Photos: Wisconsin sections of Rock River Trail declared open

August 15, 2012

Photo provided by Greg Farnham

The course of the Rock River as it flows through the Wisconsin cities of Horicon, Hustisford, Mayville, Theresa, Watertown and Janesville now has signs denoting those sections of the river as part of the Rock River Trail. Representatives from the National Park Service and the Wisconsin and Illinois Departments of Natural Resources have given their permission to erect the sign denoting the trail. As sections of the trail are marked, maps are being made and the trail plan is being written, along with other requirements to submit an application for the formal designation as a national trail. The signs seen here are for the water trail section. Legislation has been written (and is now undergoing amendment) and passed by Illinois Legislature for the Scenic and Historic highway trail portion of the Rock River Trail Initiative. Wisconsin legislators are drafting a similar bill. Two weeks ago, we featured photos of signs being delivered to Byron, Oregon and the Quad Cities in Illinois. This week, we proudly present the signs being delivered in

Photo provided by Greg Farnham

Wisconsin. Top photo: In the Village of Theresa, Village President George Marsh, Village Clerk/Treasurer Pam Koll and Rock River Trail Coordinator Greg Farnham open the East Branch of the Rock River. Second Photo: Mayville Parks Director Mike Kurutz, Mayville Alderperson Kathy Sertich, Mayville Mayor Jerry Moede and Farnham open the Mayville section of the trail. Third photo: In Hustisford, Hustisford Village President Dennis Uecker, Lake Sinissippi Improvement District Chairman Jim Gronowski, Lake Sinissippi Association Directors Bob Grueneberg and Josh Prescher open their section of the Rock River Trail. Bottom photo: Friends of Riverside Park Director Pam Van Brocklin, Rock County Parks Outreach Coordinator and Rock River Trail Initiative Council member Joleen Stinson, Friends of Riverside Park President Sandy Hendricks, Janesville City Administration Assistant Rebecca Smith and Janesville Parks Director Tom Presny open the

Photo provided by Greg Farnham

Janesville section of the Rock River Trail.

Aug. 6 another section of the trail was opened near Waupun by (all not pictured) Farnham, Waupun Public Works Director and Rock River Trail Initiative Council Member Dick Flynn, Wisconsin State Representative Richard Spanbauer, Waupun Mayor Jodi Steger and Wisconsin State Senator Jessica King. The opening was held at Harris Mill Park near the Waupun Dam on the South Branch of the Rock River (and on the Northern Water Trail section).

Wednesday, Aug. 8, Rock River Trail Founder and Coordinator Frank Schier presented to Beloit’s Director of Parks & Leisure Services Brian Ramsey and Beloit’s Park, Recreation & Conservation Advisory Commission Chairperson Roger Christiansen riverside signs for a portage around the Beloit dam. The signs are gifts of the City of Rockford, which has made almost $5,000 in signs for the Rock River Trail. Special thanks to Mayor Morrissey and City of Rockford Director of Public Works Tim Hanson. The commission voted to accept the signs and write a letter of support. Thursday, Aug. 9, Schier made a presentation to the Village of Roscoe Public Works and Parks Committee asking for a letter of support. That proposal will move forward to the village board, and Village President David Krienke said the village will also erect Rock River Trail signs at Roscoe’s Riverside park for a canoe launch, boat launch and campsite area. (Photo by Therese Oldenburg)

Photo provided by Greg Farnham

From the Aug. 15-21, 2012, issue

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