Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Bridge to Bay Trail?
The Bridge to Bay Trail is a diverse trail system of boardwalks, riverwalks, rail trails and bike paths that extends along 50 miles of shoreline across St Clair County, Michigan. It includes 13 local units of government and passes through Port Huron, Marysville, St Clair, Marine City, and Algonac. It connects Algonac State Park to Lakeport State Park and past numerous municipal parks, museums, gazebos, and lighthouses. It is know for its picturesque views, charming towns, parks and beaches, freighter watching and the blue waters of Lake Huron, the St Clair River and Lake St Clair.
Fore history on the development of the Bridge to Bay Trail visit St Clair County’s Website.
Who oversees the Bridge to Bay Trail?
Leadership is provided from the Regional Trails Board (Board) with oversight by Friends of the St. Clair River. Support for activities comes from five local Trail Advisory Committees and ad-hoc Steering Committees.
Friends of the St. Clair River’s stepped into the Trail Coordinator role to serve as project manager providing core function and coordination for on the ground projects, liaison between trail partners, convene meetings of the Regional Trails Board, serve as the media spokesperson and conduct trail events and promotion.
The Board is a coalition of appointed stakeholders and community leaders invested in the direction of the Bridge to Bay Trail initiative. The Board makes decisions on the development of existing and future trails. Power for prioritization of spending and allocating funds is overseen jointly by the Board and Friends.
For More Information visit the Friends of the St Clair River.
What is Trail Etiquette?
BE AWARE, BE KIND, AND USE COMMON SENSE
Trail etiquette means you understand how to respect others who are using the trail. There are general guidelines for how to share trail space with others to help keep everyone safe. To learn about proper trail etiquette visit the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance Website.
Check with the community you are visiting for specific rules on the their section of the trail.
Where can I obtain a map for the trail?
Visit the Maps Page for a virtual map of the trail and downloadable PDF maps. Maps of the shoreline communities can be access through the Trail Towns Page. Maps of recommend trips can be access through the Recommended Trips Page.
What are e-Bikes?
An electric bicycle (or e-bike) is a bicycle that has a small rechargeable electric motor that can give a boost to the pedaling rider and on some models can take over completely. Visit the DNR Website To learn more about e-bikes in Michigan and how they can be used.
Are some sections of the Bridge to Bay Trail in the roadway?
Yes. The Bridge to Bay Trail has a mix of facilities including road trails, sidepaths, bike lanes, paved shoulders, local bike routes, and park pathways. For information on how to safety ride in the road with vehicle traffic checkout What Every Michigan Bicyclists Must Know from the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
Is there an App for the Trail?
The website is mobile friendly, so you can always access information from your phone on the trail. You can also save any Google map on the website and then access from Google Maps on your phone. To add a web map to your Google Maps Account, click on the star next to the title of the map. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.
There are also numerous biking and trail apps that that track your rides and show local bike routes. Below are a few popular apps for trail users.
How can I take part in trail-related activities?
Visit the Get Involved Page to sign up!
Who do I contact to report an issue with the trail?
Visit the Contact Page to submit your issue.