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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There has been a recurring problem with raccoons spotted at/on the DTE Trail this summer showing symptoms of distemper (not rabies). We've had numerous reports over the past few months, and just got another. If you see a raccoon acting lethargic, injured or otherwise "spaced out" in/by the trail, simply steer wide and clear of the animal and go around it. They likely are in the final stages of distemper and only have a short time left to live. There is really nothing that can be done at this point other than to let nature take its course.

Distemper (otherwise known as Canine Distemper) is not passable to humans. However, dog owners should know that it IS passable from raccoons to dogs and visa versa through contact with scat (feces) or direct animal contact. For this reason, we caution anyone bring a dog to DTE to be aware of this.
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Also lost today... either on Big Kame or Winn - a single black Pontiac key with a black plastic head. PM us if found. ... See MoreSee Less

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