Michigan Water Trails

Michigan Water Trails  Over 3,000 miles of trails on the Great Lakes, Inland Lakes, and Rivers await your canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard! Choose a region and plan your adventure.

Southeast Michigan Water Trails

Blueways of St. Clair County

Clinton River Water Trail Map

Detroit Heritage River Water Trail

Lower Rouge River Water Trail

River Raisin Water Trail

Shiawassee River Water Trail

National Water Trails

National Water Trail System is an inter-agency collaborative effort administrated by the National Park Service. The Huron River Water Trail has been designated the 18th National Water Trail!

Land Trails Adjacent to the Huron River Water Trail

Huron Valley Trail System (in Oakland County)

Border-to-Border Trail (in Washtenaw County)

Downriver Linked Greenways (in Wayne County)

Lakelands Trail (in Livingston County)

Iron Belle Trail (across Michigan) 


Black to the Land A coalition of Black, Indigenous and People of Color nature enthusiasts, intent on helping fellow BIPOC actively engage in meaningful outdoor adventures.

Great Lakes Paddlers A nonprofit paddling club based in Southeast Michigan that hosts both organized paddle trips and informal paddle outings.

Sierra Club Crossroads Group Serves greater Livingston County by hosting programs and outings including paddle trips. Other nearby Sierra Club Groups: Southeast Michigan, Huron Valley.

Solar Outdoors A Michigan based social club dedicated to the enjoyment of nature and outdoor recreation that hosts workshops and activities.

More groups on Facebook

These groups include members who share tips and information. Some organize trips or paddle meetups. Most welcome new members who follow their group guidelines.

Kayaking Community (Michigan) (private)

Kayaking Fun in Southeast Michigan (private)

Michigan Kayaking/Canoeing (private)

Outdoor Afro – Detroit (private)

Paddling Michigan Lakes and Rivers (private)

Paddling with Babies and Kids (private)

Rouge Paddling (public)

Women Paddlers of Southeast Michigan (private)