Take the Flint River Water Trail User Survey. Click HERE!
Click HERE to be directed to our interactive water trail map. A great tool for planning a trip on the river!
Out and About on the Flint River Water Trail!
The Flint River Water Trail (FRWT) Project will bring together Project Partners and stakeholders to create a common vision that will increase recreation, education, and conservation based opportunities for water trail users. Our goal for the next year is to create a FRWT Management Guide and Vision, and apply for National Water Trail Designation through the National Water Trails System. Throughout this process, we will increase communication and enhance partnerships among water trail access site land managers, securing long term sustainability for the trail.
Flint River Water Trail Vision and Goals
The Flint River Water Trail provides a variety of recreational experiences by connecting river users to natural, cultural, and historic features along a safe and accessible river trail. The water trail will promote recreation, education, and economic revitalization, and increase stewardship of the Flint River and surrounding lands.
Goals for the Flint River Water Trail:
- Promote and improve river access sites and user experiences
- Inform and educate the public on topics related to river health and safety
- Support local and regional efforts to increase water based recreation and tourism
- Enhance partnerships among water trail landowners
- Preserve and protect river resources for future generations
- Increase connections between communities, public lands, and land trails
- Secure long-term sustainability
- Showcase positive features of the Flint River
There are over 20 river access sites along the water trail that provide paddlers a variety of in river experiences. You can literally paddle from Lapeer to Montrose (includes portages)! We offer a number of opportunities of varying distance and time to get out on YOUR river. Join us for tour!
To view a copy of a printable Flint River, Canoe & Kayak Access Map, click HERE!
What is a water trail?
According to the National Water Trails System, “water trails are recreational routes on waterways with a network of public access points supported by broad-based community partnerships. Water trails provide both conservation and recreational opportunities”.
The Michigan Water Trail Working Group via MichiganWaterTrails.org classifies a water trail as, “a designated route along a lake, river, canal or bay specifically designed for people using small boats like kayaks, canoes, single sailboats or rowboats. The trails, sometimes called “blueways,” are the aquatic equivalent of a hiking trail (or “greenway”). Water trails feature well-developed access and launch points; are near significant historical, environmental or cultural points of interest; and often include nearby amenities such as restaurants, hotels and campgrounds”.
Some may ask, “Why National Designation?” and we say, “WHY NOT!”
Benefits of designation into the National Water Trails System include:
- designation by the Secretary of the Interior, including a letter and certificate announcing the designation as a national water trail
- national promotion and visibility, including use by the management entity of use the National Water Trails System logo in appropriate settings and trail publications
- mutual support and knowledge sharing as part of a national network
- opportunities to obtain technical assistance and funding for planning and implementing water trail projects
Other benefits that come along with national designation may include:
- positive economic impact from increased tourism
- assistance with stewardship and sustainability projects
- increased protection for outdoor recreation and water resources
- contribution to public health and quality of life from maintaining and restoring watershed resources
- access to networking and training opportunities
- assistance with recognition and special events highlighting the trail
For more information on National Water Trails please visit the National Water Trails System website. The National Water Trails System is an interagency collaborative effort administered by the National Park Service through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and the National Trails System.
Materials on planning for a water trail and other helpful resources can be found on the FRWC, Water Trail Resources page.
For information on the Flint River Water Trail Project, please contact:
Sondra Severn, Project Coordinator
Flint River Watershed Coalition
400 N. Saginaw Street, Suite 233
Flint, MI 48502
810-767-6490 – office
810-618-5969 – mobile