A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, by Loreen Niewenhuis

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk:
One Woman’s Trek
Along the Shorelines
of All Five Great Lakes

by Loreen Niewenhuis

Crickhollow Books • June 2013
Trade Softcover, 208 pages, 6” x 9”
Travel Narrative / Women’s Adventure / Walking
$16.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-21-7

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Loreen Niewenhuis, Author


Women’s Adventure • Walking
Great Lakes Ecology • Environmental Issues
Travel & Tourism:
Great Lakes Places, Towns, Parks, Lighthouses, and B&Bs


A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach:
One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan
Crickhollow Books, 2011

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure:
One Woman’s Epic Journey
Exploring the Diverse Islands
of the Five Great Lakes

Crickhollow Books, 2015

“What emerges is an unmistakable reverence for the beauty and tremendous legacy of this ancient water trail . . . . For a wonderful, mind- and soul-enlarging experience, read A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. It may inspire you to choose your own adventure . . . .
Midwest Book Review

“With sensitivity and humor, Loreen’s writings give a gentle message to the reader to care for the great natural resource we have here.”
– Black River Books, South Haven, Michigan


This book chronicles Loreen Niewenhuis’s latest adventure: a 1,000-mile walk along the shorelines of all five Great Lakes.

The book takes the reader on a ground-level walk through the beauty, the history, and the tender ecology of Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Superior, and Ontario.

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk also leads us on an exploration of self, as the author sets out on foot to explore a region.

Like her earlier book of a long trek around Lake Michigan, this new grand hike on the shores of five magnificent bodies of freshwater explores the natural and human history of the Great Lakes . . . and raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.


Loreen Niewenhuis writes short stories and essays, with her work published in literary journals, including the Antioch Review and Bellevue Literary Review. Her short-story collection, Scar Tissue, was a finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first book, A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach, spent time on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List.

She lives in Battle Creek, Michigan.