Eastern U.P. Trails Consortium

After many years of partnering with local stakeholders to develop water trails, create non-motorized transportation plans, develop land-use policy, and digitally map routes and trails the Eastern U.P. Regional Planning & Development Commission (EUPRPDC) is working to continue bringing together like-minded individuals and groups to further common goals.

Often trails do not naturally terminate or redirect with municipal boundary lines, thus, as a multi-county agency, the EUPRP&DC has taken a lead coordinating role in developing a draft Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) and formally bringing together stakeholders with similar visions and missions to discuss issues and projects, develop policies and implement strategies.

Trails throughout the region, both over land and water, are poised for development and recognition. A Regional Consortium, set to meet twice a year (Feb./March and August/Sept.), will ensure that effective strategy can execute local goals.

The ability to achieve common and related goals can be enhanced significantly by working collaboratively to support projects that further our mission. Together we can develop and distribute outreach, interpretive, and educational materials, tools and programs that enhance, enrich or promote the Eastern U.P. Regional Trail System.

Participation in the Eastern U.P. Regional Trails Consortium in no way obliges members to any financial commitments.  In this initial stage of coordination, we ask those interested in participating in the Eastern U.P. Regional Trails Consortium to please sign and return the representative contact information form, review the draft MOU document and provide any feedback to us on it.

We have scheduled the 1st meeting for February 28, 2017, where we will approve the final draft MOU and enter the formal agreement, present on regional initiatives, offer opportunity for partners to give an overview of their trails and on-going projects and discuss next steps.  The meeting will be held at the Kinross Township Offices, 4884 W. Curtis Street, Kincheloe, Michigan starting at 2:30 PM.  Join us when you can.  We will offer pizza and refreshments and will be available until 5:30 PM.  (Please RSVP to ellen at eup-planning.org or call (906) 635-1581 by 2/24/2017 for ordering purposes.)

We are excited to take this next step in regional trail development and hope that it will lead to many trail improvements and new developments throughout our region!


Water Trails

In 2014-15 the EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission, partnered with numerous stakeholders, and received a MDEQ Coastal Zone Management grant to inventory access sites along the Lake Superior shoreline from Grand Marais to Sault Ste. Marie and the St. Mary’s River shoreline from Sault Ste. Marie to DeTour Village.

Eastern U.P. Water Trails Website


The project period began October 1, 2014 and was completed December 31, 2015. Tasks included public input meetings, inventory and assessment of access sites, gap analysis, development of water trail planning language for inclusion in local recreation plans, gathering of cultural, historical, environmental, and safety information, and development of a website – www.upwatertrails.org.

This project completed the inventory of the EUP shoreline including Lake Michigan and Lake Huron shorelines.

The final planning documents are now available to download or view:

Lake Superior East Water Trail.

St. Marys River Island Explorer Water Trail.

Water Trail Planning efforts continue with EUPRP&DC taking a lead coordinating role around the region.  Contact staff Ellen Benoit or Rebecca Bolen for more information.