Deepwater Connector

Trail planners are working with Acme Township and partners on this essential connection between Bayside Park, the recently completed Acme Connector, and Acme Road. This section of trail will begin at the southernmost Nakwema trailhead at Bayside Park, follow a scenic stretch of Acme Creek, and provide non-motorized access to the Deepwater Point Natural Area via shared roadway. In addition, the Deepwater Connector will create a connection for a densely populated area to our regional trail network. Schematic design was completed in 2022. We are working to advance engineering to get the project shovel ready in 2023. If project fundraising goals are met, we anticipate trail construction in 2024.

Schematic Design: Complete
Design Engineering: Underway
Anticipated Construction: 2024

Deepwater Connector Partners & Funders

Acme Township
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Oleson Foundation

Nakwema Trailway Founders Circle

4Front Credit Union
Dan & Marsha Edson*
In memory of Gordon & JoAnn Grapes, Mutual Gas*
Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation
Al & Terry Hershey*
Jim & Diana Huckle Family Foundation
Isabel Foundation
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
Michigan Trails Fund
John & Nancy Morris*
Short’s Brewing Company
State of Michigan

*TART Trails Go Farther Fund contributor