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Detroit Heritage River Water Trail
Phase I Development Plan

The first phase of the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail begins in the City of Flat Rock on the lower Huron River and traverses down to Lake Erie.  It then runs up the west shoreline of Lake Erie into the mouth of the Detroit River to the City of Trenton.  A spur of the trail extends out to a series of islands, including Celeron, Round, Hickory, and Sugar Islands as well as around Grosse Ile.  This route was selected based on mounting enthusiasm to explore the wide diversity of paddling experiences found along these waterways.  The area’s abundant natural beauty and rich natural resources include the jewel of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Humbug Marsh and Island.

Features of the Phase I Plan
The Phase I Plan maps in greater detail the natural and historic features found along the water trail and the character zones traveled through (e.g., historic, natural, or city/residential).  Also identified are opportunities for birding and fishing as well as viewing marshes, lotus beds, and historic points of interest.  Most importantly, MAC identifies existing and needed water trail amenities, such as launch sites, comfort stations, signage, and opportunities for interpretive development.
Click here to view the full Phase I Development Plan.

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To obtain a hard copy of the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail, please contact MAC mac@mac-web.org or 313.961.2270.

This VISION GUIDE is not a NAUTICAL CHART or NAVIGATIONAL TOOL.  No warranties or representations are made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein.  The publisher disclaims all liability for injuries resulting from reliance on this VISION GUIDE.

It is essential that any canoe/kayak trip based upon this VISION GUIDE be developed by an experienced planner who can identify the risks and hazards of the trip and determine whether the canoeist or kayakers have an appropriate level of skill and experience and the proper equipment for the trip.  Unpredictable conditions, high winds, and fluctuating water levels may occur throughout the trip.  For example, the Detroit River, a major international waterway, poses danger to small watercraft from large ships which navigate its waters, and has a strong downstream current (towards Lake Erie).  Canoeing and kayaking can be dangerous and should be undertaken with care.  Canoeists and kayakers should utilize appropriate navigational charts and follow all safety precautions, including wearing personal floatation devices at all times. 


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