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.