March 1, 2021
An online survey was conducted in the winter of 2021 to help inform trail planning and design for the Nakwema Trailway south of Charlevoix. The questionnaire was available following a virtual presentation by the Nakwema Trailway Project Team, the design consultants, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on the results of a year-long preliminary routing analysis for the proposed trail between Bells Bay Road in Charlevoix Township and Fisherman’s Island State Park’s day use area.
One hundred ninety-six (196) surveys were submitted between December 17, 2020 and January 11, 2021. Respondents included residents from 21 counties across Michigan and seven US states. An analysis of survey results show 96% of survey participants plan to use the trail for recreation, transportation, and/or exercise. When asked what they were most excited about, responses indicate significant interest in connecting to the park, nature, and more trails. To view more highlights from the survey, please click the link below.
Public Input Summary (PDF)
The project team continues to work with community partners on designing a trail that reflects and incorporates the values and needs of the people and communities that this trail seeks to connect.