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The Vision: an epic 30-mile purpose-built sustainable trail traversing the remote, rugged terrain at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Progress is underway but we need your help! 

Background: In 2003, the State of Michigan, working with The Nature Conservancy acquired 6,275 acres of land near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to prevent private development and preserve public use. This acquisition brought the state’s total land ownership on the Keweenaw Point to 8,387 acres. Soon after the acquisition, the Michigan DNR (MDNR) created an advisory committee, the Keweenaw Point Citizen Advisory Committee, to make recommendations for future use of the Keweenaw Point lands. Among one of the primary suggestions finalized in 2005 was to develop a “shoreline trail that begins on the Mandan Road near the intersection of Mandan Road and Montreal River. The trail will generally parallel Montreal River to the mouth, then head east paralleling the shoreline around the tip of the Keweenaw to Schlatter Lake, then northwest towards Horsehoe Harbor and finally reconnecting with Mandan Road.” 

Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) working with Grant Township, MDNR, Keweenaw County, and a number of private land owners and conservancies has taken the lead to complete the proposed Keweenaw Point Trail following the recommendations of the Advisory Committee. The trails have proven to be an economic driver for the region as trail users are filling local restaurants, brewpubs, stores, hotels and the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park Campground. The effort to protect and expand the system is part of a long-range plan to connect communities and add new experiences that utilize the land and enhance access to unique Keweenaw Region assets.

Progress: 

Map of the Keweenaw Point ProjectPhase 1:  Open! Manganese Road to Mandan Road (south of Lake Fanny Hooe)

Phase 2:  The current effort focuses on Phase 2 that will connect from Mandan Road, incorporate 3 miles of existing two-track crossing Nature Conservancy property and then continue with construction of ~6 miles of professionally built singletrack primarily on DNR land connecting to High Rock Bay. Approximately 3.5 miles is complete and open with about 2 miles to go! Completion of Phase 2 slated for summer 2017. 

Phase 3:  Proposed – The BIG final stage will take trail enthusiasts south from High Rock Bay to Keweenaw Point, then head west touching the shoreline at times before reaching the Montreal Falls and looping back north east of the Montreal River.  Estimated cost $375,000-$497,000. 

Current Goal:  Fundraising for Phase 3!  At this time we are asking for tax-deductible donations from those that love the Copper Harbor experience and want it to grow.   

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