • Portland Riverwalk

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Portland, Michigan, is known as the City of Two Rivers, and the 8-mile Portland Riverwalk could well be called the Trail of Two Rivers. The paved rail-trail serves as a spine for a series of connecting trails, loops and city paths that circle ...
  • Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 10.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Saginaw Valley Rail-Trail is a perfect summer escape, since the foliage-drenched corridor offers respite from the sun. This 10-mile trail edges Saginaw's southern boundary before it heads south to St. Charles. Equestrians follow a parallel path ...
  • Shingle Mill Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin at Pigeon Bridge Campground on Sturgeon Valley ...
  • Southern Links Trailway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 10.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Southern Links Trailway is a 10-mile rail-trail that connects the communities of Columbiaville, Otter Lake and Millington in central Michigan. While the trail is paved with smooth asphalt, an adjacent path is offered for equestrian users. Trail ...
  • St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail is located almost entirely within the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The follows an abandoned rail corridor from the town of St. Ignace north to the community of Trout Lake. The trail ...
  • Tyoga Historical Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass

    The Tyoga Historical Pathway is a remote, 1.4-mile loop trail deep in the woods of northern Michigan. From State Route 28 (M-28), the trail is about 2 miles north on North Point Road (Laughing Whitefish Rd.); follow the signs on M-28 to the ...
  • Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 8.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail follows a former railroad corridor between the towns of Watersmeet, in the north, and Land O'Lakes, in the south. The trail is used by snowmobiles and ATVs, as well as mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers. ...