Hiawatha River Trail

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Gitche Gumee, the Ojibwa (Native American) name for Lake Superior, has inspired all who have stood on her shore or paddled her waters. Running 120 miles from Big Bay to Grand Marais Michigan on Lake Superior’s south shore, the Hiawatha Water Trail (HWT) follows a shoreline paddled by Native Americans, Voyageurs and early European explorers. Experience some of the most scenic paddling available in the Midwest at places such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Island National Recreation Area, Hiawatha National Forest and other public lands. Stopping in at the communities of Big Bay, Marquette, Munising and Grand Marais, a paddler finds places filled with history and friendly people.

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At the Hiawatha National Forest-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Information Center in Munising visitors can get information, permits, maps and publications. The center is a good resource for paddling in Pictured rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island National Recreation Area.

For the most current information on the Hiawatha Water Trail visit: www.HiawathaWaterTrail.org.

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Information courtesy of www.HiawathaWaterTrail.org.

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