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Contact: Pam Baker, 906-387-3700
Under this program, interested individuals or groups who enjoy hiking and camping in the park can adopt a section of trail or a backcountry campsite. Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Campsite volunteers will be asked to visit their section of trail or campsite once a month from May through October for light maintenance duties including picking up litter, light brushing, cleaning out water bars, and breaking up illegal fire rings.
Volunteers will also be asked to fill out a brief one-page summary and to report on any larger issues that need to be followed up or completed by park staff. The park will provide a VIP uniform shirt or vest and ball cap, basic tools and gloves, and written guidelines on the work to be performed.
“As with many other public institutions, we need the assistance of volunteers to complement and supplement the work of our paid professional staff,” Park Superintendent Jim Northup explained. “With over 100 miles of trail and 13 designated backcountry campsites, this is just as true in the backcountry as it is in the developed areas of the park. We are so grateful to the citizen-stewards that participated in this program last year, and encourage even more local citizens to become partners with us in taking care of this very special place.”
The park’s trail network has 37 sections that are available for “adoption”. Adoptable sections range from trails that are easily accessible and less than a tenth of a mile to a section of the North Country Trail that is 5.3 miles long. There is something for every ability and level of interest.
“Last year was the first year for this program and it was very successful,” said Pam Baker, the park’s Volunteer Coordinator. “We had a lot of very dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who love to hike and were happy to do some work along the way, and we hope that all of them will be back with us this year."
“They were our eyes in the backcountry and the reports they turned in were very helpful in letting our staff know of any problems that needed attention. Most of all we want people to have fun and enjoy their time spent in the park. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to be a part of conserving America’s first national lakeshore,” concluded Baker.
If you are interested in participating in the program, please call Pam Baker, the park’s Volunteer in Park Coordinator, at 387-3700.