- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
- Week 13 NFL picks: Bears will hand Lions another Turkey Day loss
- Rockford’s holiday tradition Stroll on State set for Saturday, Nov. 29
- Webb’s RVC Studio winter full of love stories
- Tube Talk: ‘American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered’ to be featured on PBS
- Craft Beer Scene Around Rockford: A nice break-in beer for those who want to try bourbon barrel-aged beer
- Tales from the Trough: IceHogs rebound with four straight wins
- Clean water groups, small business owners, community leaders celebrate Clean Water Act
- Police investigate death of 71-year-old man who was struck in October while riding in his wheelchair
Lake Michigan Water Trail added to National Trails System
By Jim Hagerty
An area recreational trail is now officially on a list of national outdoor public access points.
Monday, June 2, U.S.Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) designated the new Lake Michigan Water Trail in a ceremony on Chicago’s Lake Michigan’s waterfront.
The first phase of the trail is complete, beginning in Chicago and stretching 75 miles to New Buffalo, Mich. Running through three states, the trail covers Chicago’s lakefront in Illinois and the entire coast of Indiana. When finished, the Lake Michigan Water Trail will provide access enjoyed by the first Europeans and Native Americans around the entire 1,200 miles of the lake.
Part of the National Trails System, the Lake Michigan Water Trail is one of 41 new national recreation trails that span nearly 650 miles across 17 states.
The National Trail System links communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the country. Each new trail will receive a certificate of designation, congratulatory letter from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and a set of trail markers. These trails join a network of more than 1,100 previously designated trails that provide more than 13,000 miles of recreational opportunities.
The National Recreation Trail program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. More information is available at Americantrails.org.
From the June 8-14, 2011 issue