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New Lake Michigan Water Trail Christened

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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On June 13th and 14th, the NorthWest Indiana Paddlers Association completed the Burnham to Marquette Water Trail Expedition across the open waters of Lake Michigan.

The event inaugurated the new Southern Lake Michigan Water Trail, which spans more than 40 miles from Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana. The waters and shoreline of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore comprise 15 miles of the new trail.  The water trail features identified beaching sites, shoreline campgrounds, and easily accessible food and other services along the shore.

Programs at the Illinois landing sites focused on the Daniel Burnham Plan for Chicago, celebrating its 100th year. It was this plan that resulted in Chicago’s extensive public waterfront parklands.  In Indiana, programs at landing sites focused on the Marquette Plan, a regional effort to connect the various parks and public lands in Northwest Indiana via series of greenways and waterways. The National Park Service is a major partner in this effort. .

“This is a great place as paddle destination and a rest stop for the expedition,” said Dan Plath, president of the NorthWest Indiana Paddlers Association. “We are looking forward to continuing to work with the National Park Service to get paddlers to explore the area waterways safely.”

Expedition Partners, in addition to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, included the Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association, the Illinois Paddling Council, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Sanitary District of Michigan City, Dunes Learning Center, City of Gary, City of Whiting, Portage Parks & Rec., City of East Chicago, Indiana DNR Coastal Program, Lake County Parks Department, Indiana University Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Michigan City Power Squadron, the IU Center for Regional Excellence, the Northern Indiana Consortium for the Environment (NICE), and the Citizens of Miller Beach.

Fore more information, contact Lynda Lancaster at the park.


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