Lakelands Trail is approximately 20 miles long with an asphalt or gravel surface. More
CONSTRUCTION ON LAKELANDS TRAIL COMPLETED IN HAMBURG TOWNSHIP
The Lakelands Trail is one of four linear state parks in the Michigan State Park System which has been
improved through cooperative efforts of local municipalities and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
(MDNR). The 6.5-mile Hamburg Township section of the Trail is a Rail to Trail route that was redeveloped into
a 16-foot wide, non-motorized pathway, with a 10-foot wide section paved for walking, bicycling, rollerblading,
running, and cross-country skiing, and a 6-foot wide turf lane for equestrians. The improved trail now spans
the entire width of Hamburg Township and provides direct intermodal linkages with numerous public and
private developments throughout the community including the Hamburg Community Library and Manly
Bennett Park. The Lakelands Trail is part of the Great Lakes to Lakes Trail system from South Haven to Port
Huron, and plans to connect it to the Iron Belle Trail are being discussed.
The construction, which began on September 21, 2015, included improvements to the trail between Hamburg
and Hall roads, as well as a fully paved parking area and information kiosk. The project was funded by a grant
awarded to the Township by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Hamburg Township General
Fund monies were used to purchase the property and pay the match for the grant. The project is adjacent to
Winkelhaus Park in the Village of Hamburg, which is maintained by the Township through a lease agreement.
Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate the trails completion. Light refreshments will be served.