This trail spans over 75 miles of the northernmost shores of Lake Huron from the Carp River near Street Ignace through the Les Cheneaux Islands and on to DeTour Village, located at the mouth of the Street Mary's River. The Les Cheneaux Islands area is composed of as 36-island archipelago which was historically used by Native Americans and French explorers to reach the Straits of Mackinac. The Les Cheneaux area, which includes Cedarville and Hessel, has been designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the last great places in the Western Hemisphere because of its pristine environment. The trail is designated for paddle craft; the waters are also used by deep-water craft. Camping sites and small resorts are located along the trail.
Les Cheneaux Islands (The Channel Islands) have beautiful white cobblestone beaches. The tightly clustered islands are sheltered from southeasterly winds. Most islands are lined with privately owned cottages. However, Government Island is all public land and overnight camping is permitted. The island makes a good place from which to launch day trips, or to visit the island itself.