The Sanilac leg of the Tip of the Thumb Heritage Trail opened up summer 2011. The water trail follows the coastline of Lake Huron from Tuscola County on Saginaw Bay around the tip of Michigan’s Thumb and down the state’s easterly coastline.
In Sanilac County, there will be nine access points to the trail. In order, from south to north, they are: Lexington Harbor, Lexington County Park, Walker Road, Horatio Earle Park (aka Two Mile Park), Port Sanilac Harbor, Downington Road, Mills Park (aka Four Mile Park), Delaware Park, and Forestville. Each access point will be marked with a sign visible from the water. Pick up a brochure or visit the trail website for services available at each access point.
“The trail is great for kayaking or travel by any other nonmotorized vessel,” said Sarah Kolascz-Arrell, a member of the non-profit citizen organization sponsoring the trail.
The Mission of the Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail is to develop, maintain, and promote a water trail that highlights natural, cultural, and historical attributes to drive tourism, economic development, and recreational opportunities in Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties.
The Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail is a nonprofit citizen's organization working with the Huron County Parks to establish and maintain a Water Trail along Michigan’s Lake Huron’s shoreline. It is dependent on public support for its existence and growth. The Water Trail, which is best utilized via sea kayaks by people who have had proper sea kayaking instruction, consists of camp sites and rest areas spaced out along the shore. The trail is still being developed, so there are several large sections with no public landing sites.