Trail systems function best and can offer the widest range and variety of opportunities when they are firmly backed by interested stakeholders. A number of trail organizations have evolved to promote and advocate for trails. Some of these are also involved in grooming and maintaining trail networks. Organizations are listed below by county.
- Baraga County Trails in Motion endeavors to establish and improve biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails throughout the county. The group has been in discussion with L’Anse Area Schools and local governments regarding expansion and interconnection of existing area trails, which include those in the L’Anse Township Park and L’Anse Area Schools Village Park. Furthermore, a trail along Keweenaw Bay connecting the Villages of Baraga and L’Anse has long seemed a natural fit, and local governments have been in discussion with tourism officials to help establish one. For more information about the L’Anse area’s trail projects, view the community’s 2013-2018 Recreation Plan (PDF).
- Hobby Wheel ski and bike shop in Ironwood is the main trail promoter on the western tip of the U.P. The shop is a gathering place for trail users and organizes a variety of group events including mountain bike rides.
- Ni-Miikanaake Chapter of the North Country Trail Association maintains the trail from the Wisconsin border east to near Bergland in Ontonagon County.
- Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club promotes cross-country skiing in the Keweenaw and is in charge of grooming the Churning Rapids and Maasto Hiihto trail systems in the Hancock area.
- Keweenaw Trails Alliance is an organization fostering partnerships between trail groups and related interests, providing a unified voice for partnership interests, planning and implementing regional trail development, and marketing trail activities.
The City of Hancock and the City of Houghton each have an active Bicycling and Pedestrian Committee. The Hancock committee meets monthly, and the Houghton committee meets bi-monthly. The groups work to promote their activities, improve awareness of and friendliness to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and resolve issues and conflicts between traffic types. Houghton has had a Bicycle Plan in place since 2007 which was recently updated for 2013 as the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. Houghton has attained the status of a League of American Bicyclists Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
BIKE! (Bike Initiative Keweenaw) is a social and advocacy group for bicyclists in the area. It has a close relationship with the Hancock and Houghton Bicycling and Pedestrian Committees.
- Copper Harbor Trails Club promotes and facilitates mountain biking, skiing, and other trail activities in the Copper Harbor area in the northern Keweenaw Peninsula, which has an abundance of trails ranging from leisurely to highly technical. The club has attained “Silver Level” designation of the area by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).
- MI-TRALE (Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment) developes, promotes, and advocates for multi-use trails in the Western U.P. with a focus on motorized (ORV/ATV) and equestrian use. The organization has had great success in expanding and interconnecting the long-distance trail network of the Western U.P.
- Peter Wolfe Chapter of North Country Trail Association maintains the trail roughly from Bergland to the eastern Baraga County border.