How the trail is being built.

The Potowatomi Mountain Biking Association (PotoMBA –, an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Chapter, is spearheading the trail development with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). In February 2015, PotoMBA and MDNR signed an Operating Agreement to construct the Midwest’s most epic mountain bike trail system. In early 2016, the DTE Energy Foundation provided over a quarter-million dollars to fund trail construction, and the trail was rebranded from the “Waterloo Trail” to the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. The first 5.2 mile loop of the trail at Green Lake was completed in June 2016. The second loop, on “the Big Kame” was completed in May 2017. The third loop, “Winn” was completed in August 2018. The fourth loop, “Sugar” was completed in August 2019. Additional loops will be opening each year until 2020. Total trail mileage will proximate 20+ miles.

How you can help.

Development of the Waterloo mountain bike trail system is a massive undertaking requiring significant monetary and human resources. The community and mountain biking public will be asked to support this project in any way possible. Fund raising and sponsorship development continues, to build and maintain the trail system.

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Posted by our friends at the NTN Trails in Marquette. Lots of "basics" here applicable to DTE Trail.OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS TRAIL USERS....
We are all guests on this land and with that comes great responsibilities. Did you enjoy your ride on Greywalls? Did your dog and you enjoy your run on Silver Lead? Can everyone you encountered say the same?

Did you know that the access to many of the non-motorized trails that cross these lands are thanks to the generosity of the landowners (public and private) and the work of NTN? Yes, some of the NTN trails, your trails, our trails are on public lands but many sections rely on our, and your, relationship with various landowners. Even though access is free, access is not free. Trails rely on good relationships and agreements with landowners, the securing of a large insurance liability policy, ongoing trail maintenance, needed equipment and staff, and the support of users that contribute funding to the work of NTN through memberships, donations, and sponsorships. There is no magic pot of annual government funding helping maintain the trails. When we say be nice, say hi...we mean it because when we hear that a land owner out walking on their land has been yelled at by a mountain biker who tells them to get out of the way on their own land....we all lose. When you run your dog off leash and it causes a runner to trip and fall...we all lose. When you chose to do something that negatively impacts another's trail experience, you alone may cause the loss of trail access for all. At the end of the day, each of us are responsible for ensuring every trail user we or our dogs encounter has a great trail experience. NTN works hard on your behalf to make sure the trails are here for the community, please don't make our job even harder.

The basics:

These are shared-use non-motorized trails (unless signed otherwise). Be nice, say hi.

Follow standard courtesy and slow down when you encounter others. Those on bike should yield to those on foot and those descending yield to those ascending.

Yes, your dogs must be leashed, it is state law. Please heel them when you encounter others.

Keep singletrack single. Ride or run over the roots and rocks, and through the puddles, not around them.

Be an advocate by educating others.

While we are having continuing discussions around e-bike access, the trails are non-motorized as per the agreements with the landowners. Respect designated uses on all trails.

Support your trail access by being a member, volunteering at trail days, and/or contributing in a meaningful way.

When you visit any trail system, find out how to donate in order to support the local efforts.

Thank you for being a supporting member of the trails community. Now go enjoy the trails and make sure others around you do too!
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For those of you who were unable to do the Triple Trail Challenge and wonder what it was like, below is a link to a super cool 360 degree video of select parts of the whole ride! You can use your mouse to pan around and change views 360 degrees. Video credit to MDNR's excellent videographer, Bradley Parsons!

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