Public meeting Thursday on new Nakwema Trailway segment in Fisherman's Island State Park

Contact: Tom Copenhaver, 231-582-7523
Agency: Natural Resources

Dec. 11, 2020

family riding bikes on Nakwema TrailwayThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Top of Michigan Trails Council and TART Trails Inc. are seeking public input on a proposed section of new trail in Fisherman's Island State Park in Charlevoix County. The new section would be part of the regional Nakwema Trailway system.

The public is invited to a virtual presentation that will take place 5:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, via Zoom (passcode: 377618). For those who cannot attend, the presentation will be recorded and provided online. Following the presentation, people can share their input about the project via online survey through Jan. 11.

The 45-mile-long, nonmotorized Nakwema Trailway links Charlevoix and Traverse City through the cooperation of various trail organizations and local and state governments.

The proposed trail segment would connect the Lake-to-Lake Trail at Bells Bay Road to the day-use area in Fisherman's Island State Park in Charlevoix. The new, approximately 6-mile trail segment would help close some of the gaps in the existing Nakwema Trailway system and provide a more contiguous experience for trail users.

To access the Zoom presentation and (following the event) the recorded presentation and survey, visit

For more information, contact Tom Copenhaver, park supervisor, at 231-582-7523 or

/Note to editors: Accompanying photos of Nakwema Trailway are available below for download./