BENEFITING: Alliance for the Great Lakes
EVENT DATE: Aug 09, 2015
The Alliance is the oldest Great Lakes organization devoted 100 percent to the lakes. Our professional staff works with scientists, policymakers, businesses, community groups and everyday citizens to protect and restore the world’s largest surface freshwater resource.
From forging forward-looking Great Lakes policies to promoting Great Lakes education to on-the-ground efforts to improve thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we’ve been out front and behind the scenes caring for the lakes since 1970.
Bay County Park in Pinconning to Port Crescent State Park in Austin offers the beautiful waters of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay to paddlers, spanning portions of the Saginaw Bay Blueways Trail and the Tip of the Thumb Heritage Water Trail.
The shoreline is a serene collection of five different state wildlife areas and three state parks dispersed nicely along the route, with Tobico Marsh State Nature Area and Bay City State Park in the first half of the route and topped off with Wildfowl Bay State Wildlife area and beautiful beaches surrounding the two popular state park campgrounds in the second half of the segment. The final section of the route near Port Austin is a popular sea kayaking destination for paddling enthusiasts in the summer. This relay segment traverses the majority of the Saginaw Bay, which has the distinction of being the largest watershed drainage basin in Michigan, draining approximately 15% of the total land area. With that, the paddle route will pass by multiple watershed drains on the route on top of the wildlife areas.