In spring of 2018, the Leaders in Economic Development (LEAD), along with regional trail stakeholders from Lake, Mason, Newaygo, and Oceana counties, initiated the Planning for Regional Trail Connectivity project to develop a regional recreation trails vision. The development of this plan was one of the priorities of the partnership.
They have developed a vision for a connected network of trails for every season and every mood and builds upon the outstanding ORV, snowmobile, motorcycle, ATV, hike, bike, equestrian, x-country ski, snowshoe and water trails in West Michigan. The trails vision balances large transformational trail projects with near-term cost-effective investments that can make an impact quickly. The many partners, acknowledged below, were involved in the development of this plan are committed to a collaborative implementation effort.