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Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail

Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail

Water trails are routes on navigable waterways such as rivers, lakes, and canals for people using small non-motorized boats such as kayaks, canoes, rafts, or rowboats. The trails are designed and implemented to foster an interactive historical educational experience.  A guide provides a more detailed presentation of the historic material in addition to acting as a more conventional water trail guide with maps, put-in points, take-out points, rest stop locations, water and paddling conditions.

Huron County, located in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in the thumb area, is made up of 27 townships and an area of about 480,000 acres. It's location is good, as it is surrounded on three sides by water, Lake Huron and the Saginaw Bay on each side, then meet at the north; to it's south are Sanilac and Tuscola Counties. The Cass, Pinnebog, Shebahyonk, and Pigeon Rivers all head toward the center of the county and empty into the Saginaw Bay.  Willow Creek, farther on the east-side of the county, empties into Lake Huron and Cass River empties into the Saginaw River.

Drift soil composed of a mixture of clay, sand, and gavel is adapt to the growth of plants and fruit. It's easily tilled, holds moisture well, and allows for proper drainage.  This also made Huron County popular.

The Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trails is a nonprofit citizens organization working with the Huron County Parks to establish and maintain a Water Trail along Michiganís Lake Huronís shoreline.  The Water Trail, which is best utilized via sea kayaks by people who have had proper sea kayaking instruction, consists of camp sites and rest areas spaced out along the shore. The trail is still being developed, so there are several large sections with no public landing sites.

Maps of the area between Wagener County Park (near Harbor Beach) and Sebewaing County Park (Near Sebewaing) are currently available on our website (click the Maps" Link).

The Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trails is a nonprofit corporation.  It is dependent on public support for its existence and growth.  You may use PayPay to donate to the club.  Click below.

Help support Michigan's Heritage Water Trails by subscribing to Whisper in the Woods, Michigan's nature journal.  A portion of your initial subscription will be donated to Michigan Heritage Water Trails if you mention us when you subscribe.  Please look them over by clicking the logo below or call at (866) 943-0153.

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