Your tax-deductible donation for the Michigan portion of the Marquette Greenway Trail is greatly appreciated and will be an important part of bringing this exciting project to completion. 

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We are excited to announce a Ground Breaking Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd at 11:30am at the future trailhead at Smith and Mechanic Streets in downtown New Buffalo, MI.  Feel free to join us to celebrate this significant milestone.  This is the first section of the trail to be built in Michigan with over 25 miles of trail completed in Indiana and Illinois of the 60-mile trail that will connect New Buffalo to East Chicago. 

Check out the latest routing for the Marquette Greenway from Chicago to New Buffalo (subject to changes). 

Imagine being able to ride your bike safely from Chicago all the way to New Buffalo or to spend a sunny afternoon hiking from Michigan City to New Buffalo and back. Dozens of volunteers have been working on this project for over a decade to make this dream a reality.

The Marquette Greenway is an ambitious project. The goal is to finish a regional, non-motorized greenway which will span about 60 miles in length along the south shore of Lake Michigan from Calumet Park in Chicago to downtown New Buffalo, Michigan. Residents throughout the region have long been hoping for an uninterrupted trail connecting these three states and providing access to a wide variety of destinations along the lakefront.

See the map below for the status of the Marquette Greenway.  Our team is working to fund and build ~4 miles for the Michigan portion of the trail, from the Indiana State Line to downtown New Buffalo. With Federal, State and foundation grants and municipal and public support, we have over $5 million secured to build the trail.  The Pokagon Fund was the first to provide grant funding for the Michigan portion of the Marquette Greenway.  Their contribution was critical in securing the Federal and State grants. 

Phase 1 of the Michigan portion of the trail is approved by MDOT with the project being let in December 2023. In August 2023, AEP began moving the electric poles along US12 and construction of the Phase I is slated to start in early 2024.  Phase 2 of the Michigan portion of the trail has been awarded a federal RAISE grant through our partner, Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission and is expected to built in 2025-26. 

Major grant awarded for the Marquette Greenway!

Status Map of the Marquette Greenway