Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail

For as long as humans have lived in the Great Lakes basin, fishing has been an important ecological, economic, and recreational activity. Tour Michigan to experience how people have interacted with amazing Great Lakes fisheries throughout time.

Great Lakes fishery heritage tells more than the story of Great Lakes fish and the people who catch them. This rich vein of history connects us to aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, water quality, and environmental change. And fisheries serve as a gauge of resource sustainability and quality of life for communities around the state.

Visit Great Lakes fisheries heritage sites to explore and experience hands-on the dynamic social, technological, and environmental changes shaping the fishery as we know it today. Michigan Sea Grant is a leadership partner for the regional Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail network. Visit the interactive website to explore and learn more about the trail network and partnerships.

Discover how our valuable Great Lakes fisheries (past, present, and future) can benefit local museum programs, enhance coastal tourism development opportunities, and support community development efforts. Learn more about Michigan’s Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium projects and partnerships, including a newly launched regional fisheries heritage trail website.

This educational program is open to everyone interested in promoting maritime heritage tourism and Great Lakes stewardship.

Registration is $50 ($30 students) to participate.

  • Wednesday, October 16: Networking mixer, picnic, and local tours (noon) at Wenonah Park (downtown, on the river); followed by Consortium business meeting (open to all), and dinner on your own.
  • Thursday, October 17: Educational Great Lakes Heritage Trails Conference at Bay City State Park (9 a.m.).
  • Agenda (PDF)

Contact: Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant, schroe45@msu.edu or (989) 354-9885

Register Online Today!

Please register by October 11.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium, Michigan Sea Grant, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, Bay County Environmental Affairs and Community Development.