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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We've had some reports of motorcycle (dirt bike) tires on Sugar and Winn Loops. The individual is likely doing these "runs" at night. If anyone sees such activity, please report to us and try to get a description. We've notified MDNR, and will be trying to set up some patrol efforts at night to catch the perpetrator.

Of course, as most, if not all, of you know, the DTE Energy Foundation Trail is nonmotorized - foot and bike use only.

Also, be aware that MDNR is watching. So far, so good, but with the weather warming up, we remind everyone to NOT park illegally or park on the side of Guinan Road off of Waterloo Road to access the trail. Doing so would surely result in a total trail closure. Use moral suasion with your fellow trail users to encourage good parking practices and social distancing.
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