Please e-mail Frank Schier at frankschier@hotmail.com or Greg Farnham at waterdown@wildblue.net if you have any corrections or additions. Enjoy the Rock!


 

Rock River Trail gains National Water Trails status! April 4, 2013


 

The Rock River Water Trail has been designated into the National Water Trails System by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, according to an announcement by the National Park Service in Washington, DC.


Public Hearing Before The Assembly Committee on Transportation to Designate The Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route in Wisconsin. State Capitol in Madison March 12, 2013

Beloit Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Greg Farnham (L) and David Schreiber (R) of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council with Wisconsin State Representative Debra Kolste

Meeting with WisDOT and IDOT representatives in Beloit, Wisconsin, on February 14, 2013 to review Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route

Back row from left: William McNary, WisDOT State Traffic Engineer; Kyle Armstrong IDOT Engineering & Standards Unit Chief; and Matt Rauch, WisDOT State Signing Engineer. Front row from left: Kyle Lorenz, IDOT Traffic Operations Engineer-Region 2; Stan Milam, district director of Wisconsin State Senator Tim Cullen; and Frank Schier of Rock River Trail Initiative


Rock River Trail Video by Tom Lindblade - December 6, 2012

Tom Lindblade is an experienced paddler and also an amateur videographer.  He has just completed a short video of the Rock River Water Trail.  If you'd like to take a look, please click on the link below or visit the photo gallery.  Tom has done a great job to capture the essence of the water trail in eight minutes and I believe you'll enjoy the video. 

 
 

Dixon section of Rock River trail dedicated October 12, 2012

The Rock River Trail Initiave was featured in an article at saukvalley.com

Debbie Thompson, Lee County member of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council, makes a few remarks Friday afternoon prior to the ribbon cutting of the Dixon section of the Rock River Water Trail. A recreational water trail has been established along 320 miles of the river stretching from Wisconsin to Illinois. (Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)

 


Illinois House Joint Resolution No. 27

Illinois House Joint Resolution No. 27 was passed May 31, 2011, and will have final amendments this November by sponsor Rep. Patrick J. Vershoore (D-Milan, 72nd Dist.). The amended bill is available here or by clicking the image below.

Rock River Trail State House Resolution


Council Members' names added to rockrivertrail.com

A list of the Rock River Trail Initiative council members has been added to the website under the "Contact" menu and is also available here.


Rock River Water Trail Inventory, Analysis and Plan

The Rock River Water Trail Plan has been added to rockrivertrail.com and is available for download here.


Rock River Trail opening Beloit and Rock Falls sections

The opening of the Beloit Section of the Rock River Water Trail will occur Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Wisconsin; and Thursday, Sept. 13, the Rock Falls section of the trail will be opened in Illinois.


Fifth Annual Mississippi River Conference set for Sept. 26-28

MOLINE, Ill. — River Action, a nonprofit organization that strives to foster the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region, with the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, sponsors the Fifth Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference and Youth Summit Sept. 26-28. Location is the Stoney Creek Inn and Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus in Moline, Ill.


Rock River Sweep from Janesville to Black Hawk Island Sept. 8

Rock County Parks, Rockton volunteers, Rock River Enterprises and Homeowners Association, WTVO-17/WQRF-FOX 39, and The Rock River Times are coordinating sections of a greater Rock River clean-up Saturday, Sept. 8.


Paddle and Trail celebrates second anniversary with community events

Paddle and Trail is celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a free open house at the Regional Activity Center in Loves Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. The public will have the opportunity to try out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and fish for free.


Photos: Wisconsin sections of Rock River Trail declared open

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.


17th Annual ‘Honor the Mounds’ to feature RRTI

Native Americans are preparing once again for the 17th Annual “Honor the Mounds” gathering, to be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Beattie Park, downtown Rockford. As always, the community is invited to this free, family-friendly day-long event.


Photos: Rock River Trail signs distributed


July 27, Rock River Trail Founder and Coordinator Frank Schier and Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) Council member for Lee County, Debbie Thompson, dist


Rock River Trail Initiative distributes free oak trees April 25-27

April 25, 2012

Media Contact: Frank Schier, Rock River Trail Initiative founder and chairman, (815) 670-6440

Editors: See attached press releases for more about tree distribution in respective counties.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rock River Trail Initiative distributes free oak trees April 25-27

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- April 25-27, the Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) will be distributing free oak trees to the 11 counties along the Rock River.


Sauk Valley News: Rock River Trail Initiative picks up speed

Note from Rock River Trail Coordinator Greg Farnham:

Rock River Trail Initiative Council Members:

Attached is an article in last Thursday’s (March 8) Sauk Valley News about the Rock River Trail Initiative, a proposed River Action Group in the cities of Dixon, Rock Falls and Sterling, and mention of the new national water trails system established by the U.S. Department of the Interior.


New National Water Trails System to promote healthy, accessible rivers

Note from Rock River Trail Coordinator Greg Farnham: This appears to be very relevant and welcome news for our efforts to establish a recreation water trail on the Rock River.  Please read the release carefully as it describes a modification that has been made, presumably by the department secretary and not Congress, to the National Trails System Act to establish national water trails as a class of national recreation trails.


Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for December 2011

By Greg Farnham
RRTI Coordinator

Progress continued at the end of 2011 to establish a recreation Rock River Water Trail and a scenic and historic Rock River Route.


Rock River Trail Initiative: November 2011 update

By Greg Farnham
RRTI Coordinator

We are pleased to report good progress during November toward the objectives of establishing a recreational Rock River Water Trail and a scenic and historic Rock River Route.


Rockford passes resolution supporting Rock River Trail Initiative

Rockford City Council passed a resolution of support for the Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) at its Nov. 21 meeting at the request of the trail’s founder, The Rock River Times’ Editor & Publisher Frank Schier.


Rock River Trail Initiative names council members and advisers

A trail initiative council has been established by the Rock River Trail Initiative, a public-private partnership in Illinois and Wisconsin whose mission is to develop along the river a multi-use trail of recreational, scenic and historic interest. Frank Schier, editor and publisher of The Rock River Times, Rockford, Ill., and founder of the trail initiative, and Greg Farnham, commissioner of Lake Sinissippi Improvement District, Hustisford, Wis., serve as coordinators of the Rock River Trail Initiative.


Rock River Trail Initiative: Mission Statement

ROCK RIVER TRAIL INITIATIVE

MISSION STATEMENT


Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for October 2011

By Greg Farnham
RRTI Coordinator
and Frank Schier
RTTI Founder and Coordinator and Editor & Publisher of The Rock River Times

We appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and cooperation and are pleased to report good progress during September toward the objectives of establishing a recreation Rock River Water Trail and a scenic and historic Rock River Route.


Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for September 2011

By Greg Farnham
RRTI Coordinator
and Frank Schier
RTTI Founder and Coordinator and Editor & Publisher of The Rock River Times

Hello, everyone!

We hope all is well. We’ve been very busy, and we’re glad to say the members and date of the first Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) Council meeting will be announced in our October update. We have just a few folks to confirm.


Meet the Neighbors Conference a success

 

Greg Farnham, Lake Sinissippi commissioner.